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“Not To Be Missed!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of St. Andrews State Park

St. Andrews State Park
4607 State Park Lane, Panama City, FL 32408
850 233 5140
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Type: Beaches, State Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Sunbathing, Swimming, Walking
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Owner description: Find an abundance of sand dollars here.
Lincoln, Nebraska
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68 attraction reviews
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
“Not To Be Missed!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

There is so much nature to enjoy at this park that one visit is simply not enough. From the moment you enter the park and slowly drive the circle route you will constantly see a variety of flora and fauna. We saw the largest great horned owl I have ever seen; it was HUGE, near the old turpentine still. The beach is awesome and the many nature trails will amaze you at every twist and turn in this wonderful coastal enclave. There is a large deer herd that comes out to feed near sunset. They are comfortable around humans and I suspect many ignore the advice to avoid feeding the wildlife. If you're fortunate, you may even spy the elusive American alligator. Herons and egrets of all sorts are to be found in the freshwater marsh.

Visited December 2013
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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“Back to the Wild”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

It is not quite like taking a safari in Africa, but it is a great place to get away from the beach community, and talk a long walk in an earlier time, before commerce and community conquered the landscape. We spent three hours, just enjoying the trees, swamp, birds, and beach. It's all there at the east end of Panama City Beach. A small fee to get in, and you can relax for a few hours in nature. We highly recommend it, especially for those spending several days in one of the motels or condo's along Panama City Beach.

You need to realize during the winter months not every concession will be open, but the flip side is you will have much of the place all to yourself. Great tradeoff if you want to look for some of the little forest animals that live in the park.

Visited December 2013
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Bluffton, Sc
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Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
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“Pristine State Park”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

Fabulous white sandy beach. We collected lots of shells. Saw a couple of raccoons. It started raining one day, so we came back another day to enjoy the park again. There is camping. We briefly drove through the camping area - looked great and scenic.

Visited November 2013
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“Avoid. Disorganized and they don't care about you”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

Called ahead to rent a boat to take the shell island jaunt. Machine said they open at 10:00.
Drive 1 1/2 hours one way to rent about only to find that both the tour and the boat rental place are closed for the season.
The lady at the main gate blamed everyone else when asked why they didn't put that they were closed on their machine message, and she was rather rude and snippy about it.
This place obviously does not care about you.....spend your time and money somewhere else.
What an unpleasant experience and a waste of time and effort.

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Winter Springs, Florida
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37 attraction reviews
Reviews in 60 cities Reviews in 60 cities
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
“Fun camping on the beach”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

We camped at St. Andrews for Thanksgiving. The campsites were nearly full. Our campsite was not directly on the water, but we selected it because it is very large and relatively private. The campsites vary widely with some being very small, some large, some very close to neighbors, some relatively private, some with a lot of trees, and some with little vegetation. We enjoyed the short hiking trail, artifact displays, and the beach. There are deer everywhere and they are not shy. There are many activities such as kayaking to do there, but we didn't explore those options.

Visited November 2013
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