One of the secrets of St. Andrews State Park is its gentle, sweeping beach along Sandy Point, a natural extension of the barrier island that divides Grand Lagoon from St. Andrews Bay. Both the bay side and the inlet side attract anglers, but it’s the sweep of white sand beach away from the crowds that makes this beauty spot worth the walk.
Location: St. Andrews State Park, Panama City Beach
Lat-Lon: 30.128877, -85.723400
Fees: $5-8 per vehicle.
Open: 8 AM until sunset daily
Pets are not permitted on beaches. There are no facilities available at Sandy Point, although there are restrooms at both parking areas that provide access to this area.
From the parking area adjoining the docks and the Pine Flatwoods Trail, a well-worn pathway leads along the water’s edge out to this promontory jutting out into St. Andrews Bay. In the morning hours, you’ll see anglers pulling carts along out to their favored fishing spots. A well-worn dune crossing leads over the point to the beach side, which can also be reached by a long walk along the inlet from the main parking area at Jetty Beach. From either direction, it takes about a 20 minute walk, about a half mile, to claim a piece of this sugar white sand as your own.