Named by Dr. Beach (Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman) as America¿s Best Beach in 1995, St. Andrews is well known for its sugar white sand and crystal-clear emerald green water. This 1,260-acre park is located on a peninsula with over 1.5 miles of beach on the Gulf of Mexico and Grand Lagoon.
The entrance has evolved from the old style of wooden gates to a modern keyless entrance over the years. The entrance station itself is now located beyond the sign at the front of the park.
The Beach area has changed over the years from having tree stumps to being total sand, sea oats, and dunes. All of the tree stumps have completely been removed by storms and dredging over the years.
The Jetties Use Area known as the Kiddie Pool area was used as a place for young ones to learn how to swim from the 1950s-1980s. This area has also changed over the years due to renovations as well as storm surges.
This picture is of the World War II barracks during the 1940s. During this time in the park's history, the Army/Coast Guard used the park as part of St. Andrews Military Sound.