Beaches at St. Joseph

A faraway view of someone walking on the beach.
Visitor looking at Shells

Swimming, fishing, shelling, snorkeling and just relaxing on the beach are the most popular experiences. Many visitors are surprised by the park’s dunes — they are among the tallest intact dunes in the Florida panhandle. Rich marine life means snorkelers can spot a wide variety of creatures including trumpet fish, crabs and even starfish.

The dunes and beaches here are home to many species of unique and threatened wildlife. The park provides nesting beaches for massive loggerhead sea turtles as well as green sea turtles and leatherback sea turtles. One of only two groups of the elusive and imperiled St. Andrews beach mouse also live among the dunes.

The park is a Great Florida Birding Trail site, so don’t forget a camera or pair of binoculars! Migratory birds and butterflies rest here, and the beach is a crucial nesting site for native Florida birds like the snowy plover.

According to Park Ranger Dennis Whitley, the bay side beach has some of the best wildlife-viewing in Florida.

St. Joseph Birding