Historic Saint Andrews is full of history and exciting things to do if you want a day away from the beach and hectic crowds of Panama City Beach, Florida. Plus, you can experience many sites and activities that only the locals know about. St. Andrews is full of great restaurants, shops, and bars.
There are miles of white sandy beaches and endless opportunities for outdoor activities. Let’s look at five exciting things to do in Historic St. Andrews!
#1 Beach-side Dining
If you like Thai food, there’s a great little Thai restaurant a short walk down 10th Street. But if you don’t want to stray too far from the boat ramp, there’s a great little pizza restaurant called St. Andrews Slice House. Here they serve regular and GF artisanal pizzas, just steps down 11th Ct.
Tour the Farmers Market for everything from local produce and hot foods to local arts and crafts. Check out Alice’s on Bayview overlooking St. Andrews Marina for anything from chicken wings to smoked tuna dip this quaint little dive serves up good food and great service.
In the summer, St. Andrews is the place to go for music festivals. Blessing of the Fleet, Fish Fry & Burning of the Socks goes down at St. Andrews Marina on Saturday, May 20, 2023. The event includes a Fish Fry from 10 am – 3 pm followed by a Processional of water vessels starting at 12:00 noon. Everything wraps up with the Sock Burning to kick off the summer.
The 2023 Gulf Coast Jam at Frank Brown Park kicks off on Thursday, June 1. It lasts until Sunday, June 4, and features popular groups and artists such as Brooks and Dunn, Miranda Lambert, and Tracey Lawrence – to name a few.
#3 Historic St. Andrews Printing Company and Walking Tour
At the Printing Company Museum, you’ll get to browse the personal and business artifacts of George West. West is considered the father of Panama City and contributed greatly to its economic future. You’ll also examine those of West’s third wife Lillian Carlisle West who aided him in creating Panama City’s first newspapers.
A guided walking tour of the St. Andrews community takes place every Wednesday and Friday at 1 p.m. The tour lasts about 90 minutes, and the walk is pleasant.
#4 St. Andrews Marina
At the Historic St. Andrews Marina, there are between 15 and 20 charter boats available. Also, transient boat parking lets you pull in for a couple of hours at a time. You can tie off your boat at Uncle Ernie’s and eat there. You can also transient boat parking to shop, dine, or walk along the pier.
For shopping in St. Andrews try hopping on over to Gypsybeach Treasured Kreations to find, as their Facebook page puts it – vintage, beach chic, farmhouse chic, re-funked furniture, and sea trees. If it’s trendy clothes you’re looking for, look no further than The Trendy Side. They offer bright, colorful, and frilly gowns, sun dresses, outfits, and accessories.
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