Campgrounds in St. Andrews Bay, Florida

by John Cagney Nash
The white sands of the Gulf around Panama City are a major reason for its popularity.

The white sands of the Gulf around Panama City are a major reason for its popularity.

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St. Andrews Bay is a cove located on the Gulf of Mexico in Florida's Panhandle, northeast of St. Andrews sound. Because of the bay's heavy salinity it was home to a number of Civil War salt works; it has no major freshwater tributary, and in this it is unique in Florida. St. Andrews Bay is a designated Aquatic Preserve, has the Panhandle's largest seagrass stock and supports approximately 3,600 species, a significant number of which are protected. Following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, President Barack Obama, with his daughter Sasha, chose the bay to take a swim intended to display their absolute confidence that the region's waters and beaches had not been fouled. Panama City is located on the bay.

Raccoon River Campground

Raccoon River Campground ( is centrally located in Panama City Beach, within easy walking distance of the beach, and provides both RV and tent camping sites on a by-night or contract basis. On-site amenities include two swimming pools, remodeled bath houses, guest laundry facilities, a convenience store, basketball and volleyball courts and a private fishing area where no license is required. Sites are all full hookup, and the entire property benefits from Wi-Fi access. Staff are friendly and accommodating, well versed in the area's attractions and happy to share that knowledge. Note that persons must be 18 or older to rent a campsite, and no unattended children under age of 15 are allowed anywhere on the premises. Raccoon River is pet-friendly, but with restrictions on where dogs may be walked.

Panama City RV Resort

Panama City RV Resort ( has approximately 70 full hookup RV sites arranged on a one-way private road; almost 20 of the slips are pull-through, and 50-amp electricity is available. The complex also offers four condos for rent. By-night and long-stay residential contracts are available. The property is just across a road from the beach and is within walking distance of St. Andrews State Park; access is gated. Free Wi-Fi is available in hotspots. The property features a bathhouse, heated pool, guest laundry facilities and an exercise room; the entire property is exquisitely landscaped with bricked access roads and lush tropical foliage. Panama City RV Resort is pet-friendly, allowing two animals per berth.

Pineglen RV Park and Campground

Pineglen RV Park and Campground ( offers RV slips and tent sites nestled among groves of palm and pine trees. This gated property features stocked private fishing ponds, a screened pool with sun deck, manicured landscaping in the communal areas, a fire pit and climate-controlled bathhouses and laundry facilities. Pineglen is pet-friendly, with a dedicated dog walking area, and also offers complementary dog-washing facilities so that owners can remove beach sand and the like before their four-legged friends bound back into their RVs. However, large dogs and dogs with guard bloodlines are not allowed. High-speed Wi-Fi is available across the property. Waterfront slips are available, and all sites are paved. A resident manager is on-site, whose concentration is providing guests with a trouble-free enjoyable experience.

St. Andrews State Park

St. Andrews State Park ( takes full advantage of the sugar-white sands and emerald green waters for which St. Andrews Bay is justly renowned. Formerly a military reservation, the park benefits from more than a mile and a half of beaches both on the Gulf and on Grand Lagoon. There is a jetty, a boat ramp and two fishing piers. Nature trails are maintained through diverse coastal environments. The park offers both RV slips and tent camping, with 176 sites in total. A concession sells snacks and souvenirs and rents out kayaks, an on-site dump station is available, guest-only laundry facilities are provided and there are five bathhouses.

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