St. Andrews Jetties, Panama Beach

St. Andrews Jetties, Panama Beach
USA East


Site Review by
Date: 01/11/2004


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Anonymous Entry:    4.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    4.00
City:   Reef:    3.00
State:   Animal:    4.00
Country:   Plant:    3.00
Diving:   2 years Facilities:    3.00
 Dives:   40 Solitude   2.00
    Roads:    4.00


*Average:    3.46
Not really the jetties, but the rocks inside the state park to make the "kiddy pool". I snorkeled it last summer not realizing that would have been the perfect opportunity to scuba alone. Very shallow, many families up on the beach, lots of people in the water, but not so many near the rocks because the depth is over your head. Very snorkelable, but would have been even better on scuba. Lots of sergeant majors, some grouper, one a really good size. Lots of mullet, some plant life, some sponge life. Pretty decent get-a-way if you are on a 4 day vacation with your in-laws! The stone crabs were releasing their eggs when I was there, Fathers' Day weekend 2003. That was really neat. Must research if they do that in accordance to lunar phases like coral. Hmmm...Definitely going back Fathers' Day weekend 2004! Shore entry very waves! Bottom condition, it's not the Bahamas, but there are some cool things to look at. Facilities...the restrooms were a bit of a hike away from where you enter the water, but there are fresh water showers closer to the water. I would do a night dive here, but not alone, because I am chicken! Those more advanced and/or experienced in different sites may be bored with this site. Visibility was about 15 or so feet when I was there, but I could see that conditions here could probably go downhill very quickly with an afternoon thunderstorm or tide change. The current gets really bad if you attempt to go through the opening in the rocks to go to the other side. I tried on snorkel but chickened out. ;) Yes, I am a girl and I was alone! :)    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    4.00
Beginner:    5.00
Intermediate:    4.00
Advanced:    4.00
Night diving:    1.00

Seasonal Information

Season:    Summer
Year:    2003
Visibility:    4.00
Current:    4.00
Surf:    5.00

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