St. Andrews Jetties, Panama Beach

St. Andrews Jetties, Panama Beach
USA East


Site Review by
Date: 09/13/2006


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Dennis Entry:    3.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    4.00
City:   Panama City Reef:    4.00
State:   FL Animal:    5.00
Country:   Plant:    3.00
Diving:   2 years Facilities:    4.00
 Dives:   65 Solitude   2.00
    Roads:    3.00


*Average:    3.73
I've made this dive several times. It's a long hike from the parking and showers to the water. Most folks dive on the channel side, entering and exiting from the "kiddy pool". I way prefer to dive at slack tide and enter on the Gulf/surf side and swim the whole jetty out to the end, then back on the channel side, exiting through the kiddy pool. The largest flounder I've ever seen live on the surf side of the jetty about a third of the way out; some real door mats! Too bad spearing is illegal in the state park. I've seen ling on the outside, as well as a variety of jacks. Mangrove snappers are everywhere and groupers anywhere close to deep water. Dive on the channel side and descend the barren-looking slope to 60 feet for lots of sand dollars. You can't always rely on the Tide Tables at this site, but learn to use them as they are what counts when diving. This is a great dive, but be prepared to deal with current at the end of the rocks regardless of the state of the tide. Beware that there is sometimes a current running down the coast.    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    2.00
Beginner:    4.00
Intermediate:    5.00
Advanced:    4.00
Night diving:    3.00

Seasonal Information

Season:    Summer
Year:    2006
Visibility:    4.00
Current:    2.00
Surf:    3.00

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