Loyalists to the Crown from the American Revolution were the first to settle in St Andrews, though it was originally occupied by the Passamaquoddy. The town was named for St Andrews, Scotland, and sits on a delta shaped penninsula with the St Croix River to its west and the Passamaquoddy Bay to the south and east. Minister's Island
, Navy Island, and St Andrews Island are located nearby, and "belong" to the town.
Attractions in town include the Charlotte Archives and Gaol, the Huntsman Aquarium, the Algonquin Resort Hotel and Golf Course, and an abundance of shops and restaurants. The wharf features boating activities, and the beach on the eastern side is a popular place to go beachcombing. Boat excursions are also available.
Chamcook Mtn offers hiking with a spectacular view of the islands and towns to the south, including Deer Island, Roosevelt Campobello International Park, Grand Manan, Eastport or Moose Island, St George, Black's Harbour, and the Fundy Isles.