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Shell Island, Panama City Beach
(3.6/5 based on 1,300+ reviews on the web)
One of the state's most well-preserved and wild barrier islands, Shell Island stretches for nearly 11.3 km (7 mi) along the Florida coast. Home to a wide array of native creatures, including several rare and endangered animals, the island will give you the chance to spot sea turtles, crabs, seabirds, and more in their natural habitats. Hit the waves, bask on the white sand beaches, or explore the lush surroundings. While half the landmass belongs to the U.S. Air Force, the rest, St. Andrews State Park, is accessible from the mainland via a water shuttle that runs regularly. Keep in mind that the island is a pristine, natural environment without facilities like restrooms, concession stands, or garbage cans. Plan your Shell Island visit and explore what else you can see and do in Panama City Beach using our Panama City Beach vacation route planner.
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  • We rented a pontoon boat and took it to the bay side of the island. We waded in the sea grass on the bay side and saw lots of different marine animals. Several of the kids went out waist deep and fish...  more »
  • Had a blast relaxing in the sun on Shell Island! Only had 12 guests on the shuttle with us - so felt like a private oasis for the day! Water was beautiful and so clear! Found so many amazing shells ou...  more »
  • All the beaches in this part of Florida are beautiful. This one is, too. But with the name "Shell Island" you kind of expect to find lots of shells! We found a couple small ones. I wouldn't make a spe...  more »