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Shell Island, Panama City Beach

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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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  • Shell Island was lots of fun but be prepared! There are no structures on the island- no concessions, no bathrooms --- just sand and water. There is a gulf side and a Bay side. To get to the island you...  more »
  • nicest beach and nicest view ever!! we rented a boat and came here, I enjoyed this soooo much! we will come back  more »
  • Great beach. Lots of beautiful shells. Highly recommend. You will not be disappointed. Sand is so soft and white.  more »

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