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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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  • Every chance we get to visit Shell Island is always majestic and relaxing! Off season anyways! If u get a opportunity to visit Shell Island, don't pass it up.  more »
  • Beautiful and always worth the trip. There aren't really any shells despite the name, but there are shallow waters that you can walk less than knee deep in for a long length for the little ones and yo...  more »
  • We took the only tour to Shell island we could get at this time of the year. We only got to stay an hour but this is one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen. There is no need to fly all the...  more »