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Shell Island, Panama City Beach

Categories: Islands, Beaches, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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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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  • Rented our own Pontoon for the day and made the trip. Beach was not crowded at all and able to sea more sea life than other areas. May not do this every time but would do again for sure. 
  • The ferry ride across to the island is part of the adventure but once there you'll be amazed at the white sand and the color of the sea. There are no fascilities on the island so you have to take in c...  read more »
  • We rented a pontoon boat from Lagoon Pontoon and went to Shell Island. It is so more nice than the beaches at the condos. Not nearly as crowded. The ferry's drop off a few times a day so it gets more ...  read more »
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