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 trip to Panama City Beach with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.
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  • Took boat tour to watch dolphins and walk around Shell Island for an hour or so. Total tour time is about 3 1/2 hours. Calm waters. A little commentary about the area. Very friendly staff. Shell Islan...  more »
  • Shell Island is nice to place to visit if you have your own boat or rent pontoon boat. I like to park pontoon boat by shell island to enjoy swim, walk on beautiful sand.  more »
  • Wonderful trip for all ages. Shell Island was beautiful. Feeding the birds on the way to the island was very fun. The staff was very friendly and informative. I would recomend this trip to others.  more »

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As a popular vacation destination, Panama City Beach has an abundance of accommodations. A beachfront hotel room or condo is the perfect base for a tranquil luxury vacation. Rooms with a balcony overlooking the Gulf of Mexico are in high demand. However, resorts and properties close to the shore are often expensive, and those on a budget should consider a motel farther from the beach.
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