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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  • It’s an absolutely wild. There is absolutely no one to help you in case anything happens. Boat comes in every 2 hours. No lifeguards no security no body!!!!!!!!  more »
  • Great place to see one of the cleanest beaches in the area. No services so you need to take chairs food etc with you. But remember not to leave anything there.  more »
  • We rented a boat for the day and traveled to shell island. The sand and water are absolutely amazing. If you go to Panama city go to shell island.  more »
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  • Great place to look for shells that you will not typically find at the beach behind your hotel. We found a sand dollar and other nice shells. We used Captain Andersons tour boats to get there.
  • White sands beach, shells, clear blue water
  • Had a great time with our Group trip / scouts !!! Thank You AGAIN ... & Love the AMERICAN FLAG 😎😎😎😎
  • Simply beautiful
  • Awesome

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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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