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Shell Island, Panama City Beach

(3.6/5 based on 1,400+ 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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  • I love visiting shell island when in Panama City Beach, it has the coolest sea life and the dolphins are always jumping around. The water is crystal clear and perfect for snorkeling. 
  • getting in the water in my shorts and shirt,get all soaking wet,so is my sister,it's pristine,clear. 
  • Brad the Viking at Adventures by the Sea took us over to the island after watching the resident local wild dolphins. Beautiful uninhabited island although well picked over shells despite being their o...  more »