Shell Island

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  • Address: 4607 State Park Lane, Panama City, FL 32408, United States, Panama City Beach
  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • Phone: +1-8502330504
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 03:00 Hrs

Shell Island - Review

You will find Florida at its natural best in this place. This is a 7- mile stretch of island that runs from the Gulf of Mexico to the St. Andrews Bay from the east to the west. This unexploited piece of land has the most spectacular views and surroundings. You will see sand dunes here that are uncommon in the other parts of the country. The Island also includes the St. Andrew’s State Park where you can go boating, kayaking or just bird watching.

This was once just a peninsula. It was later converted into an island when better communication facilities such as bridges and boats were made available to strengthen trade relations between Port Panama City and the Gulf of Mexico. It is here that the earliest Native Americans and the Spanish explorers came and settled down. This place is also known to have been the hideout of pirates at one point of time long ago.

The number of rare and exotic plant and migratory bird species found here will amaze you. Some of the plants here include scrub forests, pine hammocks, etc. There is also a lovely lake in here. You will also find a large number of beautiful land and sea creatures here that you have not seen or heard of before such as ghost crabs, shore birds, Choctawhatchee Beach Mice, piping plovers, snowy plovers, loggerheads, green sea turtles and so many more. It is simply like stepping into some other world from where you will not feel like coming back!

Shell Island Information

  • This is a completely open area with no food and water facilities. You are to pack everything with you to sustain you throughout your visit.
  • You will not get any washroom or toilet facilities out here.
  • This place is not meant for swimming.
  • The Shell Island shuttle or boats are the only ways to reach the Island.

Restaurants Near Shell Island

  • Montego Bay Seafood House
  • Scampy’s Seafood and Steaks
  • Schooners
  • Capt. Andersons
  • Runaway Bay Caribbean Grill
  • Omelet House
  • Pier 77 Seafood Restaurant

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TripHobo Highlights for Shell Island

  • Shell Island Address: 4607 State Park Lane, Panama City, FL 32408, United States, Panama City Beach
  • Shell Island Contact Number: +1-8502330504
  • Shell Island Timing: 24-hrs
  • Shell Island Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Shell Island(preferred time): 11:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Shell Island: 03:00 Hrs
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Things to Know Before Visiting Shell Island

  • 95% of people who visit Panama City Beach include Shell Island in their plan

  • 33.03% of people start their Shell Island visit around 11 AM - 12 PM

  • People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Shell Island

Monday, Saturday and Sunday

94.24% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Shell Island

People normally club together Sea Dragon Pirate Cruise and Paradise Adventures Catamaran while planning their visit to Shell Island.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

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Shell Island, Panama City Beach Reviews

  • Really had a great experience in May. They were very quick in getting us out on the water. Boat was well cared for. Took great deal of time in safety prior to us leaving dock. Thought they were easily the best deal! We will definitely use again this summer!

  • We rented a pontoon from St. Andrews & drove over to Shell Island. It’s a beautiful beach with clear water & white sand. We saw stingrays & many sand dollar shells. It was sprinkling & windy but we still enjoyed the day there. So pristine! Definitely worth a visit!!

  • Beautiful place and everyone was so friendly and helpful with getting our coolers and everything loaded into the bus and boat. They did mention a “short” walk to the beach when in reality it would have taken an hour to get to the pretty side of the island with coolers and wagons! I recommend renting chairs and umbrellas and taking a small bag or cooler!!! The water was nice and clear and we found shells, saw sting rays in the water, and climbed on the rocks. When our first get off the boat the water on that side is murky and full of fish and jelly fish. It’s worth the walk to get to the pretty beach but pack light!!!!

  • It’s was an amazing experience! My daughter and i couldn’t have asked for a better experience they went above and beyond making sure we were taken care of. Shell island was breath taking.

  • The island is beautiful, but No one working in the park seems to understand where folks are actually supposed to purchase tickets... which of course led to mass confusion when everyone showed up at the docks. Some with tickets, some without. We were given incorrect info on where to purchase tickets multiple times this morning. Finally figured it out......but not before the whole family was yelling at each other.

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