Shell Island, Panama City Beach

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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
  • Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
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About Shell Island, Panama City Beach

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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Shell Island, Panama City Beach Reviews

  • always great to have access too! we loved our boat ride!

  • The marked building is not the Shell Island Shuttle. The shuttle is ran mid-March through the end of October. March until Memorial Day and Labor Day to the end of October it is located at the three way stop in the Camp Store. From Memorial Day to Labor Day it is located just after this building, being the first right and first parking lot on the right at the Gulf Pier Store

  • Beautiful, tranquil beach area away from the hustle and bustle of PCB. The trip over on the ferry is about fifteen minutes and the view is gorgeous as you approach the island. Reminds me a lot of traveling in the Caribbean! The cost is about $20 bucks a person for an adult and then I generally tip the crew another five. They work for tips and it is pretty customary in the service industry to tip for services (this in response to someone who had posted about not feeling the need to post for service since she had paid for a ticket). Many times I have been out and we've seen dolphins in the bay. Captain Squid stops the ferry close enough for us to closely observe them and grab a few pictures...and we didn't even have to pay for the dolphin excursion! :-) Those who are on vacation and complaining about having to wait ten or fifteen minutes for the ferry to are on vacation...relax! While waiting for the ferry to return to the island and you had to wait without shade? You've been on that island all day without shade and you are complaining about another ten minutes? Some people are never happy about anything! :-( The area near the landing inside the jetty is ideal for snorkeling since the water is much calmer than on the gulf side. I have seen numerous schools of fish, puffers and some sand dollars. It is gorgeous down there and shallow enough you don't need your fins to enjoy it!! I haven't found a lot of shells while walking on the beach out there, but I have never ventured that far down the island either. I generally take my beach chair, umbrella, sunblock, snacks and water out to the gulf side and hang out or my snorkel equipment and spend the morning or afternoon snorkeling. Either way it is an awesome day! The great part is you can go for a couple of hours or spend the whole day! Just remember there is NO shade, no restrooms and no snack bar, so if you need it, bring it with you. I believe there is some sort of set up in the landing area that I've seen open at times for beverages, but it seems to be seasonal and I am not sure what they do sell because I bring my own. It is on a boat in the water so you have to wade out to it. Just a note. If you are planning to walk to the gulf side from the landing area, it is "a hike" through the sand, so bring the minimal requirements. Large coolers and heavy chairs get pretty cumbersome if you are trying to drag them that distance on a hot day. I consider the reward at the end of the path worth it, but there have been several times I was ready to turn around and head back to the ferry! LOL If you are looking to just hang out on the beach and drink beer, you can certainly do it a lot more cheaply and with less work by staying in PCB. If you want to have a special treat while on vacation and get away from the crowds, enjoy some amazing snorkeling and have a little piece of paradise to yourself, I would strongly suggest checking it out!!

  • Horrible place, lots of hidden fees make the cost much more than advertised. People are unfriendly, and the boat isn't very nice either. Avoid this, and have a better vacation!

  • Awesome Trip!! This is a MUST DO when in Panama City Beach. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The island is beautiful and mostly untouched other than a dock and the walkway from the bay to the gulf side.

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