Shell Island, Panama City Beach

Currently Open
  • 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
  • Map

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

Love this? Explore the entire list of things to do in Panama City Beach before you plan your trip.

Fancy a good night's sleep after a tiring day? Check out where to stay in Panama City Beach and book an accommodation of your choice.

TripHobo Highlights for Shell Island

Need more info?

Shell Island, Panama City Beach Reviews

user-pics
Google+
  • 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 arrive...you 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.

Read all reviews

All Questions

shell island
    Simply click on Ask a Question to add question

Find places near Shell Island, Panama City Beach

  • Wells Fargo ATM 2509 Thomas Dr
    2.858 km away
  • ATM 2419 Thomas Dr
    2.931 km away
  • Trustmark ATM 3900 Marriott Dr
    1.7 km away
  • ATM 5323 N Lagoon Dr
    1.707 km away
  • ATM 2533 Thomas Dr
    2.837 km away
  • ATM 3829 Thomas Dr
    0.976 km away
View On Map
  • Wells Fargo Bank 2509 Thomas Dr
    2.861 km away
  • Trustmark 3900 Marriott Dr
    1.681 km away
  • Centennial Bank 2515 Thomas Dr
    2.793 km away
  • Bank of Camilla 5801 Thomas Dr
    2.262 km away
  • First Franklin Mortgage 2605 Thomas Dr
    2.642 km away
View On Map
  • Winn-Dixie 2533 Thomas Dr
    2.717 km away
  • Jessica Pierce 2419 Thomas Dr
    2.968 km away
  • Meda S. Webb 2533 Thomas Dr
    2.713 km away
  • Michele A. Dorr, R.Ph. 2533 Thomas Dr
    2.713 km away
  • Carol J. Collins, R.Ph. 2533 Thomas Dr
    2.713 km away
View On Map
  • Patches Pub 4723 Thomas Dr
    0.755 km away
  • Runaway Bay Caribbean Grill 3901 Thomas Dr
    1.023 km away
  • C-Level Bar & Grill 5508 Thomas Dr
    1.758 km away
  • Pelican's Bar & Grill 4114 Jan Cooley Dr
    1.919 km away
  • Half Baked Oyster Bar & Grill 2920 Thomas Dr
    2.117 km away
  • Newby's Too 4103 Thomas Dr
    0.923 km away
View On Map
  • Time Out Sports Bar & Grill 2903 Thomas Dr
    2.209 km away
  • Half Time Sports Bar & Grill 2903 Thomas Dr
    2.38 km away
  • 30 Degree Blue Pub and Eatery 3900 Marriott Dr
    1.66 km away
View On Map
  • Andy's Flour Power Cafe & Bakery 3123 Thomas Dr
    1.921 km away
  • Granny's Kitchen 2920 Thomas Dr
    2.108 km away
View On Map
  • Buster's Big Kahuna Cafe 5908 Thomas Dr
    2.322 km away
  • Bayou On The Beach Cafe 4106 Thomas Dr
    0.919 km away
  • Cuppys Coffee 2521 Thomas Dr
    2.802 km away
View On Map
  • Bay Point Marina 3824 Hatteras Ln
    1.685 km away
  • Bricks & Barley Pizza 3900 Marriott Dr
    1.765 km away
  • Al's Cheese Steak 2521 Thomas Dr
    2.807 km away
  • The Curve 4103 Thomas Dr
    0.905 km away
  • Capt Anderson Cruises 5550 N Lagoon Dr
    1.735 km away
  • Milk and Honey Frozen Yogurt 2439 Thomas Dr
    2.887 km away
View On Map
  • J Michael's Restaurant 3210 Thomas Dr
    1.828 km away
  • Schooners 5121 Gulf Dr
    1.346 km away
  • Omelet House 4924 Thomas Dr
    1.054 km away
  • Chicago Dawgs 5510 Thomas Dr
    1.791 km away
  • Christo's Sports Bar & Grill 2903 Thomas Dr
    2.221 km away
  • Halftime - Sports Eats & Spirits 2903 Thomas Dr
    2.256 km away
View On Map
  • Jin Jin II 2425 Thomas Dr
    2.924 km away
View On Map
  • Double Barrel Barbecue 2920 Thomas Dr
    2.115 km away
  • Sweet Racks 2920 Thomas Dr
    2.107 km away
  • Lime's Dockside Bar & Grill 4200 Marriott Dr
    1.912 km away
  • Lime's Dockside Bar & Grill 4114 Jan Cooley Dr
    1.668 km away
View On Map
  • Waffle Shop 2802 Thomas Dr
    2.367 km away
  • Surfside Pawn 5506 Thomas Dr
    1.77 km away
  • Off The Hook 5711 N Lagoon Dr
    1.732 km away
View On Map
  • Jinjin2 Chinease 2425 Thomas Dr
    2.904 km away
View On Map
  • Subway 2521 Thomas Dr
    2.802 km away
  • Wheelhouse Sandwich & Deli 2907 Thomas Dr
    2.213 km away
  • Sandcastle Sandwich 5711 N Lagoon Dr
    1.742 km away
View On Map
  • Shore Dogs 5908 Thomas Dr
    2.316 km away
  • The Sassy Seahorse 2914 Thomas Dr
    2.143 km away
  • Papa John's Pizza 2521 Thomas Dr
    2.799 km away
  • Pizza Hut 4200 Jan Cooley Dr
    2.005 km away
  • Papa John's Pizza 103 Middle Beach Rd
    2.684 km away
View On Map
  • The Crepe Escape 2521 Thomas Dr
    2.77 km away
View On Map
  • Jimmy's Curve Grill 4900 Thomas Dr
    0.985 km away
  • Shore Shack Pizza 4900 Thomas Dr
    0.985 km away
  • C Js At Bay Point Marina 3900 Marriott Dr
    1.709 km away
View On Map
  • Kingfish Restaurant 4200 Marriott Dr
    1.883 km away
  • Boatyard Restaurant 5323 N Lagoon Dr
    1.44 km away
View On Map
  • Marina Cantina 5550 N Lagoon Dr
    1.674 km away
View On Map
  • Vinnys Pizzeria 2521 Thomas Dr
    2.808 km away
  • Joey's On The Beach 8815 Thomas Dr
    2.811 km away
  • Willie Pepps Pizza 4900 Thomas Dr
    0.994 km away
  • Frankie D's 5508 Thomas Dr
    1.762 km away
  • Port of Call Pizzeria & Pub 2920 Thomas Dr
    2.118 km away
  • Cell Block Pizza 2521 Thomas Dr
    2.795 km away
View On Map
  • Cardenas Seafood Market 2810 Thomas Dr
    2.336 km away
  • Billy's Oyster Bar 3000 Thomas Dr
    2.03 km away
  • Scampy's Seafood & Steaks 4933 Thomas Dr
    1.078 km away
  • Surfside Shrimp Company Seafood Market 5514 Thomas Dr
    1.799 km away
  • Captain Anderson Marina & Fishing Fleet 5550 N Lagoon Dr
    1.547 km away
  • Pier 77 Seafood Restaurant 3016 Thomas Dr
    2.041 km away
View On Map
  • Dockside Seafood & Oyster House 5550 N Lagoon Dr
    1.733 km away
View On Map
  • Kingfish Restaurant & Sushi Bar 4114 Jan Cooley Dr
    1.864 km away
  • Kingfish Restaurant & Sushi Bar Bay Point Marriott Resort
    1.924 km away
View On Map
  • Jazmine Thai Cuisine 2629 Thomas Dr
    2.561 km away
View On Map
  • Shell 2905 Thomas Dr
    2.232 km away
  • Texaco 4909 Thomas Dr
    0.978 km away
  • Exxon 2521 Thomas Dr
    2.807 km away
  • Treasure Island Sunspot 3829 Thomas Dr
    1.163 km away
  • Thomas Drive Food Mart 4909 Thomas Dr
    0.977 km away
  • Fill Ups Food Store 2521 Thomas Dr
    2.802 km away
View On Map