Shell Island1212 Votes 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
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 Travel Tips
- 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.
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94.43% of people who visit Panama City Beach include Shell Island in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
45.76% of people start their Shell Island visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Shell Island
94.43% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Shell Island
Shell Island Reviews & Ratings
I loved the crewmembers on the shuttle to Shell Island. they were cute, funny, and had great friendly personalities. They made sure that you had a place to go after you were out in the sun on shell island for an hour or 25 parking the shuttle at the dock and allowing you on board. They were very sweet and friendly and held a great conversation with the passengers. It was a nice day exploring the little island and hanging out on the water taxi.
Took this shuttle and the drive was very friendly and helpful- offering to put our stuff on the back of the bus. We rented snorkel gear from here and it was inexpensive and a very fun time. The bus and ferry to shell island were easy and quick, the island was nice and they had concessions if you didn’t pack a lunch. Highly recommend going to shell island on this shuttle
My family and I rented the pontoon for the 8 hour period and absolutely loved it! snorkeling in the Bay was really great we collected sand dollars/ shells and observed several different species of fish. The pontoon boat itself was a newer model and in very good condition, and the staff was very friendly and helpful.
Lovely experience! It was so fun 'diving' for treasures. There is so much to see and explore. We paid to see dolphins in Destin, yet we saw dolphins in the wild while waiting for our shuttle. Be sure to eat before you go! We had little ones that were hungry or we would have stayed longer.
We have rented from this place two years In a row and it’s been wonderful! They explain everything to you and give you a map to try and make your trip as enjoyable as possible! I would definitely recommend!!