Shell Island is a 7-mile long, undeveloped barrier island that’s a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Positioned between the Gulf of Mexico and St. Andrews Bay, Shell Island is Florida at its most natural. Here’s everything you need to know for a perfect day at Shell Island.
How to get there
Shell Island is only accessible by boat. If you have a boat, or have rented one, cruise on over to the island and drop an anchor just offshore. Renting a pontoon boat is a fun way to see the island as most can accommodate up to 10 passengers – just make sure your drivers is at least 21 years old.
If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to reach the island, The Shell Island Shuttle is a great option. During the high season, the shuttles run daily out of St. Andrews State Park getting you to and from the island quickly and efficiently.
What to do on the island
Panama City Beach has some of the best fishing along the gulf. Cast a line from the beach or right off your boat. Shell Island is also a beautiful place for paddle boarding, kayaking, and snorkeling. Of course, be sure to collect some shells and soak up the sun while you’re there.
As part of the St. Andrews State Park, this wildlife sanctuary has some pretty exciting residents. From bottle-nosed dolphins and sea turtles to nesting shorebirds and deer, Shell Island is home to a wide range of coastal creatures. If you’re lucky, you’ll catch a glimpse of some of them.
No matter how you spend your day, the sugar-white sand and seemingly endless views are sure to be breathtaking.
What to know before you go
Go prepared! Shell Island is a great place for family fun, but make sure to bring everything you need. There are no restroom facilities, concession stands, pavilions, or trash cans on the island, so don’t forget to bring all the food and beach supplies you’ll need for a fun-filled day in the sun.
Please plan to leave the island as pristine as you find it!