Shell Island, Panama City Beach

3.7
#4 of 11 in Parks in Panama City Beach
One of the state's most well-preserved and wild barrier islands, Shell Island stretches for nearly 11.3 km (7 mi) along the Florida coast. Home to a wide array of native creatures, including several rare and endangered animals, the island will give you the chance to spot sea turtles, crabs, seabirds, and more in their natural habitats. Hit the waves, bask on the white sand beaches, or explore the lush surroundings. While half the landmass belongs to the U.S. Air Force, the rest, St. Andrews State Park, is accessible from the mainland via a water shuttle that runs regularly. Keep in mind that the island is a pristine, natural environment without facilities like restrooms, concession stands, or garbage cans. Plan trip to Panama City Beach with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.
map
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors
Create an itinerary including Shell Island
Shell Island Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
1,942 reviews
TripAdvisor
  • We went here about 10 years ago. We decided since we were staying in Florida again, we would make the trip out hoping for the same beauty and serenity. We found it. Our family snorkeled here and just ...  more »
  • We rented a boat (on a Monday) and headed to shell island. We had six kids. All ages 12-14. It was absolutely their favorite day of our trip. Make sure to pack coolers with quick food (lunchmeat, PB&J...  more »

Plan your trip to Panama City Beach

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in Panama City Beach

View all >
4.7
Duration: 3​h 30​min
4.7
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.5
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.8
Duration: 30​min

Kid-friendly things to do in Panama City Beach

View all >
4.6
Duration: 2​h
4.4
Duration: 2​h
3.9
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.2
Duration: 1​h 30​min

Side trips from Panama City Beach

4.8
Duration: 4​h
4.7
Duration: 2​h
4.0
Duration: 2​h

Hidden gems in Panama City Beach

4.7
Duration: 2​h
4.9
Duration: 4​h 30​min
4.5
Duration: 2​h
4.4
Duration: 2​h

Fun & Games in Panama City Beach

3.4
Duration: 2​h
4.9
Duration: 30​min
4.1
Duration: 2​h
3.8
Duration: 2​h

Nearby attractions in Panama City Beach

4.7
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.9
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.9
Duration: 2​h
4.8
Duration: 4​h