Shell Island

Uninhabited beauty

Shell Island, Florida, runs approximately seven-and-a-half miles adjacent to St. Andrew's State Recreational Area. Totally uninhabited by humans and only accessible by boat, Shell Island is a hidden gem for surfers, scuba divers and snorkelers. Because this barrier island is relatively secluded, its guests will be welcomed by pristine sand dunes, flocks of colorful seashells and rare ecological delights preserved from eons past. Visitors are transported from St. Andrews State Recreation Area to Shell Island via ferry.

Outdoor Focus

This unspoiled area is a peaceful place to camp, fish, bicycle, bird watch, hike, boat and more. Highlights include:

Area Attractions

The Panama City area is a reputed "wreck paradise" with more than 50 artificial reef sites and a bounty of marine life.

Area Events


Since Shell Island is uninhabited, you'll have to go to Panama City Beach for your nightlife. With beach bars, clubs and pubs for your partying pleasure, there'll be plenty of places to grab a bite, quench your thirst and dance.


You can camp along Shell Island's Grand Lagoon, which has a boat ramp, fishing pier, picnic and grilling area and restrooms.

Need to Know

A pristine haven, Shell Island lives up to its name. If you're ready to see what's lies beneath the waves, these Shell Island ideas will have you grabbing your gear in no time.

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Posted on 4/22/2017 1:45:00 AM by Anonymous
shelly good
Posted on 4/25/2016 4:36:00 AM by Anonymous
Went to She'll Island today. Very disappointed with lack of shells. Pieces, broken and scattered. Walked two miles and still didn't find anything good. Would not recommend to anyone the cost of being shuttled out there.
Posted on 8/21/2013 4:01:00 PM by Anonymous
We opted for the Shell Island Cruise on the Ashley Gorman and it was a nice ride. It took about 45 min. to get to the island and the same time to get back. While on the Island, we were given an hour to walk around, take pics, and see the wild life. We were lucky enough to see, what I think, was cownose rays in the water. They were very friendly and came very close to us while we were walking down the beach. I would for sure do it again and see if there was a way to spend more time on the Island. Two thumbs up
Posted on 12/2/2010 10:45:00 PM by Anonymous
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