Shell Island – Florida

Shell Island – Florida

Shell Island is an incredible uninhabited island near Panama City Beach, Florida. Spending a day out here is so much fun. Next time you are in Panama City Beach rent a boat and take a trip out to Shell Island. Shell Island is a little island just out a ways in the Gulf and easily accessible from Panama City Beach, Florida. I promise you it will be an awesome day. You can rent a boat like we did or catch a shuttle from St. Andrews State Park – $16.95 Adults – $8.95 Children – Infants free. Sheraton Bay Point Resort also offers a shuttle out there for $10 per person.

There are several places that rent boats, including Tyndall AFB if your military.

On a nice day there will be a lot of boats out there. The water on the side that faces toward Panama City Beach, FL is quite calm. You can walk over the other side that faces into the open Gulf of Mexico and the waves are much larger and there’s more shells.


 This is the side with larger waves. You can see the difference.


We mostly stuck to the calm side where the kids could run, play, and swim.



There is nothing out here so you will need to take everything you need for the day with you. Here is a list of suggested things to take with you.
  • Life jackets
  • Sunscreen
  • Bronzing lotion
  • Sunglasses
  • Towel (optional)
  • Beach Blanket
  • Snorkel set
  • Goggles
  • Waterproof Camera
  • Bathing suits
  • Bathing suit cover up
  • Sunshirt with built in SPF
  • Flip flops
  • Wide brimmed hats
  • Water shoes
  • Sunshade/Umbrella
  • Skim board
  • Boogie Board
  • Blow-up float
  • Food
  • Water



Just for fun, here’s a few pictures of my kids having fun on the boat! We let Noah drive!



Shell Island is an approximately 7-mile long undeveloped barrier island running east to west between the Gulf of Mexico and the St. Andrew Bay.
Here you’ll find natural Florida, where sand dunes, coastal scrub forest, pine hammocks, and an inland lake provides the perfect home for deer, nesting shorebirds, and all manner of coastal creatures, including ghost crabs and endangered species such as Choctawhatchee Beach Mice, piping plovers, snowy plovers, and loggerhead and green sea turtles.

Skimboarding at Shell Island

Skimboarding at Shell Island

Skimboarding at Shell Island

Shell Island

By | 2018-06-19T11:31:51+00:00 October 29th, 2013|Florida, Panama City Beach|0 Comments

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Meagan is the author and host of Mommy Travels, a family travel and lifestyle blog. She has been traveling the world with her three kids for over a decade and loves sharing her adventures and tips with others.

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