Nestled between the sparkling Gulf of Mexico and the tranquil St. Andrews Bay lies a hidden gem waiting to be discovered: Shell Island. This untouched barrier island offers a slice of paradise that promises to rejuvenate your spirit and create unforgettable memories. From pristine beaches to vibrant marine life, let's delve in to the top activities that make Shell Island a must-visit destination.
Seashell Treasure Hunt
Shell Island lives up to its name. Sand dollars, moon snails, conch shells, pin shells, periwinkles, whelk and olive shells are just a few of the indigenous seashells found here. And, as long as there are no creatures living in them, there is no limit to how many of these one-of-a-kind souvenirs you can take home with you. Embark on a leisurely stroll along the shoreline and uncover an array of stunning shells.
Nature Trails and Wildlife Spotting
For nature lovers, Shell Island presents a plethora of opportunities. Explore the island's undulating sand dunes and pine hammocks that provide an opportunity to immerse yourself in the island's natural, untouched beauty. Encounter a diverse array of wildlife, including docile deer, nesting shorebirds, elusive ghost crabs, bottlenose dolphins, and perhaps even a glimpse of the island's most special inhabitants- the endangered sea turtles.
Picnic in Paradise
Pack a cooler or picnic basket and relish a serene day by the shoreline. Shell Island is big on nature and low on commercial trappings - you won't find concession stands, restroom facilities, picnic pavilions or trash receptacles. So, when you come, be prepared and plan to bring containers or bags to take out everything you brought in.
The waters surrounding Shell Island beckon adventure seekers. Whether you're snorkeling in the crystal-clear shallows, kayaking along the coast, or simply enjoying a leisurely swim, the island offers a wealth of aquatic experiences. Remember to bring your own equipment and adhere to responsible water activity practices.
Shell Island Shuttle and Boat Tours
To reach Shell Island, you can choose between various transportation options. The Shell Island Shuttle provides convenient access, running daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during spring and summer, offering beach accessories and snacks for sale during peak seasons. Alternatively, rent a boat or jet ski and relish the freedom to explore at your own pace.
Panama City Beach boasts fantastic fishing, and Shell Island is no exception. Cast a line from the shore, charter a boat, or try your hand at fishing from a pontoon. Remember to obtain a fishing license and enjoy the thrill of reeling in some remarkable catches.
Fun in the Sun Forget Me Nots
- Cooler or picnic basket with food and drinks
- Snorkel gear
- Fishing gear
- Beach chairs and umbrella