Pack your cooler and take off for a day at Shell Island! Our large comfortable ferry trip offers:
- The absolute most convenient and least expensive way to enjoy Shell Island!
- FREE parking at the Marina!
- A designated area next to the ferry slip to off-load all your beach equipment
- A private dock on the island with a short boardwalk taking you to the clean white gulf sands
- Snack bar concessions available twice a day: Hot dogs, pickles, chips, cold drinks & icees, cookies, candy, nuts, etc.
- Bathroom facility on board
- Paddle board rentals available
Let the Shell Island Express Ferry take your family from the Grand Lagoon (don't forget to check out the nesting ospreys on the way) through St. Andrews Bay over to Shell Island. This 7.5 mile long, half mile wide barrier island separates the St. Andrews Bay from the Gulf of Mexico.
We dock up in legendary Spanish Shanty Cove. Written records of early Spanish expeditions reported sightings of "tall" Indians living in lodges thatched with palm trees along many magnificent harbors and deep pockets customary to this area. The Spanish explorers built several forts and outposts along the Gulf Coast.....one was in a sheltered shallow-water cove on Shell Island, still known as Spanish Shanty Cove.
This section of the island, owned by St. Andrews State Park, is as close to nature as possible; sea oats cover the dunes and turtle nest sites are protected. On the Gulf side, pristine white sand stretches as far as the eye can see!
While on Shell Island you can do everything you normally do at the beach with one big difference - no big buildings behind you! You can keep all the shells you find (that do not have inhabitants)! Make sure to bring all you need for the day; sunscreen, cooler w/ ice & refreshments, etc, and save all your trash for pick up by the boat.
In season, shuttles from the marina begin at 9:30 am with last trip at 3:30 pm. Call for reservations 1-800-874-2415 or 850-234-3435 or book online at www.CaptAndersonsMarina.com
SEE YOU AT Capt. Anderson’s Marina, known as the place “Where the Fish are Always Biting, and the Kids are Always Smiling”!