Shell Island
Shell Island
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Ride the shuttle from Panama City Beach to Shell Island, where you can stroll along miles of white and soft sand as you spot dolphins frolicking and pelicans fishing from afar. Alternatively, make the most of your trip to the island by renting a pontoon boat to tour the area at your own pace. Swim in teal-blue waters, and don’t miss the peaceful Saint Andrew Bay on the other side of the island. Pack food, water, sunscreen, and other necessary supplies, as there are no amenities available. Also, pack a beach umbrella, as there is nothing to shade you from the Florida sun. – Tripadvisor
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  • Lila D
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience. Would recommend and will definitely be going again!
    Amazing experience! We found a ton of shells. To find shells it’s better if you take goggles and get in waist deep to search for shells. I would recommend taking snacks, drinks or pack a small lunch if you plan to stay for a few hrs. Overall customer service was great and the experience was great! Would definitely go again! They had a couple floating stores that were so cute and convenient.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 30, 2023
  • sh84z28
    Nashville, Tennessee155 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Island
    We booked with Shell Island Shuttle because their boats ran every 30 minutes or so, & we could choose how long we wanted to stay out there. Reading reviews ahead of booking, we were prepared with a cooler of snacks & drinks, as well as swim shirts & hats for shade. The captains on the way to the island were friendly & knowledgeable. The explained the shuttle service & locations around the island very well! The captains on the way back were professional & caring (as someone in another group fell & believed she broke her ankle, so people were helping carry her across the island & onto the boat; they got us back to the dock quickly & had a wheelbarrow to transport her across the dock.). The island was beautiful! We had a wonderful time playing & swimming in the water, without it being as crowded as the beach near our hotel. We were glad we took our snorkel masks & could enjoy seeing the fish! I could have spent all day there, & we all agree (even the teenagers) that we’d like to go back.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 18, 2023
  • Robert F
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfect trip!!
    Had a great time with family. First time going to ShellIsland and it did not disappoint. The entire staff from the front desk to the shuttle captain were very pleasant and knowledgeable. My family saw dolphins on the shuttle to the island and sea turtles on the way back. The gulf side of the island had tons of shells and pristine beaches. The lagoon side where the shuttle drops you is a great place to snorkel, especially with kids. Can’t wait for our next trip back.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 25, 2023
  • Vincent F
    Marion, Illinois6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a beautiful, relaxing place to visit
    We paid for a catamaran tour to shell island. It's beautiful with great, white sand beaches. Given its name, I was surprised to see there weren't any good shells to collect though, hah.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 30, 2023
  • game t
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not their Snorkel
    Shuttle was fantastic! The crew was very nice, such an easy way to get out and back from Shell Island. We ended up having to wait a little longer due to engine problems on one of the boats, but it was fine. The only issue we had was returning our gear. We rented snorkel gear and when returning it, the lady told us it was not theirs, and we switched it out. It was exactly the gear they gave us, if we had our own we wouldn’t have rented🤷‍♀️
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 3, 2023
  • Caitlin E
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Experience
    We had a great time at Shell Island from beginning to end! The crew was fantastic and very informative. We had a great time enjoying the beautiful beaches, seashell hunting and soaking up the gorgeous ocean. Shell Island was amazing and will definitely going again next year.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 7, 2023
  • gentlejim1
    9 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun
    The island itself is beautiful. Not many shells on it though. I recommend renting a boat and visiting it that way. Me and my family had a blast anchoring the boat and swimming and fishing just off the island. By renting a boat you will get to the island faster than the shuttles that can be taken there. It’s a wonderful thing to do for a family.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 14, 2023
  • Candice V
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Do t hesitate
    Honestly don’t hesitate to go! If you have small kids this place is perfect! No big waves one one side of the island and then fun waves and shells on the other kids can stand and swim more freely. The boat ride over was wonderful the crew and boat got the job done with smiles on their faces! My son is autistic my daughter is 4 and I felt completely safe both in the boat and in the island! I would have went again if my vacation had been longer!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 23, 2023
  • Terri M
    4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Shout out to Keith and Carla
    We love Shell Island and Keith made the trip over and back a lot of fun. He was also very helpful for us who needed help on and off the boat. Carla proved to be an excellent pilot. The only drawback was the walk from the boat to the gulf side of the island.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 7, 2023
  • melissa u
    Monticello, Kentucky9 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice beach
    We went on a Friday in September, it wasn’t crowded at all. If you go take bug spray, the flys eat us up and take digging stuff and sifter because you have to go out about waist deep to find shells. We would have stayed longer because of the flys we left early
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written September 9, 2023
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Katy F
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Very fun. The captain and the guy who did the talking made it really fun with his upbeat spirit. We even sighted a few dolphins and they stopped the shuttle for a bit so we could watch them. Definitely would do it again
Written May 17, 2024
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Heather H
Nashville, Tennessee, United States240 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Definitely worth the trip - booked online and used a promo code. Keith was great providing instructions. Go on the gulf side and hardly anyone is there! There was a food boat in the water on the kiddie pool side. Bring a chair and umbrella if you can! This is also better than the one from the state park, as it lands at the jetty.
Written May 8, 2024
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Lauren M
New York City, NY3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
The shuttle was a great ride to get to shell isalnd. The staff was very friendly and informative. Would definitely take the shuttle again the next time we visit. Thank you
Written April 26, 2024
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Erik P
Campbellsport, WI2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
The shuttle ride was entertaining with great information about the area from the captains while we traversed to the island.

The island itself was amazing. A nice way to spend a few hours or more.

We were able to get plenty of larger, nice shells from the gulf side and walked the sandbar quite a few yards out and the water was still only waste deep. We were also lucky enough to see some of the local dolphins swimming and feeding just off the island.

Can’t say enough about this. It’s a nice, quiet and beautiful way to spend your day and collect a few shells along the way.
Written April 23, 2024
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Selina A
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Such a beautiful place to take the family. Capt. Drew ans hie Co capt. Were absolutely amazing! They were fun and easy going. Highly recommend
Written April 10, 2024
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ibblonde68
Oklahoma City, OK6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Keith and Captain Drew shared a lot of great tips with us. They told us the best places to find bigger shells, view dolphins, and snorkel. The boat was clean and well maintained. They were right on time for dropoff and pickup. We were able to load a beach cart and lots of other gear on the boat without feeling crowded. The Shuttle is the way to go if you don't want your time restricted on the Island. Definitely worth the money.
Written March 23, 2024
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karen d
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
It’s was an amazing experience for our family I would definitely recommend them captain Drew and Keith where so friendly and nice they really made the ride out to shell island and back a really good time. We got to see a shark and some dolphins and collected a lot of shells definitely make sure to bring lots of sun block and a cooler with drinks and snacks we will definitely be coming back to do this again you guys do an amazing job thank you
Written March 13, 2024
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Mark C
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Fun experience. Informative ride out to the island. Very on time with departures and pick ups. Would definitely do again.
Written March 1, 2024
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Laura M
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Great experience! We had to postpone a couple of days due to weather. So glad we were able to finally go. Friendly, informative staff. The island was beautiful and shelling good. Will return.
Written February 29, 2024
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HolmesFamily1986
Kennesaw, GA2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
We took the shuttle out to Shell Island and got the bonus of seeing some dolphins out swimming on both trips. The Tour guide was very knowledgeable and knows the area well. He can even give recommendations for good restaurants. They give great instructions for the trip/safety and the return pick up times. The island did have lots of shells , beautiful clear water and white sand. Trip was well worth it and we would return when warmer. It was a bit windy and cool in February.
Written February 28, 2024
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