Exploring Panama City Beach: Shell Island, Fl

View of shell on the beach on Shell Island FL

Panama City Beach is renowned for its white sandy shores, beautiful emerald waters, and constant sunshine. But did you know that there is more fun to be discovered just a few miles off the coast on Shell Island, FL? This undeveloped barrier island offers an idyllic setting for beach days, water adventures, and wildlife watching. Stay with Gibson Beach Rentals and discover the unspoiled splendor of Shell Island during your next Florida getaway!

How to Get to Shell Island, FL

Shell Island is an undeveloped 7-mile-long barrier island located across St. Andrews State Park. This pristine island allows you to experience the wild side of Florida with undeveloped beaches, abundant wildlife, and no artificial structures in sight. Access the island with these shuttles or boat rentals: 

Shell Island Shuttle

The Shell Island Shuttle is the easiest and fastest way to get to Shell Island, departing from Adventure at Sea on 5709 N Lagoon Dr. The ride only takes a few minutes and drops you off at the Shell Island Jetty. Check their current operating hours and book your tickets today!

Boat Rentals

Get to Shell Island, FL, on your own time with a Panama City Beach boat rental. Gather your family and cruise the bay, go fishing, look for dolphins, and enjoy snorkeling on your way to the island!

Things to Do on Shell Island

Enjoy the Secluded Beaches

Find a secluded spot on Shell Island for the perfect beach day! Make sure to bring everything you need for the day since the island has no amenities. We recommend packing sunscreen, a cooler for food and drinks, beach towels, beach chairs, and beach toys. Don’t forget to look for seashells on the beach to bring back a one-of-a-kind souvenir!

Explore Shell Island

Explore the untouched beauty of Shell Island through sand dunes and pine hammocks. During your exploration, keep an eye out for wildlife like deer, piping plovers, marsh rabbits, ghost crabs, bottlenose dolphins, and sea turtles. 

Set Out on Water Adventures

The water around Shell Island is the perfect place to splash around! Reserve snorkeling gear and kayak rentals with Shell Island Shuttle and spend an afternoon exploring the crystal-clear waters. You can also bring fishing equipment if you want to cast your line from shore. 

Book Your Panama City Beach Vacation Rental Today

Let Gibson Beach Rentals help you create the perfect Panama City Beach getaway! Browse our Panama City Beach vacation rentals and find the perfect property for your Florida getaway. Many of our properties are located within larger resort areas like Tidewater Beach Resort, with access to amenities like pool areas, hot tubs, spas, exercise facilities, game rooms, and on-site dining. 


Save on your getaway with our specials, and contact us with any questions about visiting Panama City Beach!


Published by Sarah Reinke
Tuesday, October 31, 2023