The pristine beaches of undeveloped Shell Island are a star attraction in Panama City Beach, Florida. Visit St. Andrews State Park and take the Shell Island Shuttle over to spend a day enjoying the sugar-white sand and emerald green waters of Shell Island.
On the south-eastern end of Panama City Beach Florida, the natural reserve of St. Andrews State Park includes the 7-mile long barrier island known as Shell Island. This undeveloped stretch of white sand beach, coastal scrub land, and pine hammocks separates St. Andrew Bay from the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Shell Island is a haven for wildlife, marine animals, and beach lovers looking for a day in a pristine natural setting away from the resorts and condominiums that line the beach to north.
Shell Island is a local must-see location for Panama City Beach visitors looking for the unspoiled white-sand beach experience. The island offers plenty of beach space and peaceful inshore waters where swimming and snorkeling are great. Colorful tropical fish, dolphins, and sea turtles are common in the waters around the island. On land, hiking the interior of Shell Island is an opportunity to explore rare coastal plant, bird, and wildlife communities.
Shell Island can only be accessed by boat, and the Shell Island Shuttle is the easiest, safest, and quickest way for visitors to reach Shell Island. As the official Island Shuttle service of St. Andrews State Park, the Shell Island Shuttle has been ferrying guests between the St. Andrews State Park Marina and Shell Island for many years.
The fun, scenic ride over to Shell Island takes only a few minutes and passengers are dropped off in the peaceful cove behind Shell Island Jetty, a great play spot for children and just a short walk from the Gulf of Mexico beachfront.
Shuttle schedules vary with season – during the busy summer time, the Shell Island Shuttle departs from St. Andrews State Park every 30 minutes from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week, weather and water conditions permitting. In Spring and Fall, the Shuttle departs every hour 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week, weather and water conditions permitting. Spring and fall hours may vary according to weather conditions and passenger demand, so it is best to call ahead for the Shuttle schedule during these times of the year.
Let the Shell Island Shuttle carry you away to a great day on one of the most beautiful beaches in the United States. Buy your Shuttle tickets right here online, or visit us at St. Andrews State Park. The Shuttle is also your source for water-sports packages including snorkeling equipment and kayak rentals. For more information, give us a call at (850) 233-0504 or drop by our office at 4607 State Park Lane, Panama City Beach, FL 32408.
Where are you located?
We are located at 4607 State Park Lane in St. Andrews State Park, Panama City Beach, Florida.
Do ticket prices include a round trip?
Your ticket price includes a round trip ticket to and from Shell Island.
Do you offer group rates?
The Shell Island Shuttle offers a discount of 20% off the price of each ticket for groups of 20 or more people when you pay as a group.
How long can I stay on Shell Island?
There is no time limit on your stay, but you must catch the last Shuttle off the Island at the end of the day. Please be sure to check the daily schedule when purchasing your Shuttle ticket.
Are there restrooms on Shell Island?
Shell Island is a nature preserve with no restrooms or any other visitor facilities such as trash receptacles, picnic tables, or shade pavilions. There is no trash removal service. Island visitors are asked to be responsible and take everything they bring to the Island with them when they leave.
Are drinks and snacks available on the Island?
Not available at this time. Along with offering transportation services, the Shell Island Shuttle operates a concession boat on the island during the summer season from Memorial Day through Labor Day. This is the only concession facility on the island.
Can I bring my own cooler?
Yes, you may bring your own coolers, beach chairs, umbrellas, and other beach gear. Be sure to take any beverage containers and food packages with you when leaving the Island.
Can I rent a beach chair?
Not available at this time. You are welcome to bring your own. We offer beach chairs and umbrellas for rent. You can also buy sun block and other accessories along with drinks and snacks at the store where you purchase Shuttle tickets.
Are pets allowed on the Shuttle?
We love dogs, but are sorry to say we cannot allow them on the Shell Island Shuttle.
May I keep shells that I find?
You may keep any shells that do not have living creatures inside. Try snorkeling or wading knee-deep away from the main boat landing and beach use areas to find empty, unbroken shells.
Can I swim with dolphins?
There is always the possibility of a dolphin sighting during the Shuttle ride, and you may even see some dolphins while snorkeling around Shell Island. However, these are wild dolphins in their natural habitat and we do not offer planned dolphin encounters. For a good chance to see dolphins, check out our Panama City Beach Dolphin Tours.