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What is Shell Island?

Shell Island is a 7-mile undeveloped "barrier island" this is located on the far East end of Panama City Beach. In fact, Shell Island is not really an island, but a peninsula that is separated by a shipping channel out to the Gulf of Mexico. Both ends of the preserve are owned by different organizations. The Western portion is part of St. Andrews State Park where the East owned by Tyndall Air Force base. The island was used by Native Americans for settlements hundreds of years ago and was also rumored to be inhabited by pirates in the 17th and 18th century! The island is known for it's natural beauty and wildlife. Although the abundance of shells have been picked through over the years, the shells do exist and can be a nice memento of your stay in Panama City Beach.

Why Is Shell Island So Popular?

Shell Island has gained in popularity over the years because it's one of the few undeveloped beaches in the area. The unique environment is ideal for all sorts of activities such as dolphin tours, bird watching, shelling, snorkeling and exploring. The calm shallow areas of the island make it great for snorkeling and wading for crabs and shells. Local tour companies have been able to optimize the experience at Shell Island with tours fitted for the environment such as dolphins swim, sailing, snorkeling and more.

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Where Is Shell Island?

Shell Island sits on the far East end of Panama City Beach. It can only be accessed by boat only.

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