Shell Island – Panama City Beach, FL

Shell Island - Panama City Beach, FL

When we lived in the South, we made a yearly trip to PCB as a short getaway. After multiple visits, we’d done most of the touristy stuff and I was on the hunt for something new.

Enter Shell Island. Shell Island is about 7 miles long. It’s been the home of Native Americans, Spanish settlers, and even pirates! It’s a completely undisturbed stretch of beautiful land, save an island house that was built a lifetime ago.

On our way out we saw loads of dolphins and we listened to our captain tell us about the history of the island. The state doesn’t allow anymore structures to be built on the island and refuses to service or de-sand the one currently there. Scandal! It’s a beautiful sanctuary for all kinds of wildlife and I’m so glad that it’s relatively reserved for them.

Definitely make the short boat ride over(or rent your own pontoon), but beware that “no buildings” really means NO buildings… I’m talking bathrooms, people. No bathrooms, no food, no shade. So come prepared and pull up to relaxation station. Dig your toes into the fine, white sand and splash around with the kiddos in the emerald waves. You might even see an endangered green sea turtle!


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