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Address: Panama City Beach, FL
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Good shelling if you get there early

Nice beach with lots of shells, but get there by mid morning if you are looking for sand dollars. Disappointed there weren't more unusual shells.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Lititz, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Have taken my family there many times and always a GREAT outing for family fun and wonderful views of the Gulf of Mexico

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Columbus, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Rented a pontoon and went over to Shell Island for a visit. Will go back to Shell Island when the weather gets a little warmer and I can provide an honest review. Bad timing... Red Tide was in full swing so beach time was limited and the reason this review wasn't 4☆ or 5☆s. We approached from the bay side... More 

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Lititz, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice beach with lots of shells, but get there by mid morning if you are looking for sand dollars. Disappointed there weren't more unusual shells.

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Birmingham, Alabama, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Shell Island Shuttle is affordable and takes you to the most BEAUTIFUL beaches in PCB! It will drop you off and pick up every 30 minutes thereafter, but take it from me and choose to pack a lunch, drinks and stay for several hours. We did this in 2009 and after that decided to rent a pontoon boat at... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Shell Island is a perfect spot to get away from the tourists if you want to sit back and relax but it's only worth it if you stay for the day. The drop off point is quite a walk to the actual gulf side. In fact, it's a hard walk, meaning no sidewalks or reclaimed wood walkways. Makes it hard... More 

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4 Thank DawnDS8
Kennett, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited Shell Island twice in 2015, once in April and once in October. We found a lot of good shells in April and also saw several dolphin. There was a red tide when we went in October and I would not ever go back if there was a red tide. Only got a few shells that time, but the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's a short ride by pontoon boat over to Island and they have pick-up about every 45 minutes for return back to St Andrews State Park. There is a walk once you arrive at drop off point at Shell Island, how long you walk is dependent upon how far you want to set up on the Gulf. Been multiple times... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is not a place I would recommended for young children or easily bored teenagers . beautiful picture perfect natural conservation it is about 5-8 miles big the island it is part of St Andrews Bay and State park . There are many shuttle type boats that charge a fee to take you to the island , however it is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

This island is beautiful and you can find many shells and live sand dollars. has a place with jetties for small children to wade with out the waves. Just take the boat over and stay a while or all day. You can walk for miles around the island just don't miss the final boat back because there is nothing commercial... More 

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Tallahassee, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Rent a boat from the State Park and head over to Shell Island. Its a really great place to get away from the regular beach. Also, you can find plenty of sand dollars just off the shore.

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