We took a 10 minute or less boat ride from St Andrews State Park to Shell Island. There has been a lot of rain this year and the color of the water in the bay is brown and nasty looking....did not want to swim in it. We seen a dolphin on the way over to the island. There is no bathrooms or food on Shell Island so be prepared. The boat lets you off at a landing area and you have to walk in the deep sand around the jetties to get to the ocean side. It looked like there had once been a boardwalk but it was no set up for us to use. There was a cute crab on the beach we enjoyed watching. The water was really rough and we seen several sting rays in the water close to the beach so we did not feel safe getting in the ocean. There is a lot of shells but they are broken. We walked about 1 1/2 miles down the shoreline and still did not find any whole shells. It cost us about $17 each for the boat ride. I was disappointed that we had better swimming and shells right in front of our condo then we did out here. I just didn't think it was worth it. If I had to do over, I would spend my time in the St Andres State Park and skip the Shell Island.
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