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Review of Shell Key Shuttle

Shell Key Shuttle
Ranked #5 of 31 Tours in St. Pete Beach
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Owner description: Eco-friendly trip to unspoiled Shell Key for bird watching, shelling, dolphin watching. Sunset Dolphin Watching cruises by reservation.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed January 11, 2014

We were staying on Treasure Island beach and while the shell hunting was good we were unable to find any sand dollars or any exotic shells to speak of. A kind lady on the beach told of us the Shell Island shuttle service and we went the very next day. We arrived for the first shuttle of the day at 1030am and rode out to the uninhabited island that consists of a bird sanctuary and miles of undeveloped sandy beach. In the first five minutes of walking the beach we each found several perfect sand dollars and numerous other cool shells. Our son was thrilled as were we. We took the 230pm shuttle home but could have stayed until 430pm. This was a great value at under 60 dollars for a family of three for four hours of great fun. They provide bags for the shells, snorkeling gear and sunbrellas for those who want them. Very nice and informative captain and owner. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!!

4  Thank Dave M
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Reviewed January 7, 2014

I've taken the shuttle to Shell Island twice. You can take the shuttle over on the morning and stay most of the day or back after an hour (but you won't want to). The view of the Gulf is one of the best I've seen. My first visit I collected my basket full of sand dollars. They even provide snorkling gear if you want. Take a picnic lunch/chair and spend the day.

2  Thank fhoagland
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Reviewed January 7, 2014 via mobile

On the first day we went we took there second shuttle trip over. This left at noon ( first one leaves at 10) . A storm had blown in the night before leaving the island full of shells. When we pulled up to the beach we noticed the people returning had a ton of shells yet there was still a ton for us to pick. The first day we went no sun but high 60's. The next day we opted to go back to lay out and snorkel. We went out this time on the 10 am shuttle. It was a gorgeous day, sun out and 75 degrees plus. There were only 6 people total going to the island. When we arrived no one on island. There still was a lot of shells. When you are shelling take in mind the tide schedule. When we arrived it was low tide, by the time we departed at 2 pm the tide rose at least 10 yards. Beach is white sand with shells don't expect to see structure or tropical fish snorkeling. Crew was accommodating. Beach was not as crowded as the Pass a Grille beach when we returned. Would do again. Also saw dolphins swimming along shore.
Hints...if you stay all day bring water and sunscreen there are no houses or vendors on island so you must bring in what you need for a day trip. No garbage cans so take out what is brought in.

3  Thank denisetrucks
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Reviewed December 31, 2013

Shell Key is that rare thing, a completely undeveloped FL key. It consists of a long beach skirting the islet, north to south-west; a lagoon in the interior; and a bird preserve in between, which is off limits to humans. The shelling is excellent, the swimming is lovely, and I saw some birds new to my list. It was the epitome of a hot, peaceful Florida beach day.

I appreciated that the trip included the use of a large beach umbrella, as there is no shade on the key otherwise. The inclusion of snorkeling gear was another plus, although with no reefs nearby there's not a lot of aquatic life to see.

The shuttle's owners deserve recognition for their knowledge, friendliness, and especially for their conservationist approach to their work. When a group of dolphins were nearby, they cut the engine and were almost as excited as we tourists to see the animals surfacing all around us. They commented on how the noise of a nearby bridge construction site had driven away the dolphin, who use echolocation and need quieter marine environments to feed and to communicate. They were pleased to see the dolphins returning.

Be aware: you MUST bring water, sunscreen, food if you'll be staying awhile, and more water. Tip: freeze a near-full bottle of water the night before; it will help keep your food chilled, and once it melts, you'll have more to drink when you need it. There are no amenities on Shell Key!

Again, a lovely outing to an islet of perfect tranquility, and very much worth it to go.

7  Thank Bluegreenseas
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Reviewed December 29, 2013

Fun and entertaining for an afternoon in the sun. Take water with you while on the island. Found lots of shells as promised.

1  Thank Cheri H
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