With all the talk of scalloping and snorkeling, I thought to research another spot on Florida’s Gulf Coast Panhandle that offers a nature based experience for all ages. I have often heard of Shell Island, but never ventured there, yet. In Panama City, Florida, it is a natural, undeveloped island which lies between the Gulf of Mexico and St. Andrews Bay in Bay County, Panama City Beach, FL. Approximately seven miles long and anywhere from two hundred yards to three-quarters of a mile across, Shell Island got its name, obviously, because of the abundance of shells found there, including sand dollars, moon snails, conch shells, and olive shells. Apparently there is no limit to how many you can take for souvenirs. The waves along the seven mile Gulf beach of Shell Island continually uncover and carry in new shells. You can also use a snorkel and mask when searching the sand bars along the bay side of Shell Island.
Like many beach goers, I love walking along the shore looking for seashells. It warrants some attention.
If you love nature, the island’s pristine beauty and abundant wildlife make it an enjoyable and exciting way to spend the day. The waters around Shell Island are also home to one of the world’s highest concentrations of bottle-nosed dolphins so getting there must be fun, too.