Head over to St. Andrews State Park and hop aboard the Shell Island Shuttle to get to your next exciting adventure at the seven-mile stretch of island oasis known as Shell Island. This pristine wildlife sanctuary is a tropical paradise far removed from the hustle and crowds of the city and is located just between St. Andrews Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. The Shell Island Shuttle is the absolute easiest, safest, and fastest way to the island, with a convenient drop off spot inside the Jetty Rocks on Shell Island, leaving you with a very short walk over to the stunning sandy beach and unbelievably clear Gulf waters. The colors of this beach are what typically seem to impress the most, so be sure to bring your camera to capture the breathtaking white sand and blue waters, the views provided taking the concept of a day at the beach to a whole new level.
This natural, underdeveloped 700-acre barrier island is home to one of the world’s highest concentrations of bottlenose dolphins, as well as abundant various other wildlife, the island itself mostly untouched and timeless. The unmatched beauty of this beach is enjoyable and memorable, as are the opportunities to explore and recreate within the beach wilderness, possibly without even seeing another group cross your path in the meantime. Your group can choose to relax on the beach, take a snorkeling adventure, impart on a nature walk, rent a kayak, or, of course, collect shells! Visitors will never walk away upset with the number of shells they saw or collected during their visit to this exquisite island, so be sure to bring ample storage for your own collection!