Shell Island’s Shaded Past
Visiting Shell IslandWhen you take a trip to Panama City Beach FL, you will not want to leave without visiting Shell Island. Shell Island is 7 miles of an undeveloped barrier island, and runs east to west amid the Gulf of Mexico and St. Andrew Bay. The best way to get there is to Allow Bay Point Water Sports to give you a guided Dolphin Tour, or you can rent our jet skis, and make your own way there! Shell Island does not have concession stands, picnic tables, bathrooms, or anything like that, so be sure to think and pack what you will need for the exciting trip ahead.
History of the Island
Technically, the little island right of the beach isn’t an island at all, it is a peninsula. If you don’t know what that is, it is a piece of land that is surrounded or projected into a body of water. Shell Island has seen a lot, and by that I mean history!It has seen Native American Settlement, been through the arrival of Spanish explorers, and even pirates! It has long been rumored that the pirates used to frequent the little spit of land. While researching this article, we couldn’t find any reliable information which only adds to the mystique of the island. It is a known fact that Ponce de Leon was the first Spanish explorer in Florida. He discovered the state in 1513, and who knows, he may have very well have cruised by Shell Island on one of his many journeys!