Saturday, May 12, 2007

Cruise to Shell Island

One of the better island adventure bargains in the world can be found in Panama City, FL where cruises are conducted daily to beautiful Shell Island. This barrier island is located on the opposite side of St. Andrews Bay and fronts on the Gulf of Mexico.

The Ashley Gorman

Shell Island is about 12 miles long and completely undeveloped. Most of the land is administered as a part of nearby St. Andrews State Park and the only way to get there is by boat. When you arrive you will encounter a pristine wilderness paradise located a mere stones throw from a bustling commerical harbor and nearby miltary bases. For $16 you get a three and half hour tour (lunch included) with a one hour stay on the island to collect shells and frolic in the crystal clear waters of its Gulf beach front. This being Florida the boat has a snack concession and a full service bar. What more could y'all want? After Memorial Day there are three trips a day so you can arrange to stay longer on the island if you so desire. So what are you waiting for? Get thee to Shell Island!

St. Andrews Bay from the front of the boat

Atlantic bottlenose dolphin

Coming ashore on Shell Island

Pristine beach

Crystal clear water of St. Andrews Bay

Leaving Shell Island

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