New Video: Exploring Shell Island

 

Adventures of Mom Exploring Shell Island

New video! We’ve been out and about, exploring a bit of wild Florida (some wilder than others!) during this nice summer weather we’ve been having. OK, sweltering heat broken by intermittent mini-hurricane like afternoon storms. As per usual.

Recently we had the opportunity to take a family trip to Shell Island. Located at the mouth of Crystal River and only accessible by boat, this has been our (me & the kids) first time on the island, and I was hesitant to post this video as it’s a really neat, uninhabited place, but then my husband laughingly told me that everyone knows about Shell Island! So here goes our video:

 

 

Shell Island located near Crystal River, Florida

There are many Shell Islands around the country, the state even. One I wrote about a while ago on our Gulf Coast Panhandle adventures in Panama City. You can reach that Shell Island by ferry from the state park. Read about that here (and go very early to avoid the summer crowds!). This one in Crystal River you can only reach by boat. Rent one at King’s Bay, use your own, or get a lift with a friend (just make sure you get a lift back too!), and watch the weather!

There are no amenities on the island, and being in the Gulf of Mexico, the water is salty, even in the lagoon- bring your own drinking water and food and carry out your trash! The beaches are completely made up of shells- sharp oyster shells, so keep those shoes on or you’ll cut up your feet.

This Gulf island at the mouth of Crystal River is made up of oyster shells, thus the name: Shell Island.
This Gulf island at the mouth of Crystal River is made up of oyster shells, thus the name: Shell Island.

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