Paddle and camp on Shell Key in Pinellas County

Photo courtesy of Brandon Rich

Shell Island just a short paddle away from the beautiful Fort DeSoto Park in Pinellas County. A great place to get away for a day or a weekend. Dogs and alcohol are no longer allowed on the beach due to misuse. 

The crescent-shaped beach at the inlet on the south side of the island is a popular hangout for daytrippers and fishermen with charters. A permit from the county is required for overnight camping.

More avid partiers can be found on the inlet on north side of the island, as well as several waterfront restaurants. 

View Paddle – Fort DeSoto Boat Ramp to Shell Key in a larger map

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