Shell Key Preserve is an 1,800-acre wildlife preserve located just south of Pass-a-Grille Beach. Shell Key (also known as Shell Island) is an uninhabited barrier island and one of the most important areas for shorebird nesting in Florida. It is also home to dolphins, manatees and nesting sea turtles.
As the name suggests, Shell Island is one of the best shelling locations in the area. Numerous types of seashells can be found.
Paddle boards and single kayak rental rates are $20 for 1 hr, $30 for 2 hrs, and $45 for 4 hrs. 2-person tandem kayaks are $30 for 1 hr, $45 for 2 hrs and $65 for 4 hrs. The price includes tax and we provide life jackets and dry bags for your mobile phones. For this location we suggest renting for 4 hours, giving you time to paddle around the grass flats and mangroves, and time to explore the island or relax on one of Tampa Bay’s most pristine beaches.
The stability of our sit-on-top kayaks is ideal for inexperienced paddlers, making this trip great for the whole family.
We deliver kayaks and paddle boards to the public kayak launch at 2822 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Verde, FL 33715. Call ahead to confirm availability.
Bring plenty of water and sunscreen! Hats, long sleeve shirts, towels and water shoes are also recommended.