Shell Beach is located north of Bodega Head and south of Goat Rock at Latitude 38.417° and Longitude -123.104°. The parking lot has an elevation of 112 feet. There are trails running both south and north from the parking lot which follow the coastline, as well as a trail with steps leading east towards the beach. The Kortum Trail Runs north from Shell Beach to Blind Beach with a total distance of 2.25 miles or 4.5 miles round trip. Shell beach is famous for its geology and tide pools.
The site includes a restroom, two recycling bins and a trash bin.
The closest emergency service is Palm Drive Emergency Hospital located at 501 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol CA 95472. Head south on highway 1. Turn left onto Bodega Hwy. Continue for 10.4 miles before turning right onto Jewell Ave. In 400 feet, turn left onto Willow St, after which you will turn right onto Gravenstein Hwy S. In 0.4 miles you will take a sharp left onto Petaluma Ave, Palm Drive Emergency Hospital will be on your right.
The closest ranger station is the Salmon Creek Ranger Station located on highway 1 between South Salmon Beach and North Salmon Beach.