Most people love to find and collect seashells. The tropics contain the best beaches to do your beach combing, and bad weather can add interesting shells to the shoreline. Storms will churn up the sea and can roll larger shells into shore. That is why shelling after a storm may bring you luck. Would you know which shells are the best to find? I have a seashell ID page with pictures of the various types of shells, and some of the better, rarer ones to look out for.
While I lived in Florida, the east coast beaches were closest for us to visit. We made it over to the Gulf side a few times, and the piles of shells I saw there were extraordinary. To include some serious beach combing, on your next Florida vacation, head to the west coast and visit the Sanibel and Captiva Islands. It’s a very touristy place, as are most nice places in Florida, but it is gorgeous and worth the trip. It’s almost impossible to NOT find an outstanding shell or 20, to take home.
People who live by the beach know a lot more about finding shells, especially in their area. One blog I read occasionally is written by Pam, who lives on Sanibel Island. She has a page of info on where and when to find the best shelling spots there. Sanibel is a busy place that’s known for it’s seashells, so you won’t be alone while you comb the beaches.
Always remember to stay safe in the hot, Florida sun!