Sanibel Island is located on the west coast of Florida. The way the ocean current passes the area of Sanibel and Captiva causes it to deposit many seashell along the shores and makes it one of the top places in the world to collect seashells. In fact it is number three on the list, with the Sulu Islands in the Philippines and Jeffries Bay, South Africa taking the first and second spots respectively.
Because many folks visit the Sanibel area for the express purpose of shelling, the act of walking along the beach, bent over looking for shells has been given the name the “Sanibel stoop”. When visiting, be sure to take along some beach shoes, as some of the shores are literally covered in shells and pieces of shells.
One of my favorite blogs to visit is written by “Pam” who lives on Sanibel and has many photos and videos of her time walking the beautiful beaches collecting shells. One of the places she talks about is the “lighthouse” which might be the one pictured here. She also includes photos of the tourists she meets along the way and their treasures. Visit her blog, “i love shelling“, and take a trip to paradise.
Whether you are very familiar with Sanibel Island or have never heard of it, you might be interested in these links:
Sanibel is also home to the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge, which is home to a huge migratory bird population.