If you enjoy browsing the beach for unique, colorful shells, you’ve come to the right place! Southwest Florida is the Mecca of “shelling”, as the beaches are lined with an abundance of beautiful shells!
Although you may find some great little treasures on Fort Myers Beach, for the best shelling, we recommend taking a day trip to the islands of Sanibel and Captiva.
Sanibel Island and Captiva Island have been referred to as the “Shell Islands” because they are actually made out of shells. This phenomenon was created over thousands of years because of the unique geography of the islands. Sanibel Island does a sort-of “twist” along the coastline, among a string of lined islands. The east-west torque of the south end of the island acts almost like a “shovel” for the shells that come in from the Gulf, Caribbean, and other southern seas.
As you comb the islands for these amazing little treasures of the sea, expect to find some amazing treasures, often perfectly intact!
We love the beautiful shells on our beaches so much, we’ve even named some of our vacation rentals after them. Here are a few:
“Coquina” “Crown Conch” “Sand Dollar”
“Jewel Box” “Buttercup”