Laying out on the beach and soaking up rays is fun for a while. But, collecting gorgeous seashells is a relaxing pastime—and there’s no shortage of places to do it in the Sunshine State. Here are some of the best areas to gather shells during your stay in Florida.
Both Sanibel and Captiva Islands have shells for days, so take your pick. They are some of the best spots in Florida for seashelling. When you’re done collecting, head to the world-famous Bubble Room restaurant on Captiva for a meal that’s as memorable as the eatery’s kitschy decor, or The Island Cow on Sanibel for family-friendly fare and a fun atmosphere.
Located on the panhandle in northwest Florida, Panama City Beach is a popular vacation destination. While there’s plenty to do there, including hiking, fishing, shopping, and sunning on the white sands, no trip is complete without a day trip to nearby Shell Island, a beautiful undeveloped barrier island. It lives up to its name with a wealth of collectible treasures.
This beach, located in the quaint, sleepy town of Venice, isn’t too far from Sanibel and Captiva and has just as many shells. Some of the most common varieties you’ll find here are Jingle, Kitten’s paw, Ark, Turkey wing, Coquina, and Slipper shell. You might even find a prehistoric shark’s tooth!
Not too far from West Palm Beach, Jupiter Island is not only one of the most beautiful places in South Florida, but in the entire state. In particular, nearby Coral Cove Park in Tequesta is home to a limestone boulder reef, and if you’re feeling adventurous, you can wade out to get the prime pick of shells.
Located on picturesque Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach offers an often-overwhelming amount of shells, including a large number of shark teeth. Given the sheer amount of seashells here, you’ll need patience, time, and an excellent eye to identify the hidden gems among the broken and oddly-shaped shells—but it will be worth it!