Want the best place to go shelling in Florida? It's on Sanibel Island! Located near Fort Myers, Sanibel Island is a mecca for those who love shelling and collecting seashells!
We have went to Sanibel Island every year for a trip for the past decade. We love it there! You can bike around the whole island, which is great (they have paved bike lanes). And the shelling is amazing. There are literally billions of seashells all over the beaches. You can sift through them to find some of the great ones. Below you will see the collection we are taking home this year, including fighting conchs, lightning whelks, pear whelks, jingle shells, horse conchs, banded tulips, olive shells, and much more. We take home a great collection like this each year. It's fabulous!
A quick note about seashells... if you find live ones on the beach (the animal is still alive in it) then put them back in the water. Let them live! Only take shells where the animal is gone. Also, don't buy seashells in stores, because (especially where you live), because the animals have typically been killed so they can sell the shells. Live and let live... only take shells that you find on the beach (or someone you personally know has found) and only when the animal has naturally died.
Visit Sanibel Island and you will go home with an amazing seashell collection. Take a little shovel or net so you can sift through the mounds of shells to find some treasures.
Below you will see pictures of the shells we are taking home this year, along with some pictures of the many, many shells that are all over the beaches on Sanibel Island.