Finding the best shells involves timing. You have to pay attention to the weather and the tides. Sometimes you have to drop everything and go shelling. You snooze, you lose. But even being a shelling loser isn’t that bad. There are always consolation prizes waiting for you at the beach.
Strong cold fronts often bring excellent shelling to Florida’s Gulf beaches. December brought an unusually strong cold front that really churned up the Gulf and brought lots of shells to the southwest Florida beaches. After reading about the incredible shelling on the I Love Shelling blog I decided I had to take a quick drive down to Blind Pass on Sanibel / Captiva Islands. I was a few days late, but still had a great time and found some nice shells.
A large sand bar has formed on the Captiva side of the recently opened Blind Pass. It was covered with shells. Even though it had been carefully picked through by much more experienced shellers than me, I was not disappointed with the shells I found.
While I did enjoy shelling at Blind Pass, I wanted to walk up to Redfish Pass, so I only spent an hour at Blind Pass. Unfortunately I missed some great beachcombing further south around Gulfside City Park, as documented at I Love Shelling.
Also, Venice Beach has some great shelling as well.
It was nice to be back on Sanibel and Captiva. It brought back some great memories of our Sanibel Island wedding in 2009, a great morning bike ride on the island, beautiful sunrises, and morning walks on Sanibel’s beaches.