Florida on the beach

Enjoy the Best Shelling in Florida

Tween Waters Inn | Shelling Video
  • Atlantic giant cockle
  • Sunray venus
  • Lettered olive
  • Florida fighting conch
  • Lightning whelk
  • True tulip
  • Shark eye
  • Lion's paw
  • Common jingle shell
  • Junonia
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As you stroll along the pristine beaches of the islands of Captiva and Sanibel, seashells are plentiful. Here you will find some of the best seashells in Florida, including, cockles, scallops and even rare shells like crown conchs. From the shores to the sandbars, many starfish and sand dollars also inhabit these beaches. Such an eclectic variety of sea treasures end up here because of a combination of ocean currents, a wide continental shelf and the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Hundreds of shell species find their way to the shores of these attractive beaches, and shelling is a fun way to explore the various shapes and colors that the lustrous casings bear. As you comb the beach, you will discover unique shells to add to your collection, oddly shaped shells perfect for crafts and petite shells that make great beads for necklaces. And even if you are simply shelling for pleasure, you will find that the beaches of Captiva and Sanibel Islands are home to so many seashells that you will be kept busy for hours.
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