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National Seashell Day 2018

It’s fast approaching – National Seashell Day. This shellabration started in 2016 and it always falls on the first day of summer, which this year, is June 21, 2018.

As an avid sheller, this holiday makes me very happy. I don’t need a holiday to go seashell hunting, but since there IS a holiday, well, that’s a great reason to visit ‘Tween Waters and get out on their world-class shelling beach! You can even book shelling charters onsite at the marina.

Need a few tips to make the most of your shellebration? I’m your girl. I passed my exams with flying colors and am officially a Shelling Ambassador for the Bailey-Mathews National Seashell Museum. If you haven’t been, make it one of the first places you visit while on island. You’ll learn so much – and it’s just a few minutes from ‘Tween Waters.

  • Best time to shell: One hour before low tide till an hour after. Look online for the tide times for the days that you’ll be visiting or visit the onsite marina.
  • Where to look for shells: Walk the high tide line. If you can, walk in the water, too. Many shells don’t make it up to shore and are resting just a few feet away.
  • The moon matters: A full moon and a new moon make for a greater tidal event, which brings more shells.
  • The rules: In Lee County, it’s illegal to take ‘live’ shells, so if there’s a critter in a shell that you’ve found, gently put it back. (I always have my phone with me in a waterproof case so I can take a photo of the live shells I’ve found.)

I hope to see you on the beach for National Seashell Day! What a great way to kick off summer!

Beautiful shells found on my morning walk on Captiva Island.

 

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Spoil Mom Every Day at ‘Tween Waters Inn

Hey moms! This blog’s for you. We all know you deserve to be celebrated more than one day a year, so I’d like to tell you all the ways you can be spoiled, every day, at ‘Tween Waters Inn.

For moms looking for true pampering, The Spa at ‘Tween Waters is the place to be. They’re open seven days a week and their menu of services has something for every body. Manicures, pedicures, amazing hair styling, body treatments, facials, massages…you deserve it all. One of my favorite services to recommend is an aromatherapy massage. Choose your essential oil and let the relaxation begin.

For moms looking to score incredible seashells, treat yourself to a private charter with one of the captains at the onsite marina. They can take you to one of the remote barrier islands where you can snorkel or beach-walk for shells, or just out for fun on the water. You can even do lunch at a unique off-island restaurant – it’s really a fun experience.

Take a break from cooking and let the chefs at ‘Tween Waters Inn fulfill your food fantasies. On Mother’s Day, you can enjoy a Surf & Turf Special, complete with a glass of bubbly for $39 (per mom) at Captiva House. Of course, any evening is special at this romantic restaurant, known for its sunset views. The live piano music is an added bonus.

Attention mommy shoppers, did you know you don’t have to leave the property to find that perfect outfit, adorable sandals, the hottest swimsuit, or even the coolest island jewelry? It’s all here – and more. Stroll over to Pelican’s Roost or the T.H. Osprey Gift Shop. While they have something for everyone, try to focus on yourself, for once!

I wish you all a Happy Mother’s Day.

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Identifying The Prize Shells In Your Bucket

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When a shell is unbroken and naturally colorful, it’s considered a prize shell in my book.
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The private beach at ‘Tween Waters Inn offers guests a beautiful stretch of shelling coastline on one of the most famous beaches in the world. You will find all kinds of shell species recognized as native to the Southwest Florida, Gulf of Mexico area. Best of all, shelling on Captiva, Sanibel, and other barrier islands in the area is as simple as walking along on a nearby beach or as adventurous as boating to an uninhabited island.
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When the day is done, the bucket of shells you collect will include more or less of many common shells. While some are more prized than others, all of them may become your favorites. The Junonia shell with it’s bold, brown spotted pattern on a white shell with a distinctive spiral shape, once housed a live mollusk or sea snail creature inside. It has a reputation for being the Prize shell to find on local beaches. The Junonia is ‘the’ shell you just have to hold or pose with to capture a keepsake photo for all time.
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My shell favorites like the Banded Tulip or the Lightening Welk found around the islands, are the ones I can count on finding most often. There’s also the Cat’s Paw, Turkey Wing, Auger, Cockle, Conch and Scallop. The Shark’s Eye Moon shell, Apple Murex and Olive. These are all the shells we can generally find without a doubt. My husband, Eric is enthusiastic about helping me find the beauties that come in all sizes and colors. The feature photo for this post includes many of the shells I named.
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For lots more information visit the popular, world-famous website ILoveShelling.com that was created by island resident, Pam Rambo. Here you can find photos and descriptions for the shells named above and so many more you are likely to find. Check with the Front Desk and the staff can guide you to exciting shelling boat trips, the Shell Museum and of course lots of stores. And remember, most importantly be sure to enjoy!
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Photo of a live Fighting Conk shell temporarily on the beach and destined to go back into the water. 
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