Sanibel Island, The Sea Shell Capital of the World....

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Southwest Florida is well known for being an excellent place to collect Sea Shells. From Boca Grande, Cayo Costa, Captiva, Sanibel, Fort Myers Beach, Bonita Beach and down to Naples are all known for being great places to collect Sea Shells with the most popular one being Sanibel Island.

The Variety of Sea Shells is simply amazing.

The best time to collect shells is during low tide and right after a strong storm. Druing a storm, the gulf of Mexico gets all stirred up and pushes the shells up onto the beach. These are predominantly dead or empty shells, but some live ones make it up onto the beach as well. The live shells should be placed back in the gulf because it is Illegal to collect them.

You can find small shells and occassionally very large ones. Most shells are broken, but because of the vast quantities, you will always find whole shells with beautiful colors. In the past 18 years, I've found thousands of shells and some so large it took two hands to pick up.

People come from all around the world to search for shells on Sanibel Islands Beaches. Because of Sanibels notariety, they built the only Sea Shell Museum in the world on this island. Also, Sanibel hold an annual "Sea Shell Collectors"show the first weekend in MArch every year.

Surprisingly, collecting Sea Shells can be quite addicting. On many occassions, I've told my self that "Today" I'm not going to pick up any shells while I walk the beach ...... only to end up back at the car with a pocket full of shells. 


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John Walters
Frank Rubi Real Estate - Slidell, LA
Licensed in Louisiana
Sean I have been to Sanibel two times.  You are right on about the shells.  How does the island look now since Charlie went right over it four years ago.
Apr 27, 2008 08:04 AM #1
Joe Virnig
RE/MAX Gold Coast REALTORS, Ventura County, California - Ventura, CA
No Ordinary Joe
When I was a kid, I collected seashells and read about place like this.  I will have to visit sometime.
Apr 27, 2008 08:06 AM #2
Sean Allen
International Financing Solutions - Fort Myers, FL
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Hey John,

The island is still very nice, but Charlie blew over all the tall Austalian Pine. It takes awhile to get use to the change, but it is still a great place to visit.

Apr 27, 2008 08:30 AM #3
Steve Glose
Keller Williams Classic Group - Orlando, FL
TRC, CIPS, 407-616-7286, Orlando Real Estate, Orla
I have collected many seashells along the Gulf Coast Beaches. If you can get off the coast and boat out to some of the barrier island's you reall find some amazing shells.
Apr 27, 2008 08:49 AM #4
Paul Gapski
Berkshire Hathaway / Prudential Ca Realty - El Cajon, CA
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Thank you for sharing your blog; we need Real estate Professionals to share their comments and information regarding their markets and experiences. Thanks again from beautiful Sunny San Diego

Aug 08, 2012 01:44 PM #5
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