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Go on a Delightful Hunt for Beautiful Treasures

Whether you’re starting a collection or adding to one, the best kinds of souvenirs come from the sea.

Given that Sanibel and Captiva Islands are actually made out of shells, it should come as no surprise that their beaches are world-famous for shelling. In fact, they’ve come to be known as the Shell Islands. And at South Seas, warm Gulf waters, an expansive two-and-a half mile stretch of beach, and more than 400 different types of shells mean that you can get your fill of hundreds of beautiful seashells that have washed ashore. Expect to find conch, junonia, lightning whelk, tulip, sand dollar, and more.

So grab a bucket and hit the beach! An hour before or after low tide is best. And since the beach is different every day, you’ll make new discoveries every time. Want to connect to other shell enthusiasts? Visit to learn everything you need to know about shelling on Sanibel and Captiva Islands.