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Shelling on the Islands

Sanibel | Captiva

Love to gather shells? This is the place.

Sanibel Island has some of the best shelling on earth – literally. Sanibel is considered the second most productive shelling destination in the world. If you’ve never been shelling or are an expert, this is the island for you. Here are some very basic tips, but for a more in-depth discussion, please see our local expert’s website at

The shelling is better on Sanibel than Captiva but beautiful shells can be found on both islands.
It is best to shell (you’ll get used to it being a verb) one hour before or after low tide but treasures can be found at any time.
Shelling is best at full or new moons because those tides are more extreme.
Go to for daily tips and for the best locations.

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