Seashell Season in Sarasota: Part 2

Seashell Season in Sarasota: Part 2

There’s no end of amazing discoveries to be made in Sunny Sarasota! Are you looking for some of the best shelling spots in Sarasota? Keep reading to find your unique vacation souvenir! 

Shelling Advice

Tidal Deposits

It’s no secret that Sarasota’s barrier islands have the best shells! A tip from shell experts: follow the tides. The best time to search for shells is an hour before and after low tide. Separating each island, you will find waterways that hold the best shell hauls! Each incoming tide brings fresh treasures to find. 

Beat the crowds

The further away from the crowds you get, the better your shelling prospects! It’s much easier to find a prime shell selection away from the busy areas of the beach.

Sandbars

Are you on the search for the famed sand dollar? Find a sandbar! Sandbars are known for having fresh shell deposits, full of sand dollars. Sand Dollar Island, found between Siesta and Lido Keys, promises fresh, breathtaking treasures every evening!

Don’t forget! The Golden Rule of Shelling: Never take a shell with a living creature still in it. 

Where to find the best shells in Sarasota

You’ve read some of the best shelling secrets, now you just need to know where to go! Below you will find Sarasota’s prime shelling spots.

Englewood shell display

Florida’s Barrier Islands

Siesta Key

Lido Key

Longboat Key

Casey Key

Venice, Manasota Key

Looking for a more unique souvenir to remember your Sarasota vacation by? Venice is famed for their fossilized shark teeth! 

Tips for cleaning your shells

To clean your shells, simply wash them with fresh water, or let them soak overnight for the ones that need a deeper clean. If your shell has algae stuck on it or is discolored, you can use a diluted clorox solution. 

Creative Ways to Use Your Shells

Shells make a great home decor item! There are many ways you can use your shells once you bring them home. A great way to repurpose shells is by placing a strand of christmas lights in a glass vase and filling it with sea treasures. This makes a beautiful room accent in any season! Other ways you can get creative with your shells is by gluing them to gift boxes, mirrors, lamps, and chairs. Anything you can glue it to, shells will turn it into a fun, tropical decoration. 

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Seashell Season in Sarasota: Part 1

Seashell Season in Sarasota: Part 1

Seashell Season in Sarasota: Part 1

There’s no end of amazing discoveries to be made in Sunny Sarasota! Are you looking for some of the best shelling spots in Sarasota? Keep reading to find your unique vacation souvenir! 

 

One of my most treasured memories as a child was diving for sand dollars in Sarasota! Every evening, my siblings and I would run down to the beach and scatter everywhere, searching for the best shell to bring in. The crowning jewel of these shells was the sand dollar. I had many unforgettable memories, diving under the tropical waters for hours, all for the famed sand dollar. I never did find one of my own! My older sister had a knack for it – everytime she dove under, she would come up with another pristine sand dollar. Of all my childhood memories, shell searching in Sarasota was my favorite pastime. 

 

Seashells are some of the oldest inhabitants of the earth, and a prized treasure! While shells can be found all over the globe, Florida is known for their unique natural repository of alluring shells. Shells are the exoskeleton of mollusks, sea creatures with soft bodies. When a mollusk dies, the exoskeleton is left behind in Florida’s waters, creating some awesome souvenirs to bring home! 

 

Shells you can find in Sarasota

Sarasota is home to many different shells, but one of the most prized treasures is the sand dollar! Here are some other seashells you may find in Sarasota: 

  • Whelk
  • Olive
  • Sunray Venus
  • Scallops
  • Cat Paw
  • Coquina
  • Fighting Conch
  • Auger
  • Cockle
  • Turkey Wing
  • Jewelbox

 

Want to know more about your haul? You can purchase a shelling guide to help you determine the identity of your new treasures!

 

Shelling Advice

  • Follow the shell line and high-tide mark.
  • The early bird gets the worm! Shells wash up overnight, meaning the early morning is the best time for shelling.
  • The best time to search for shells is an hour before and after low tide. 
  • Hit the beach after a storm! Storms can bring in loads of unique shells you have never seen before!
  • Go snorkeling! You can get an up-close view of the shallows and sandbars, and find shells that haven’t made it to shore yet.
3 Shelling Hot Spots Near Palmetto, FL

3 Shelling Hot Spots Near Palmetto, FL

3 Shelling Hot Spots Near Palmetto, FL Riviera Dunes Marina Blog

3 Shelling Hot Spots Near Palmetto, FL

If you’re looking for shelling hot spots near Palmetto, you don’t have to go far! There are plenty of locals’ spots that you will want to visit when you’re ready to add to your collection. While veteran beachcombers might know about these spots, you never know what treasures you will discover upon your return!

Keep in mind that you’ll have your most successful shelling when either the water is at low tide or after a storm, when there are plenty of gems washing ashore. 

Here are the three best shelling hot spots when you’re in the Palmetto area.

Manatee Public Beach

If you head to the end of Manatee Public Beach, you can park there for free! After combing the beaches, this is also a great area to shop for souvenirs, visit gift shops and even grab lunch or dinner at the variety of cafes there. And if you prefer to clean up before heading home, there are public showers to do so!

Coquina Public Beach

Head to South Gulf Drive, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find abundant treasures awaiting for you! Here you will find shark’s teeth! When you work up an appetite from all of your shelling, head to the concession stand for some light refreshments.

Egmont Key

Tucked away in Tampa Bay, beachcombers must travel by ferry to this area, which is home to pristine beaches and of course excellent shelling opportunities. Because this state park is so secluded, it’s best to pack plenty of drinking water and extra food as there are no stores on site. Once you’re done shelling, that doesn’t mean the fun stops! Continue to enjoy the great outdoors as you can go fishing, swimming and even wildlife watching.

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