Florida is home to some of the most stunning beaches, and that of course means some sweet shores for shell hunting too. Whether you’re an avid shell collector or not, it’s hard to not want to pick up a pretty piece or two when you’re visiting the beach, especially if its prime shelling territory. If you’re looking to add to your collection or just bring home some inexpensive souvenirs, check out this list of some of the best Florida seashell hunting spots this summer.
Beah bums and treasure hunters alike will love these pristine shores with views for days, crystal clear waters, and more than one way to have fun in the sun.
While you’re bound to find shells at these spots, it’s always a good idea to check the weather and water conditions beforehand.
In many cases, the best time to find shells is right after big storms when the tide is low. Going in the early morning may even help increase your pickings since you're more likely to have the sands to yourself.
This list makes it easy to map out your next shelling adventure, and you could totally make a beachy Florida road trip just around these spots. So grab your buckets, fill your tank, and happy hunting!
Stump Pass Beach State Park
Price: $3 per vehicle
Address: 900 Gulf Blvd., south end of Manasota Key, Englewood FL
Why You Need To Go: Mounds upon mounds of shells await your exploration at Stump Pass. The park is open year-round, but shelling opportunities are best during the winter.
Seashell Kayak Tour To Kice Island
Address: Kice Island, FL
Why You Need To Go: While this kayaking tour is a little pricey, the guides take you to a shell-covered island only accessible by boat or kayak for two hours where you can find some incredible and colorful shells. Have your own boat or kayak? Skip the tour and seek out these shores on your own.
Odyssey Shelling Day Cruise
Address: 776 Dodecanese Blvd., Tarpon Springs, FL
Why You Need To Go: A shelling tour better suited for penny pinchers, you can find treasures of all kinds on this tour, including some absolutely massive conch shells.
Address: Longboat Key, FL
Why You Need To Go: From tiny pastel shells, colorful conchs, and even sand dollars, your hunting time won’t be wasted at this gorgeous beach.
Ten Thousand Islands
Price: Free; best accessed by boat — you can launch your own craft from a nearby ramp for free or take a $40 tour with Everglades Florida Adventures.
Address: You can launch your own boat from the Caxambas Park Boat Launch at 909 Collier Ct, Marco Island, FL
Why You Need To Go: A treasure trove of shell varieties, these remote Gulf Coast Islands are the perfect shelling escape from November through April.
Address: 2187 Oceanview Dr, Tierra Verde, FL
Why You Need To Go: This tiny island oasis is totally worth the trek to get there, and you’ll find all kinds of shells on its unspoiled sands. There are a few different ways to get there, including a kayak tour if you don't want to sail there alone.
Price: Free to visit, but you can only get here by boat. The Hemingway Water Shuttle will take you there for $44 round trip.
Address: 10181 Keewaydin Island, Naples, FL
Why You Need To Go: This 8-mile island is located between Naples and Marco Island. With sugary white sands and pristine waters, you’ll find tons of special shells, sand dollars, and pieces of coral here. This island even has boats that serve up ice cream and burgers.
Leave only footprints, take only memories...and maybe a seashell or two!
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