Shells, shells, shells!
Shell collecting is one of our most popular beach activities. Shelling aficionados come from all over the world to explore our shell selection, and it’s easy to see why. Shells are everywhere here! You can find them on Bonita Beach
, Fort Myers Beach
and the outer islands. But it’s Sanibel and Captiva islands
that gather the most, thanks to geography. Shells from the Caribbean roll up the gradually sloping undersea shelf and gentle waves keep shells intact, which means bigger and better shells for you to find. True Beach Getaways
With so many islands, finding your perfect beach is easy. Ride the trolley or walk the boardwalks over tidal lagoons to Lovers Key State Park
, an isolated ribbon of beach skirted by fledgling sea oats. The rest of the world drifts away with only your loved ones to keep you company on this isolated and romantic beach. Farther south on Bonita Beach, you’ll find good shelling and the county’s only off-leash dog beach. Or island hop by boat to the bridgeless islands of North Captiva and Cayo Costa State Park
. Remote and sparsely populated, you’ll find wide-open beaches and a more exclusive selection of shells. For the less sea-worthy, Boca Grande Beach
is accessible by road ($4 causeway toll) on Gasparilla Island along with five beaches facing the Gulf of Mexico.