Celebrate National Seashell Day the Right Way

Variations of brightly colored seashells on the beaches of Sanibel

June 21 is National Seashell Day, and it seems to come sooner and sooner every year. If you’re planning ahead – or just getting a feel for what it’s all about – here’s a few insider tips on the events, activities and go-to places that will be bustling with excited shell seekers.

Summer Savings:

Plan ahead and take advantage of these special travel deals. Hotels, vacation rentals and RV parks almost always offer discounted rates or extra days during the summer season.

Find the Best Beaches:

With over 50 miles of sun-soaked beaches, the islands of Captiva and Sanibel offer the best spots to practice your “Sanibel Stoop” and “Captiva Crouch.” Join the search for over 400 species of shells. Calm waves, combined with their location, make these two islands the primary places to hunt for seashells.

Grab a Bite:

Hit up local seaside eateries like Flippers on the Bay in Fort Myers Beach, RumRunners in Cape Coral or Doc Ford’s Sanibel Rum Bar and Grille. Try venturing inland to the Downtown River District for a number of restaurants like Ford’s Garage, Downtown House of Pizza and Twisted Vine Bistro. Take a boat to The Cabbage Key Inn, a legendary local restaurant on Cabbage Key Island, where the walls are covered in dollar bills.

Hit Up the Museum:

After filling your pockets full of shells, be sure to visit the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum on Sanibel Island. It’s devoted solely to shells and listed in the famous book 1,000 Places To See Before You Die. This museum has invested years in educating beachcombers on the wonders of nature.

National Seashell Day is the perfect time to visit Southwest Florida. Start planning your trip today.

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