It’s hard to choose the best beach for shelling on Sanibel since the entire island is a mecca for seashell enthusiasts.
But if we had to choose, we think Lighthouse Beach, Blind Pass Beach, and Tarpon Bay Road Beach are some of the best for shelling on Sanibel, here’s why…
Lighthouse Beach Sanibel
Located on the east end of the island, Lighthouse beach lands a number of unique shells that get washed into the bay from the Gulf. Monitoring the tides and wind direction will help you find the rare shells you seek for your collection. Note, Lighthouse beach is probably the busiest beach on the island. So, expect a lot of competition at all times of the day searching for your Sanibel treasure.
Learn more about how tides and weather affect shelling by reading our blog: “How Tides Affect Shelling & Fishing”
Blind Pass Beach
Head to the opposite end of the island and you’ll find Blind Pass Beach just before you cross into Captiva Island. As water rushes through Blind Pass from the Gulf, shells collect on both shorelines, Blind Pass Beach on Sanibel, and Turner Beach on Captiva. Both are great places to scour the shoreline for a prized possession. Again, wind direction, tides, and weather will dictate the shelling conditions at Blind Pass. Lucky for you, there are usually fewer folks at Blind Pass than Lighthouse Beach, mainly due to the longer drive and limited parking.
Tarpon Beach Road
Maybe you’ve noticed a theme with the first two locations being at opposite ends of the island. That’s why we chose the very middle of the island for our third location. You see, when the winds and storms come from the South, beaches that face directly south, like the one at Tarpon Beach Road, will see an increased number of shells on the shore. The further you walk from the public parking areas, the better chance you’ll have of finding unique shells – this goes for any beach access point.
We hope this helps give you a place to start when shelling on Sanibel Island. Of course, there are many great spots to search for seashells, so don’t limit yourself just to these three beaches. Check them out and let us know what you find!