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Sanibel Island Beaches Photo courtesy of Rachael Taft
  • 1700 Bowman's Beach Road

    Sanibel, FL 33957

  • Phone: 239-472-6397


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Sanibel Island is filled with magnificent beaches that are great for a lot more than just relaxing. The barrier island is renowned for its shell-filled beaches and often cited as one of the best places for shelling in the world. Visitors to the island are known for doing the so-called "Sanibel Stoop". It's a move in which you're bent over to the point that the only thing visible is your butt, the rest of you is close to the sand searching for and collecting shells. It is illegal to take live shells, so if you find a creature is still inhabiting something you find, put it back in the water.

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Gina Birch

Ten Best Logo 03 Local Expert Says:

"Be sure to get your "Stoop" on in the early morning to beat the crowds, hot sun and find the best shells."


Best Because: The shape of Sanibel Island and the currents of the Gulf of Mexico make the beaches here top-notch for finding one-of-a kind shells.