Sanibel Island Beaches


1700 Bowman's Beach Road
Sanibel, FL 33957

Phone: 239-472-6397

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    Sanibel Island Beaches

    Photo courtesy of Rachael Taft

10BEST Says

Best Attractions & Activities: 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 shores and is 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. Speaking of the water, it is clear, refreshing and lovely.


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Local Expert Says:

Best Attractions & Activities: "Be sure to get your "Stoop" on (local term for shell hunting) in the early morning to beat the heat and crowds for the best shells."

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

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Best Attractions & Activities: 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 shores and is 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. Speaking of the water, it is clear, refreshing and lovely.

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Local Expert Anjali Mansukhani Says:

Best Attractions & Activities: "Be sure to get your "Stoop" on (local term for shell hunting) in the early morning to beat the heat and crowds for the best shells."

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

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