What Are the Best Beaches for Seashell Collecting?

beaches-seashell-collecting Credit: Hannah Gilbert/CC-BY-2.0

According to CNN, the best beaches for seashell collecting are Sanibel Island, Ocracoke Island, Bandon, Galveston, Tunnels Beach, Flag Ponds Nature Park, Cumberland Island National Seashore, Eleuthera Island, Great Peconic Bay and Stinson Beach. All these beaches except one are located in the United States.

The top beach for seashell collecting, CNN states, is Sanibel Island in Florida. This beach is considered one of the best in the world, with seashells covering the sand. There is even a shell museum nearby.

The next beach is Ocracoke Island in North Carolina. This is where hardcore shellers can find the rare Scotch bonnet shell, which is home to sea snails. These egg-shaped shells are patterned with spots and spiral bands.

Next is Bandon beach in Oregon. It is rare for a West Coast beach to harbor shells, but the shells of this beach are protected from the rough ocean waves by the mouth of the Coquille River.

The Texas city of Galveston is also a great shelling beach because it lies on the Gulf of Mexico.

Eleuthera Island is another great shelling location for collectors, and it is located in the Bahamas. Hurricanes leave piles of shells on the beaches as well as in the shallow waters.