Courtesy of California State Parks, 2009

Silver Strand State Beach Coronado Island, CA

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Why Go: Named for its shimmering oyster-strewn shore, this popular and easily accessible stretch of beach on Coronado is also scattered with more enticing shells. A pedestrian tunnel under the road connects bay and ocean sides of the thin strip of beach, but the best shells are served up by the long, gentle rolling surf on the ocean side. Hotel del Coronado, a coral-red-roofed classic resort, is just a wave away (and its spa offers several face and body treatments that involve the application of gently heated, smooth shells).

What You’ll Find: Sand dollars, cockles, limpets, and scallops.

—Kathryn O’Shea-Evans

10 Best U.S. Shelling Beaches

10 Best U.S. Shelling Beaches

Silver Strand State Beach Coronado Island, CA

Why Go: Named for its shimmering oyster-strewn shore, this popular and easily accessible stretch of beach on Coronado is also scattered with more enticing shells. A pedestrian tunnel under the road connects bay and ocean sides of the thin strip of beach, but the best shells are served up by the long, gentle rolling surf on the ocean side. Hotel del Coronado, a coral-red-roofed classic resort, is just a wave away (and its spa offers several face and body treatments that involve the application of gently heated, smooth shells).

What You’ll Find: Sand dollars, cockles, limpets, and scallops.

—Kathryn O’Shea-Evans

10 Best U.S. Shelling Beaches

Courtesy of California State Parks, 2009

10 Best U.S. Shelling Beaches

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