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Sanibel Island, FL

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Why Go: This shellers’ mecca attributes its bounty to a wide continental shelf. Bend over in a “Sanibel stoop” to hunt for the coveted junonia (a twisted cone shell with markings like a giraffe’s spots): find one and you’ll get your picture in the local papers. For the best pickings on this Manhattan-size island, head up to Bowman’s Beach, on the northern end of the Gulf-facing beaches almost to Captiva Island. Rainy day? Get your daily mollusk fix at the island’s Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum.

What You’ll Find: Coquinas, scallops, whelks, and sand dollars.

—Kathryn O’Shea-Evans

10 Best U.S. Shelling Beaches

10 Best U.S. Shelling Beaches

Sanibel Island, FL

Why Go: This shellers’ mecca attributes its bounty to a wide continental shelf. Bend over in a “Sanibel stoop” to hunt for the coveted junonia (a twisted cone shell with markings like a giraffe’s spots): find one and you’ll get your picture in the local papers. For the best pickings on this Manhattan-size island, head up to Bowman’s Beach, on the northern end of the Gulf-facing beaches almost to Captiva Island. Rainy day? Get your daily mollusk fix at the island’s Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum.

What You’ll Find: Coquinas, scallops, whelks, and sand dollars.

—Kathryn O’Shea-Evans

10 Best U.S. Shelling Beaches

© Peter Essick/Aurora

10 Best U.S. Shelling Beaches

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