Sanibel Island Named Best Beaches for Shelling by Coastal Living

Every week from Memorial Day through Labor Day, our readers are voting for the best spots of the summer—and this week’s winner for the Best Shelling Beach is Sanibel Island, Florida!

This Gulf island is located just offshore of Fort Myers on Florida’s southwest coast. Seashells (more than 250 varieties of seashells, in fact) cover the beaches here, and Sanibel is also home to The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum and an annual shell fair and show. With so much shelling-specific attractions, it’s no surprise that shell lovers of all levels flock to Sanibel Island (and its sister island, Captiva), but Sanibel also offers a wealth of attractions beyond its famed shelling. –