From the minute we arrived on the island, I was in heaven. Everywhere I looked, the theme was seashells... from art galleries to restaurants to shops - I was like a kid in a candy store.
Before we went, I did a little research on the island because I was really curious as to why so many seashells and sealife found their way there. I have lived on the Florida coast most of my life and haven't seen any seashells...so I was curious as to why they showed up over on the Gulf Coast in such large quantities and not here in my own backyard. Well now I know.
Sanibel Island is part of a large plateau that extends out into the Gulf of Mexico for miles and this plateau acts like a shelf for seashells to accumulate. Due to the currents and tides, shells travel from all over the world which is why one of the best times for shelling, is after a major storm. When the tides pick up, the seashells move around and Sanibel's land configuration acts as a scoop to pick up all these lovely shells roaming around out there, and the tides deliver these lovelies right onto the beaches....for all of us to enjoy. One of the best sites for Sanibel shelling is I Love Shelling...check it out - its an awesome research for shelling and more...on Sanibel Island.
|This where we stayed on W. Gulf Drive. Awesome location.|
Our little beachfront cottage. Very cute.
The beach at the Island Inn. Just gorgeous.
Sea turtle season. A great blog to learn more
about the sea turtle nests on Sanibel is Sanibel Toots.
It is a wonderful resource on everything
there is to love about Sanibel.
One of the highlights of the weekend was booking a shelling excursion with Captain Mike Fuery to Cayo Costa
Island for the most amazing timeThe tour leaves out
of Tween Marina which in on the Captiva side...
but called Tween because Captain Mike
said that the marina was in-between Sanibel and Captiva.
This is the restaurant that is at Tween Waters Inn.
We ended up going back there for dinner
on Captain Mike's recommendation. It was great.
Two of the cottages across the street from Tween Waters Inn.
I loved this one cottage. It was so pretty.
Here's the marina.
Captain Mike's boat. The excursion is a maxmium of 4 people.
Here's the amazing view leaving the marina heading
towards Cayo Costa. And the rest of the photos are samples
of the amazing shells I collected. This beach was so beautiful.
It was deserted and is part of a protected national park. The shells were amazing, many of the larger ones were still alive so of course,
we spent a lot of time throwing them back in, hoping that they
would not washback up again. My husband found a large shell,
about 10 inches long with what looked like a red large,
hairy tarantula peeking out of it. It was a creatureous looking crab
and when I told Captain Mike about it,
he said that it could be at least 15 years old!
We had placed it back in the ocean, hoping that it made it
back out to sea.
The great part was there were a lot of shells, especially the ones I like
best - old vintagely looking shells. I like the imperfect ones...that look like they have traveled far and wide. The bad part was, I left my camera on the boat and it was too difficult to go back and get it!!
And one last lovely little pink beauty............