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Where is the best place to find sea shells in Southwest Florida?

If you’re tired of combing the sand for sea shells in front of your pet friendly beach house, consider taking a short trip to the beautiful Sanibel & Captiva Islands. 

Sanibel Island and Captiva Island have earned their reputation as the “Shell Islands” because they are actually made out of shells, created over thousands of years.

While you’re on Sanibel, you must check out the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum! It’s more than just a collection of shells. Their mission is to educate you about shells, further awareness of nature, and promote collection-based research on shells and mollusks in Southwest FL. They focus on art and history, as well as shell habitat.

At the Shell Museum, they have over 30 exhibits of sea shells from around the world! They also feature a learning lab, with a hands-on display area for children, games, and a tank with indigenous mollusks.

To learn more about the Shell Museum and the best areas of Sanibel to find sea shells, please download our free eBook 25 Ways to Enjoy Southwest Florida.

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