Posted on 12/1/2023

Discover Some of the Best Local Shelling Beaches in Florida

If you’re ready to enjoy the slower pace of life, now is the perfect time to plan a getaway to Florida’s Forgotten Coast. Found along the northwest Gulf coast, this region is filled with sandy shorelines and endless adventure. Enjoy the beach vacation of a lifetime by reserving your rental from Cape & Coast Premier Properties. Our Florida properties are in some of the best-kept secret destinations, including Cape San Blas and St. George Island. Not only will you have a relaxing place to call home, but you’ll also be close to some of the best shelling beaches in Florida. Go for a stroll and see what you can find!

A Guide to Three Spots to Go Exploring

Shelling is one of those activities anyone can enjoy. Grab your bag and set off to wander the shoreline a few hours before or after low tide. Another great time to go looking for shells is after a storm, as the weather can turn up even more treasures. 

When figuring out where to go shelling, you can try it almost anywhere water and sand meet. However, there are some places near Cape San Blas known for their plethora of shells. Remember, live shelling is prohibited at most beaches. If an animal is in the shell, please leave it be. 

1. T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park features sandy beaches and tall dunes on its Gulf Side and a marsh on the bay side. Thanks to having access to two beaches, this is one of the best options in the area.

2. Salinas Park in nearby Port St. Joe has two sides: a gulfside and a bayside. You’ll want to head to the gulfside portion for your shelling adventure. While you may not find large shells, the shores here are known for scallop shells.

 3. The white-sand beaches at William J “Billy Joe” Rish Recreation Area are ripe for exploring. Found along the Gulf of Mexico, this natural attraction has earned a reputation as an excellent place to look for shells.

What to Look For

Knowing where to look is only half the battle. It’s also important to know what you’re looking for. There are several types of shells you can find along the beaches near Cape San Blas, including periwinkle, fan scallop, horse conch, and Junonia. To help you know what you’re looking for, download or purchase a Florida seashell handbook.

Wander the Shoreline by Your Cape San Blas Rental

Found on the St. Joseph Peninsula, Cape San Blas is home to some of the best shelling beaches in Northwest Florida. Be steps away from possible hidden treasures by reserving a beachfront rental from Cape & Coast Premier Properties. Our inventory of Cape San Blas vacation rentals is comprised of incredible homes perfect for groups of all sizes. Take your time browsing our inventory to find your perfect home away from home. Don’t forget to check out our special offers for ways to save.

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