You’ve no doubt heard great things about Southwest Florida beaches, but you’re in for a real treat when you visit Sanibel Island. That’s because Sanibel is virtually a sheller’s paradise.
One of the best resorts on Sanibel, the Casa Ybel Resort has been named one of Conde Nast Traveler’s “Best Places To Stay In The World. Travel and Leisure Magazine includes Casa Ybel as one of the “500 Greatest Hotels in the World.” This all-condo property features 23 acres of prime Gulf-front land, and beautifully manicured landscaping along Sanibel Island’s pristine white sandy beach.
As the sun sets and the tide is low, Sanibel beachcombers hunch over the sand, dig and look at lumps in their search for a beautiful variety of seashells. Actually, the search doesn’t take long. The treasure hunt unveils vast amounts of shells of every kind: large and small, cone-shaped and scalloped and spiraled, pink or white or orange. Sanibel Island, and its sister island, Captiva, off the Southwest Coast of Florida are the mother lode for shell hunters, and it is all due to the area’s geography.