I have heard about shelling on Sanibel Island for decades, finally made it there. $6.00 to get onto the island, $2.00 per hour to park, which meant I had to predict ahead of time how long to stay (or plan on going back to feed the meter and put the ticket in my car). There were lots of people and while there were lots of shells, there weren't many that were intact. Mostly bivalves and mostly picked over. There were some people who were serious about getting shells, lugging bags off the beach, digging major holes in the piles of shells with their specialized shovels. I did not see anything different than I have found on other Gulf Coast or even Atlantic coast beaches, nor did I find better shells than at other Florida beaches. So, my overall experience was it wasn't worth it, at least not for the shells.
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