For people heading to Tampa Bay to enjoy one of its many beautiful beaches one must do activity is finding an assortment of beautiful shells. But which Tampa Bay beaches are the best for finding shells? This guide will list the top three Tampa Bay area beaches to find shells.
Tampa Bays Best Beaches To Find Shells #1- Fort Desoto‘s North Beach
Fort Desoto’s North Beach was voted the country’s top beach by the famous Dr. Beach for a good reason. The beautiful beach is always changing depending on the currents but its beauty remains. This Tampa Bay area beach is filled with shells, ranging from large scallop shells, conch shells, and sand dollars. In fact this Tampa Bay beach is the best place to find whole sand dollars in the entire Tampa Bay areas.
Besides shelling this beach has a variety of amenities including bathrooms, showers, and picnic pavilions. Parking at Fort Desoto is free put there is a toll to enter the park, less than 50 cents will buy you a days worth of fun in the sun and plenty of shells.
Tampa Bays Best Beaches To Find Shells #2- Caladesi Island
Caladesi Island is a great Tampa Bay beach for finding shells because not only do a large amount of shells wash up on its shore every day, but because this island is only accessible by ferry the beach is fairly empty. This leaves you with tons of shells that aren’t being picked up by thousands of other people shelling.
The Caladesi Island ferry leaves from Honeymoon Island State Park. The ferry costs $10 for adults and $6 for children ages four to twelve. To get an early start at your shelling you can camp overnight on Caladesi Island.
Tampa Bays Best Beaches To Find Shells #3- Pass-A-Grille Beach
Pass-A-Grille Beach is located just south of St. Pete Beach and feels more like thousands of miles away from the crowds that fill its northern neighbor. The shells at Pass-A-Grille are beautiful and plentiful. The water of the beach is also a beautiful blue green color that you would come to expect on a visit to a tropical Florida beach.
Parking at the beach is plentiful, but you will have to pay for it. This Tampa Bay beach is also a great beach for sun tanning and swimming. Your kids will love playing in the gentle surf.
If you are looking for a great beach for your family, try reading Tampa Bay’s Best Family Beaches.
Fort Desoto Park
Caladesi Island State Park Website