Sanibel’s shell fair by the seashore

Sanibel_shellsIf you seek shells, you've got to go to Sanibel.

The island near Fort Myers, Florida, calls itself the shelling capital of the world, famous for its Sanibel Stoop  the silhouette of a beachwalker leaning over to pick up a shell.

So it's only fitting that Sanibel's Shell Fair & Show would be one of the premiere events for all things shelly. In fact, it's the largest and longest running shell fair in the country.

The 72nd annual gathering runs March 5 to 7, at the Sanibel Community House. Shellers compete for prizes while browswers shop and enjoy nautical treasures. The fair features shell displays and crafts, food and entertainment.

Tents include arrangements, wall hangings and jewelry, all created from shells.

Plus, for the purists, some undecorated shells are displayed too.

Hours 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and until 4 p.m. Saturday. Show admission: $3.

After the show, you'll be tempted to hit the shore yourself. Check out this article with a guide to the most common shells on area beaches.

COMMENTS

  1. E. Thai

    N.Captiva, only accessible by private boat, is also another excellent beach for shelling. Further up the Gulf Coast, in the St Pete/Clearwater area is Caladesi. Lots of Florida fighting conch for the taking.

    March 2, 2009 at 5:50 am
  2. Larry Bleiberg

    It is one of my favorite areas of Florida, but I’ve never taken a shell tour. I’d love to get out to these areas! Thanks for the tips.

    March 3, 2009 at 2:50 pm
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