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16 Superb Vacation Destinations for Seashell Collectors

Updated on April 3, 2017

Seashells are hard protective outer layers of some marine organisms. They are usually washed up on beaches after soft part of the animal would have been eaten by its predator or would have simply rotted out. People have collected, studied and admired seashells from thousands of years. For some, collecting seashells is a hobby. There are many books on the subject of shell collecting. There are many "shell clubs" where people who are united by their shared interest in shells get together.


There are many beaches where seashells are available in abundance. Here are some of them:

Sanibel Island Beach

This island is gifted with an abundance of sea shells. Seashell collectors have to visit this place. It is located in southwest Florida. Shells of many types and sizes are found here. Scallops, Cockle, Conch, Lightning Whelk, Junonia, Tulip, Olive and Murex are some varieties found here.

Waikiki Beach

Located in Honolulu, Hawaii, is a great vacation destination for seashell collectors. The climate here is warm and cloud free. Collectors can find a varieties of seashells in this beach.

Ocracocke Island

Beaches in this island located in Hyde County, North Carolina offer varieties of sea shells.

Marco Island

Beaches in this place located in Collier County, Florida, are well known for their various sea shells. Marco Island is a great vacation destination for seashell collectors.


Galveston Island

It is a barrier island on the Texas gulf coast in the United States of America. It is approximately 50 miles southeast of Houston. The beach here is literally decorated with seashells. It is definitely one of the best vacation destinations for seashell collectors.


Beaches in Bandon, a city located in Coos County, Oregon, have many varieties of seashells.

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Stinson Beach

This beach is located in Marin County, California. This beach offers limpet shells and sand dollars, but the water here is cold and fog is common throughout the year.

Tunnels Beach

This beach is located in Kauai, Hawaii. Seashell collectors will definitely not be disappointed here.

San Jose Island

It is a barrier island on the Gulf Coast of Texas. It offers 21 miles of unspoiled coastline full of seashells. Seashell collectors can find olive shells, wentletraps, shark's eyes, sand dollars and lightning whelks.

Flag Ponds Nature Park

Flag Ponds Nature Park is a beautiful gift of nature. It is located in St. Leonard, Maryland, along the Chesapeake Bay. Most of the seashells found here are fossils dating back to millions of years.


Silver Strand State Beach

This beach is located in San Diego County, California. It is famous for its silver oyster shells. Collectors can also find other varieties of seashells like cockles, scallops, sand dollars and limpets.

Cumberland Island National Seashore

It is located in Camden County, Georgia. This island is accessible only by boat. Seashells like sand dollar are available here. Another advantage is that this place is not crowded.

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Shelter Island

Located in the state of New York, this is an ideal summer retreat for seashell collectors. The beach here is famous for orange and yellow jingle shells. It also offers other types of seashells like large spindles, scallops and snails.

Eleuthera Island

This is an island in the beautiful Bahamas. Beaches here offer a wide varieties of seashells. This place is also famous for its sea food.

Point Roberts

Located in Whatcom County, Washington, this place is famous for its wealth of sea life. Seashell collectors will love the beaches here. They can collect oysters and clams in peace.

Great Peconic Bay

Located in the state of New York, this place is famous for scallop shells.

Vacation to any of the above destinations is sure to be a memorable one.

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I have the world's largest collection of seashells. I keep it on all the beaches of the world... perhaps you've seen it.

— Steven Wright


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      Travel-Wise 3 weeks ago

      This is a fantastic list for shell collectors! Thanks for sharing :D

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      Srikanth R 3 weeks ago

      Most welcome!

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