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kaddjr
06-22-2006, 03:48 PM
We're leaving for WDW a week from tomorrow. :banana: We're thinking of adding a beach day at the end of our trip. I'm having a hard time deciding on which beach to spend a day, possibly two, at. I've narrowed it down to either Honeymoon Island or Siesta Key beach. I want to do some shelling while there- which one is better for that? I would like to find some decent sized ones, possibly some sand dollars, etc.

Please help me decide! Thanks! :)

tinkerrn
06-24-2006, 11:45 AM
YOu will need to go to Honeymoon Island for shelling. Not to many shells on Siesta Key. Its a great white sand beach...beautifull, but very few shells. I have not been to Honeymoon Island, but have seen it on TV...looks very nice also, but looked 'shelly'.

magicmouse2
06-24-2006, 11:47 AM
We are going to Siesta Key and I cant wait. We have done clearwater, but think that Siesta Key will be more relaxed.

mom22boys
06-26-2006, 11:41 AM
I have not been to Honeymoon Island, but have been to Siesta Key. I do not remember finding shells at Siesta Key, but I do remember it being the most beautiful beach ever! We loved Siesta Key. The sand was so soft and the water so warm and clear. I wish we could go back! :sunny:

Paticake
06-26-2006, 11:49 AM
We love Siesta Key. Didn't find many shells. We also went to Boca Grande "down there somewhere" for tons of shells

mom22boys
06-26-2006, 11:54 AM
Paticake, how funny, I was just about to post that Boca Grande had the best shells I have ever seen at a Florida Beach. Plus the water was clear and beautiful there, too. I think Boca Grande is somewhat close to Fort Myers. :sunny:

spiceycat
06-26-2006, 11:54 AM
travel channel visited a florida island beach down from tampa - that had a ton of shells on it...

but I don't think it was either of the ones you mentioned.

spiceycat
06-26-2006, 12:00 PM
found 2 - Sanibel Island and Marco Island

here is an article
http://www.gridline.com/Marco/shelling.htm

another one
http://www.shellmuseum.org/

lillygator
06-26-2006, 01:21 PM
Siesta Key has tons of shells, but they are past the point of rocks, not at the main beach.

ETA: there are also TONS of sanddollars out on the sandbar...but I find they are more common when its a bit hotter around August. Very easy to find just by willing your feet around.

We've been shelling last week and brought home a large 5 gallon paintbucket full of them...(DH has to carry it!)

Donnie Baker
06-27-2006, 12:43 AM
SK has more sand dollars than any other beach I've found on our Gulf coast. but like lillygator said, you have to head out to the first sand bar to find them. the baby ones are the size of a dime, and you can harvest only two per day by Florida law.

kaddjr
06-30-2006, 01:20 AM
Thanks for the input everyone! We're are going to Siesta Key. :)

lillygator
06-30-2006, 10:45 PM
Thanks for the input everyone! We're are going to Siesta Key. :)

Excellent choice!

PamNC
07-01-2006, 09:08 AM
Never been to honeymoon Island but we LOVE Siesta Key. We often add a day or two to our Disney vacations to visit this gorgeous place. The white sand and the crystal clear waters blows my mind! And, we love the little village area.

PamNC