Best Beaches For Splendid Seashells On Anna Maria Island

Best Beaches for Seashells on Anna Maria Island

Best Beaches for Seashells on Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island has become famous for its pristine beaches, calm azure waters and unlimited Florida sunshine, but it has so much more than that to offer. People come here from all over the globe to get SEASHELLS!  Not just collectors or merchants, but real people like you and me can find absolute treasures.  Some of my favorites to find, and possibly the easiest are lion’s paws, tiger paws, clam shells, turkey wings and coquinas. The ones I love to find, and I sure everyone feels the same, are sand dollars!  You have to go pretty far out to get them intact, and you have to have some time to spend collecting Starfishthem from the sea floor. Here is a list of Anna Maria Island’s best shell finding beaches.

1. Manatee Public Beach at the end of SR64 – I am a fifth generation Bradenton Florida native, and this is the beach I grew up on. My parents brought me to this beach for the first time when I was only 6 months old. I learned to swim here, sunbathe here and my favorite beach activity to collect seashells.

2. Anna Maria City Beach at the end of White Avenue – Not only is the beach at the end of this road unspoiled it is mostly secluded. I remember finding seashells here that hadn’t even been touched by other beach goers. This is definitely where I am always able to find unbroken shells.

3. Bayfront Park on North Bay Boulevard – I find that this is a good place to find larger shells because there are not a lot of waves the on the bayside of Anna Maria Island. If you catch this area at its lowest tide you will be able to find shells like none other anywhere on the island.

4. Bean Point on North Shore Drive – This is a place easily missed by most vacationers to Anna Maria Island, but locals like me love to explore the northern most beaches of Anna Maria Island. I found a beaut of a large pink and white conch shell that my daughter swears she hears mermaids singing inside.

5. Coquina Public Beach on South Gulf Drive – The south end of Anna Maria Island is a great place to not only find seashells, but sharks teeth as well! Some great advice I got from a fellow local was to keep my eye on the water line, and that “shark’s teeth will tumble while seashells roll”. I have found the most sharks teeth just remembering that phrase!

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Jason

Jason is a Digital Media Design Specialist and a long time Anna Maria Island area local who designs web, print, and social media marketing materials. He is certified in New Media Technology and Web Design. In his downtime, he enjoys sun soaked days on the beach and is always up for a bike ride along the Beach and a sunset BBQ on Anna Maria Island.

Comments

  1. David says

    Thank you so much for the information. My partner Allen and I are planning a beach wedding and are planning on doing a special party favor with authentic florida shells. We will most definitely be paying a visit here this afternoon!

    • says

      That is an awesome idea David! Congratulations to you guys, where are you doing the wedding if you don’t mind my asking? And if I could add my personal opinion, you should check out Coquina Beach first; I’m a native and I always had the best luck finding the most unique shells down there.

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