TORONTO, June 21, 2023 – Fort Myers Islands, Beaches, and Neighborhoods are known worldwide as one of the best places to go shelling. People come from around the globe to check out its white sand beaches and world-famous shelling. Every year on the first day of summer – June 21st, Lee County celebrates National Seashell Day.
Visitors and locals head to the beaches to admire the beautiful shells left behind by creatures, typically snails and mollusks. Sanibel Island has earned the title of the Seashell Capital of the World owing to its abundance of seashells. The island lies east and west which is different from most islands, making it prime to catch the shells from the Gulf of Mexico.
Every year, people flock to Sanibel and Captiva Islands to search for over 400 species of shells. The calm waves and geographic location make these islands the top pick for people to look for beautiful seashells.
There are many great places for beginners and long-time shell enthusiasts to check out. Shell cruises are available with Captiva Cruises to explore more remote shelling sites like Cayo Costa State Park, which are only accessible by boat. The “Sanibel Stoop” and “Captiva Crawl” are coined nicknames for the bent-over posture one takes when picking up seashells.
First introduced in 2016, National Seashell Day is celebrated throughout Lee County to alleviate the issue of the illegal shell trade. There are laws to govern shelling, ensuring people do not remove any shell containing a living creature.
Fort Myers is only a short three-hour flight away from Toronto. Air Canada operates non-stop daily service four days a week from Toronto (YYZ) to Fort Myers (RSW). WestJet also offers non-stop service three times a week for the summer season until October 8th from Toronto.
Rediscover Fort Myers Islands, Beaches and Neighborhoods summer. Fort Myers and surrounding areas include Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel & Captiva islands, Boca Grande & Outer Islands, Pine Island, Matlacha, Cape Coral, North Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Estero, Alva, Buckingham, and Lehigh Acres.
From gourmet restaurants, white sand beaches, hiking and paddling trails, offshore excursions and hands-on activities at various museums and theatres. There is so much to see and do in Southwest Florida.