On many Caribbean islands, finding shells can be a challenge. Many beaches are filled with gorgeous, soft white sand. That’s a good thing–but it’s not so great for beachcombers hoping to find a conch or a Caribbean cone. Therefore, it’s helpful to know the exact locations of the best Caribbean beaches to find shells. Here’s where to find them:
1. Shell Beach, St. Barthelemy
Shell Beach has been listed as one of the best beaches for shelling in the entire world! Also known as Grand Galet, it’s practically covered in seashells and conchs. Keep in mind that walking on Shell Beach is no easy task, so bring a pair of water shoes or sandals to protect your feet.
To visit this beach, you’ll need to visit the beautiful island of St. Barthelemy, and head to the city of Gustavia. It’s popular with tourists, but rarely gets crowded. In addition, there’s a convenient restaurant and beach bar located nearby.
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2. Eleuthera Island, The Bahamas
This island in the Bahamas is great for shelling thanks to the tropical storms that often push large quantities of shells ashore. Located about 50 miles east of Nassau, Eleuthera has some of the best snorkeling in the country. However, don’t expect to find too many shops or restaurants here. This long, thin island is much less developed than some of its more popular neighbors. While there, be sure to visit French Leave Beach, famous for its unique pink sand.
3. Tobago Cays, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Thanks to the large amount of conch fishing in the area, Tobago Cays in St. Vincent and the Grenadines is heaped with conch shells, among others. There’s even a small man-made island created from conch shells. Known as “Happy Island,” it has its very own beach bar. The island is the brainchild of an environmental officer named Janti, who decided to recycle discarded shells from conch fishing. He began by simply piling the shells together in the shallow sea. After using cement to mold them together, he built a bar and opened it to the public in 2002.
4. Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
Guantanamo Bay in Cuba is without a doubt one of the best beaches in the Caribbean to find shells, thanks to the large quantity and variety of shells that wash ashore. In addition, you can find oodles of colorful sea glass, and spiny sea urchins by the bucketful. Visitors have reported finding large treasure troves of mini shells and coral as well. In fact, there are so many, you could spend an entire day beachcombing and collecting.
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