Don’t get me wrong. I love hot, sunny days in Surfside in the Summer. The smell in the air, the warm Gulf water, the pelicans and seagulls everywhere, and everyone having fun swimming. But I really love Winter days on the beach. Everything seems crisper, a little more laid back, and that is when you can find the BEST SHELLS. Yes, I am a sheller from way back. I can’t sit and relax and read a book every time I go. I have a mission, and that mission is finding shells that I never seen before.
I’ve been on the hunt for seashells since I was very little. My mom got me into it. She loved finding the Texas Olive shells and making necklaces out of them. She had all of us kids “working” on that beach finding the biggest and the most we could. It was a contest to see who brought her the most. Those were great memories growing up.
Nowadays, I leave my husband in his chair reading, and I can be gone for hours searching! When my sisters come to visit, he won’t see us all day.
Just like a bird watcher, (which is also amazing to do in Surfside-we have a bird-watching trail) I have a book in which I can identify each and every shell. So far, there’s only one I can’t find the name to match!
The very best time to find the biggest and best shells is right after a cold front or rain storm. They get washed up like crazy! We love to go out really early to start our search.
So, next time to come to Surfside Beach, and rent a house from Coastal Sisters, ask us the best places to find shells. It’s a secret we’ll only share with you!