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Holiday Treasures At Low Tide Sanibel

Posted by on Dec 16, 2013 in Blind Pass, Captiva, Lace Murex, Paper Fig, Shark's Eye | 27 comments

showing sanibel shells

With a full moon and very low tide at sunrise this morning, I couldn’t resist strapping on my head lamp to search for shells on the sand bars at Blind Pass Sanibel at 6:30 am this morning. I wasn’t the only one who couldn’t resist.

shelling with head lamp

Chikee and Maria from New Jersey were happy to they got out there early to find some of their favorite shells. That beautiful SHARKS EYE, WORMIE and the WHELKS in the first photo were Maria’s favorites.

chikee maria new jersey shelling sanibel

Look at all of the shells Sue found! The Sanibel Six with an ALPHABET CONE, KINGS CROWN CONCH, LACE MUREXES, TRUE TULIP, OLIVES and LIGHTNING WHELKS… and so many more.

shells found at dawn blind pass sanibel

 Sue (on the right) was with her friends Mary and Alissa who came all the way from California to Sanibel to shellebrate Sue’s birthday. Best birthday ever.

mary alissa sue calif shelling sanibel

Don and Vickie came down to Sanibel from Siesta Key, Florida to do some shelling to shellebrate too. You guessed it! It was Don’s birthday too. It was a birthday party on the sand bar!

don vicki siesta shelling visit sanibel

Phil and Kathy had some to shellebrate as well. Phil’s perfect ALPHABET CONE!

phil kathy mass cone shelling sanibel

Ruth knew she had a treasure when she found a plump and perfect PAPER FIG…

paper fig olive whelk murex sanibel

Even though it was in the low 60s this morning, Nancy, Ruth and Jim were still very happy to be in shorts instead of parkas in Maryland.

nancy ruth jim maryland visits sanibel florida

It was such a lovely morning!

UPDATE 12-17-13- disregard this next statement (starting with “FYI”). We just got news that the Sanibel side of blind pass will remain open.
But…. FYI- I just got word this afternoon that Blind Pass Sanibel parking lot might be closing soon for a few weeks. The beach renourishment project will be moving to the Sanibel side of Blind Pass soon to fill in some of the beach that has been eroded since Hurricane Sandy. “Both parking lots adjacent to Blind Pass will now likely be used by construction to finish beach project. So, expect no parking lot for next two weeks.” Ugh… This is the bad news I heard today from Mike of the Captiva Erosion Prevention District. Thanks for the update, Mike! For any other updates, go to

shelling at dawn

I’ve been asked countless times if I think shelling is best at day break. I always respond saying “the best time to shell is… any chance you can get to the beach”. But when the tide is really low like every day predicted this week (Tide Chart CLICK HERE), it’s a blast to get out in the morning with all of the other hard core shellers…. on any beach in Southwest Florida. It was so worth it to find these favorites of mine

pams favorite shells december 16

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Coastal Living Visits Sanibel AND Captiva For Christmas Boat Parade

Posted by on Dec 15, 2013 in Beach Holiday, Captiva, Captiva Cruises, Christmas, Coastal Living | 17 comments

coastal living pam rambo sanibel shells

Have you seen that Sanibel is featured in Coastal Living for their December 2013/January 2014 issue??? Did you notice those ALBINO shells in that orange bowl? Those are our shells on our front porch! Holy Cowrie! We made it into Coastal Living magazine! Coastal Living photographer David Hillegas came to our house to photograph our collection of local shells and my WORM SHELL mirror he heard about on the coconut shellegraph.

david hillegas photographs rambo's sanibel shells

He ended up spending THREE hours photographing our house, shells and our “shellaboratory” so needless to say Super Sheller Clark and I had an amazing day hanging out with him and watching him work his magic. Thank you, David, for such a memorable day!

david hillegas pam and clark rambo

Honestly, I had heard about the article about Sanibel in the magazine but it came out when we were vacationing on Cat Island, Bahamas. When we returned it was Thanksgiving with amazing shell frenzy at Blind Pass Captiva, then I was focused on decorating for the Golf Cart Parade during the Captiva Holiday Village festivities. But low and behold, last night at the fantabulous Captiva Lighted Boat Parade, I met one of the judges for the parade…. Susan Sutton of Coastal Living.

captiva boat parade 2013

Wow! So awesome to have Coastal Living involved in our boat parade judging on Captiva! She had a whole stack of Coastal Living magazines at the after party on Andy Rosse Lane so I flipped through it to see our shells made it into the issue AND saw this One Week Getaway to Captiva Island GIVEAWAY by Captiva Holiday Village. I’m so sorry I didn’t know about this sooner to tell you guys… but you have until the end of today December 15, 2013 to enter. Go to to enter today!

coastal living captiva holiday village giveaway

 The Captiva Christmas Boat Parade was crazy fun with lots of boats lighting up the Roosevelt Channel so I didn’t want you to miss it either so we could shellebrate together. Here’s a quick vid of the awesome decorations on the Captiva Cruises‘ boat with Captiva Island Yacht Club and the Let It Snow boat. Woo Hoo!

With so much fun for the holidays, I put together my hand painted Holiday Shellection in my new Art Gallery… Check it out!

Christmas sea shell pillow

Oh but wait… remember…. don’t forget to watch Xtreme Xmas on the Travel Channel tonight at 7pm (12-15-13). Our whacky Captiva Golf Cart Parade is featured. Y’all need to be here next year to see all of this in person!

Join me on our next Shelling Adventure January 3, 2014 CLICK HERE for more info…

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Happy Shell-a-Days!

Posted by on Dec 13, 2013 in Beach Holiday, Christmas | 22 comments

seashell christmas tree on red

The Sanibel holidays and turning into Shelladays!

sanibel junonia with 2 cone shells

Shellzam! Kirk (Ohio) and Cheryl combed the beach near Island Inn Resort at 4:30 am with his flashlight walking towards Bowman’s Beach… when Kirk found a JUNONIA! And he found two absolutely perfect ALPHABET CONES along the way too! They need to go play the lotto too because this was their very first time to Sanibel and their first time shelling. Newbie shellers! LOL Congratshellations to both of you!

Cheryl Kirk Cleveland finds junonia shell on sanibel

Blind Pass Sanibel has been bringing in the goods too on a nice sand bar jutting out to catch the shells…

sanibel beach of shells

Ready to shell that awesome pile of shells with me? Get your toes in the sand and feel the splash of that salt water on your face while we pick up some shells together in 72 degree weather. It’s just a little overcast but enjoy this beautiful day shelling with me on Sanibel Island…


FYI- December 12, 2013- The parking lot and beach on the CAPTIVA SIDE OF BLIND PASS is closed because of construction equipment but the SANIBEL SIDE PARKING LOT and beach is open (the last I saw) but it could change any moment if the beach renourishment equipment has to transfer to that parking lot. If you want to get updates on this beach project go to CEPD.

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