I always feel like I’m on vacation when I’m at South Seas Island Resort on Captiva. It’s only a 25 minute drive for me to get there but once I’m there I get a little giddy, then I relax, soak up every single gorgeous view…then of course hit the beach. Last night, my friend Diane and I combed Sunset Beach up to the north point by the jetty rocks at Redfish Pass to find a nice variety of shells. I found a piece of JUNONIA again (I found a nice piece in January too- click here) and I was tickled to find a nice NUTMEG. I always seem to find OLIVES, FLATS and TURBANS when I am there but the last few times I’ve been there, I’ve found the really orange TURBANS. Love them!
There were shells at the edge of the surf but we found shells mostly high on the beach…
…Just like Jimmy and Joey from Chicago.
Their sister Sophia pulled a baby FIGHTING CONCH out of her shell bag to show us the shell she found especially for her gramma. Sweet! She will love it, Sophia!
We made it to the end of the island just in time to catch the sunset over a pile of shells.
We had to look up every few minutes because it was too much fun to pick through the pile of shells.
Sunset over paradise.
I did find something rare last night. A rare photo- heeheehee. Diane snuck a photo of me doing the Sanibel Stoop… well actually, the Captiva Crouch. LOL I’m the one who is normally taking the “Stoop” photos so it was funny for me to see this one. :) Sweet Di.
Even Miss PELICAN stayed for a while with us to enjoy the calm, colorful evening.
Not a bad girls night out.
Such gorgeous images!!!
I envy you sooooo much to live where you love and doing what you love. When I grow up I want to be you
My favorite place on earth! I’ll be there in a month and can’t wait!
Everything everybody else said :) My Favorite Place and Perfect Girls Day/Night !
Were you able to actually go into South Seas resort or do you park at the pubic lot and walk down the beach on the gulf side to the northern end?
Kim, I am very fortunate to have connections at South Seas so I can drive on the property instead of walking all the way down. Alison Hagerup parking lot is the closest public parking. If u park there u can hang a right on the beach and walk a little ways to find sand dollars too
thanks so much for that info. We have been to South Seas but only for dinner and/or the Dolphin Cruise. Glad to know how to get to the beach!
Don’t forget to go to the new Doc Ford’s restaurant south your way….it’s great!
Oh Pam, lucky you!!
Beautiful pictures !
We were lucky enough to stay there for 2 weeks last summer and it was SOO hard to pull me away from that very spot you were at — I’d do my shelling and then I wouldn’t want to leave due to the inevitable sunset that was going to cast a gorgeous glow across the sky. Several times while shelling in the water (on the Red Fish Pass side of the jetty) a manatee would slowly swim by very close to shore, sometimes almost coming closer to see me on purpose. It is a piece of heaven no doubt! Fingers crosses we can visit again this year to make it 3 yrs in a row- personally I never want to leave!
Kelly, Its a very special place for me too since thats where Clark and I used to stay before we moved here. Piece of heaven for sure.:)
Goodness gracious !!
The DREAMSICLE ORANGE PASTEL….
of the turban, and then again, captured in the sunset sky !!
Pam your photos are gorgeous :)
You can tell Diane is a true friend. She took the “Captiva crouch” photo from the flattering side view rather than head on ( or should that be “bum” on) angle
I always love your sunset pictures, but I especially love the pelican on the pole-would be great for a calendar. Love also the orange chestnut turban. Have fun shelling. Pat
Beautiful photos – you always capture gorgeous shots of beach life! Thanks for sharing :)
How nice! I love the turban. That’s a really pretty one!
Well, over here yonder on the east coast, I found three pairs of sunglasses to add to my collection of 20 ….. Also a dead (but beautiful) Hawksbill sea turtle was found in the seaweed line to which I took to the local Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Facility, Gumbo Limbo, (where they will determine the cause of death).
Beautiful photos, Pam! And those daring little shellers have great shell bags with their names! Does anyone know where to get them?
i took a picture of the those bags because they were so darn cute- they are from onestepahead.com
That is the perfect way to spend a girls night out! Just perfect!!!
AAAhhhh! Beautiful as always, Pam! I so cannot wait to be there this June! My family and I are taking a day trip to Sanibel/Captiva on our way to Manasota key and we plan to make the best of it. In order for us to get the best possible shelling in, we have done some serious planning. I drew a map of the two islands and highlighted the best shelling beaches in orange. At least, the beaches where the people in your posts have had the best luck! When we get the tide charts, we’ll be able to plan our shelling better but for now, this is what we have down: Lighthouse Beach at first lowest tide, blind pass and bowman’s beach at second lowest tides, and tarpon and gulf side city beach at third lowest tides. Would you make any changes?
Wow! You do why I do before a shelling vacation- I do all of my own research and pick the best choices for how we like to shell and enjoy the whole vacation. Looks like you are ready! Maybe I’ll run into you on the beach