New Shelling Bags Help Sundial Guests Make the Most of Sanibel Island

DATE: January 29, 2016

With Sanibel Island known as the No. 1 Shelling Spot in North America, Sundial Beach Resort & Spa now provides its guests with a complimentary shelling bag to help them make the most of their stay.

These exclusive shelling bags were created specifically for Sundial guests to collect their treasures from the sea as they take advantage of the wonderful, world-class shelling on Sanibel Island. Each bag comes with a shelling identification card from the Bailey-Matthews Shelling Museum to help guests identify their finds. The bottom portion of each bag is mesh so that water can drain from the bag.

find out how you can get shelling bags during your next visit!

First-time guests may not be aware of Sanibel’s excellent reputation as the top shelling spot on this continent. The island’s unique east-west orientation acts as a scoop of sorts, catching shells as they drift along the floor of the Gulf. Prize shelling finds include the coveted Junonia, Lion’s Paw and Scotch Bonnet. More common finds include the colorful Calico Scallop, Kitten’s Paw and Fighting Conch.
As guests prepare to head to the beach and begin their shelling excursions, here are a few other reminders:

  • Live shelling is not permitted on Sanibel Island. This includes sea stars, hermit crab-inhabited shells and sand dollars, among others. Violators will be fined.
  • Sundial has a special shell-rinsing station on the west beach entrance off the main pool deck.

Those who want to learn more about shelling or their beach finds can visit Sanibel Sea School at Sundial to speak to marine educators. Think of it as having your own on-site shell expert! Children’s group classes and private sessions for all ages are also offered. Adults can learn more during a regularly scheduled Shell Walk program.

Guests will find one shelling bag waiting for them in their room after they check in. More are available for purchase for $8.99 plus tax at Activities.

The bags are already receiving rave reviews from our guests. The first guests to receive the exclusive Sundial shelling bag were a bride and groom who recently held their wedding here. The bride was a sheller who was very excited to receive an inaugural bag.

Just wanted to reach out and thank you again for the first Shelling bag and also for your personal  welcome and departure during our stay… We will be in touch soon; definitely want to see you all again in 2016, thanks again for everything.   – Reena and Matt

Our Sundial Team’s goal is for every guest to have an outstanding visit; we receive many notes and always appreciate hearing about our guest’s experiences.  We are proud to offer our resort guests an array of amenities and are thrilled to now be including an exclusive Sundial logo shelling bag to add to their special Sundial Beach Resort & Spa vacation.  It’s ‘shell-tastic’!

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