This month’s tour took us to yet another beach we hadn’t visited yet – Tigertail Beach in Marco Island, Florida, located at 400 Hernando Drive.
It was hot when we got to TTB – around 90 degrees. We didn’t realize that the walk to the beach itself would be an adventure of its own. It is $8 to park for the entire day and there are three parking lots to choose from. The Queen and I went to the one furthest South.
Upon leaving the parking lot, there is a pathway that stretches down to a T in the road. To the right (pictured above), there is a shallow lagoon. You can walk/wade across the lagoon in a specific spot to take you to the North part of TTB. We decided to go to the left.
I cannot emphasize this enough – that is a LONG walk.
Remember how I’ve said in the past how much I despise the long walk at Bowman’s Beach? Yeah, well multiply this one by two.
Once you get to the end of the line shown in the picture above, you’re halfway to the beach. In total, it’s about a 10 minute walk.
Now I’m not complaining, really. We’re both in pretty decent shape. But it was 90 degrees outside and we were loaded with our essentials. By the time we got to the shore, we were both huffin’ and puffin’. But once we set up shop, it was on.
It is a gorgeous beach without question. The sand is white and sugary, the water was warm (not as clear as I’d hoped) and the view was amazing. Were it not for the blazing heat and lack of breeze, I imagine we’d have stayed the entire day.
So as always, I immediately grabbed the scoop and hit the shore. That’s where the fun began.
Within two minutes, I had reached in and grabbed this fantastic Top Shell. We hadn’t found many Top Shells on Sanibel in the past, so I was stoked when I found this one. I had no idea my hand would look like this within the hour:
The Tops were rolling in and I mean that quite literally. After a while, I’d trained my eye to see and catch them – and we caught a bunch! We also found many Olives, Lightning Whelks, mini Horse Conchs (the Queen calls them “Pony Conchs”), Bubbles…you name it. Unbeknownst to us, it’s also a popular spot to find the Sunray Venus. We found quite a few, along with this Coffee Melampus – which we’d only found one before on last month’s FBRT:
After shelling for an hour and a half, we decided to walk North and explore, where we found this Polka Dot Batfish who had met his demise.
That’s a creepy lookin’ fish.
Despite the long walk to the beach, this is one that immediately shot to the top of my favorite beach list. No doubt the Queen and I will return soon. It is certainly a shelling hot spot.
So we recommend you make the trip to Marco Island and stop at Tigertail Beach for the day. You’ll love the sand, you’ll love the view and you’ll certainly love the shells.