If you visit Marco Island, the main attraction is the beach, so plan to spend time there. The beaches are bright white and have lots of shells, as well as gentle but sometimes large waves. If it is before a storm the waves will be bigger and more fun.
Also, ther is a sandbar which runs parallel to the beach about 100yds out, which you can walk to fairly easlily. You can tell aproximately where it is by the waves crashing over it. It dosesn't reach the surface, but the water is about 3 ft or shallower.
Before taking live shells, consider the cleaning process and the fact that it is prohibited in some areas. If you do not have access to a cooking facility, it is best to leave live shells behind.
Sand dollars should be bleached in half clorox and water for several hours.
Some people prefer to dry them in the sun for a week before bleaching them. Either method works. Rinse them thoroughly after bleaching, and allow them to dry completely in the sun. If they are not white enough for your project, paint them with a white acrylic paint before hardening them with sand dollar hardener or Elmer's Glue which has been diluted with water. Sand dollars are fragile and should not be left in Clorox for extended periods, because they will crumble when handled if left too long in bleach.
To clean the shells outside, put them in Clorox for a short time. Large shells such as the horse conch may take an overnight soak to completely clean.
Barnacles should then be chipped off with an old kitchen knife and the shell may need to be soaked again.
Glaze is used to protect the color and preserve the shell, but it is never used on a specimen shell. When using shells for craft items, make the item before spraying the shells with glaze.
Southwest Florida (Naples/Bonita Springs/Marco Island ) is home to a beautiful tropical climate with sunny skies, soft breezes and an occasional afternoon shower.
It has also been called the "Lightning Capital of the World" during summer months. Its amazing, get your cam ready because its an expectacular show.....
High temperatures range from the
mid 70s in January – February to the lower 90’s during the summer months.
Most of the region’s rainfall also occurs during the Summer months.
Favorite thing: I lived there for one year. Is a little Island. In there you can find a lot of people of other parts of the USA or even of the word that live there for rest.