Early Morning Walk Down Tigertail Beach

Beautiful, Serene Tigertail Beach on Marco Island

Start Your Walk Early in the Morning

An early morning walk down Tigertail Beach, a 2 1/2 mile stretch of beautiful white sand is a great way to start the day! Walking early, especially in the hot weather season, is also more comfortable as the late morning and afternoon hours often become very hot.

Larry and I get up around 6:30 and start our walk around 7 am. We take along our water bottles, a snack, cameras, and shelling bags. Tigertail Beach offers a wide variety of shells and is a serene and peaceful environment. Its location is also along the Florida Great Birding trail.

It is always good to time your Tigertail beach walk around the tide chart. Timing your walk around the window of 2 hours before low tide and 2 hours after low tide offers the best shelling opportunities.

Shell Trees and Sand Dollars

One of Tigertail’s shelling trees is the first thing you will see on your walk. These trees offer one the perfect opportunity to hang your “shell print” on Marco Island. Find a shell with a little “hanging hole” in it and place it on the perfect spot on the tree for all to see! This is also a great place to get a beautiful picture of the shell tree with the ocean in the backdrop.

Sand Dollars Galore!

A little further along the beach walk, you will come to Sand Dollar Split, named for the many sand dollars that tend to wash up on this particular area of Tigertail Beach. We literally have to step around all the sand dollars on our walk. Sand Dollars are very fragile; however, with careful handling we collect them and bring them home for beautiful souvenirs of our trips to Marco Island. (We have instructions in Sea Mar Condo for cleaning and caring for your shells).

Tigertail Beach Lagoon

As you come along Tigertail Beach Lagoon, you will also notice several wading birds. The white egrets can be quite comical as they practically walk along the beach with you in their strutting fashion. Larry and I get very lucky on our walk and see a pink spoonbill (Roseate Spoonbill) in the lagoon area. This is one of my favorite birds on Marco Island, but it is not always easy to spot them.

Tigertail Beach Park and Wading Birds
Roseate Spoonbill in Tigertail Lagoon

Tigertail Lagoon is a nice place to paddleboard and it is not uncommon to see both paddleboards and kayaks in the lagoon. Many wading birds make their nests along the lagoon as well. At times during the year both least tern and black skimmers nest in large groups around the lagoon area.

To Wade or Walk Around Tigertail Lagoon?

Many beachgoers take the “short cut” and wade across Tigertail lagoon to reach the beautiful white sand beach on the other side. Although very safe as the water even during high tide is around waist high, the lagoon appears to be quite “murky” because of the silt in the bottom. Walking with a shuffle is also recommended as there are stingrays in the water at times. We also recommend wearing beach shoes. I much prefer leaving our condo and walking around the lagoon as I enjoy my beach walks over wading the lagoon waters.

A Serene and Calming Beach Walk in Early Morning

From the lagoon area, the early morning walk along Tigertail beach is peaceful, serene, and calming. You will not find a lot of other beachgoers because this is not a populated area. There are no hotels or other commercial establishments along this beach. Look to your right as you walk toward the north end of Tigertail and you will see very nice houses and a private beach area. This is the Hideaway Beach community, a private gated beach area, thus it is accessible only to residents.

Calming Blue Waters

As you continue your walk, be sure you keep an eye on the calming crystal blue waters. You may be rewarded with seeing dolphin or even a manatee. I have seen both in this area. It is also common to see lots of pelicans, osprey, and at times eagles. You will definitely be rewarded with a beauty that calms the soul. Did you know that Tigertail Beach has been named by “Coastal Living” magazine as “one of the top secret beaches in the world”?

Early Morning Walk Down Tigertail Beach
Tigertail’s Peaceful Waters
Early Morning Walk Down Tigertail Beach
The North Side of Tigertail Beach

Our Tigertail Bounty

Larry and I are rewarded with some very nice pictures, a also a lot of sand dollars (my fav), and Florida fighting conch shells (Larry’s fav) from our walk. We also get a very perfect large banded tulip along the walk as well. On our return we encounter an osprey on a tree branch that even poses for our picture taking! Our walk takes around 3 1/2 hours although we stopped for snacks, water, and picture taking along the way. Even though we have walked this part of the beach many times, it never gets old, and perhaps even more rewarding each time.

Start Your Day with Peace and Serenity

There are few places in this world where you can see this kind of beauty and experience the peace and serenity that this 2 1/2 mile stretch of Tigertail Beach offers. Tigertail Beach was named by Coastal Living Magazine as one of the top private beaches in the world to visit. Thus, we highly recommend an early morning walk down Tigertail Beach to start your day on Marco Island!

Early Morning Walk Down Tigertail Beach
Teresa on Tigertail beach

Sea Mar Condos are located between Tigertail Beach and South (Crescent)Beach in Marco Island, FL. In addition, we are in South Seas Northwest resort in Tower 3 and Tower 4. Our location makes it easy to visit both of these beautiful beaches while staying in first class accommodations. Our views are also some of the best on the island. Come relax in Paradise!

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Shelling on Marco Island-What You Need to Know

Types of Shells Marco Island

Shelling on Marco Island is for both the young and not so young visitors to this beautiful island. Your agenda upon arriving may not include shelling; however, it is highly probably you will leave Marco with shells.  The larger shells are beautiful additions to flower beds or along walks.  I have several glass containers of shells throughout my house (in my office, bedrooms and baths) to remind me of Marco Island all year round.

Marco Island has beautiful white sandy beaches with many treasures for those who enjoy shelling. Sea Mar Condo provides shelling baskets. We also have a shelling book on the coffee table to help you identify your shells.

Shelling Book

Shelling is a wonderful experience on Marco Island and you can make your shelling expedition more enjoyable and rewarding by being prepared before you go.

Our Shelling To Do List

Here are several things to make your shelling experience more rewarding:

1) Check the tides. Low tide is the best time to shell because more shells will be exposed as the water recedes. However, if you plan on walking across an inlet to a sand bar, start early. Give yourself enough time to return before high tide.
2) Wear comfortable shoes and plenty of suntan lotion. Blisters and sunburn are no fun.
3) Take along one of our shelling baskets and perhaps a small plastic bag to put your shells in.
4) Do not take live shells from the beach.
5) Clean your shells outside at the shelling station (outside the gate as you come from the beach area). Cleaning shells inside will clog water pipes with sand which can be very expensive to repair.
6) After washing shells, place them in a mixture of half Clorox and half water for several hours. We have a bucket in the condo which you may use – please do this on the balcony area.
7) Clean small colorful shells with rubbing alcohol. This will bring out the color in the shells, where bleach may fade the colors.
8) Starfish are fragile – use alcohol to cure them and let them dry in the sun.
9) Bleach Sand dollars in half Clorox and half water for several hours. Rinse them thoroughly after bleaching and allow them to dry completely in the sun. Once they are dry, use a mixture of Elmer’s Glue diluted with water to whiten them and protect them.
10) Both Starfish and Sand dollars are fragile. They need to be wrapped in paper towels and packed in plastic containers for transporting them home.
11) Use our shell book located on our coffee table in Sea Mar Condo to identify all your shells. Impress your friends with your knowledge!

It is Illegal to Take Live Shells

Marco Island, and especially the Tigertail Beach area of Sand Dollar Island are great places to find colorful, unique, and even rare shells.  However, do not take shells that are live from the beach – this is illegal.

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Marco Island: Looking for Rare Sea Shells

Rare SEa Shells West Indies Conch

Looking for rare sea shells?

Marco Island is the perfect place for looking for rare sea shells for your collection! Recently Marco Island’s “Shell Lady” found a very rare West Indies Conch on the beach just north of Crystal Shores.

Along with its neighboring islands Sanibel and Captiva, Marco Island is considered of one of top U.S., if not world, destinations for shell collecting. These barrier islands have geography to thank for this honor and their good fortune. The islands ideal location in the Gulf of Mexico makes them a giant depository of shells.  Currents bring the shells north, flowing all the way from the Caribbean.

Most of our guests at Sea Mar Condo spend time on the long stretches of beach enjoying the sun, sea, and hunting for rare sea shells to add to their collection.  And what seashells there are! You can spend hours walking the surf and collecting shells of the most amazing shapes, sizes and colors. Some beaches, such as Tigertail Beach, showcase examples and information on the most commonly found shells in their area.

Types of Shells found on Marco Island
Some of the Many Variety of Shells Found on Marco Island

It is important to make sure you take only the shells that are not alive. Shells are a very important part of the island’s ecosystem.  Florida law prohibits live shelling.

Plan your shelling times for 2 hours before low tide – 2 hours after low tide.  These are the best times for shelling because more shells get exposed with low tides.  Also, the best shelling often happens after rain/storms push up shells onto the beach.

We provide shelling buckets for our guests at Sea Mar Condo.  A shell washing station is located on the boardwalk from the beach into the pool area of South Seas. DO NOT wash the shells in the condo as this deposits sand in our drains and can cause damage that is very expensive to repair.

Make sure you have protective shoes for walking on the beach — those shells can be sharp!

After collecting your shells and washing them at the shelling station, use a 50-50 bleach-water solution to kill any bacteria and parts of creatures that might still be present in the shells, even when they appear dead or “empty.” It is best to use one of the buckets that are in the condo and put the shells out on the balcony overnight to soak. This prevents a “stinky” unpacking once you get home.

Be careful how you pack your shells, even if you plan to carry them on the airplane with you, as many, such as sand dollars, are very fragile. Lots of padding and, if possible, wrapping them individually (at least the larger ones) is a good idea.

Once home, lightly oil the shells using baby or mineral oil and a soft cloth before you proudly display your beautiful shells.

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