Where did you park at the Point of Rocks and how did you get to that location? We were in Siesta Key 2 years ago and could only access the side of the rocks where that house is on the point. Didn't find any good shells there. We are going in June and I hope to find a lot of nice shells to fill a lamp.
Thanks for any advice you can share.
I just noticed TripAdvisor user Taylor A. gave a great answer to this question over a year ago. I googled it and Taylor A. is correct. Beach Access 12 is directly across from "Old Stickney Point Road." Turn left on to Midnight Pass Road from Stickney Point Road then almost immediately turn right into an alley on the right. Here is Taylor A.'s answer:
There is great snorkeling. The best days are full of a bright sun with no surf..of course. If the wind is minimal causing no swells, this area is a true hidden gem with a snorkel, mask and fins. There's also great shelling too on the walk there!
There is a small, one side parking lot that has very limited parking. If you park here, and walk out to the beach you will need to go left and follow the surfline to a large seawall. Typically you will find people fishing and playing on the wall. You have to hop and walk on the seawall (or tread water and follow wall) to get to point of rocks.
To get to the parking, once you go over the stickney point bridge, you go left and about the second right there is a small alley where you can park adjacent to a long pink wall. There is no gate, or access fee. At the end of the one sided parking lot is a turn around area, try not to back out of the lot as it is not allowed.
We rent a house at Aloha Kai so we are about in the middle of the beach and we just walk to it. I'm assuming there is a place to park down there somewhere on that end since they have an access spot. If not straight across from when you come across the bridge there is a little parking lot just to the left that holds maybe 10 cars and you can get to the beach and rocks from there. Actually in that area of the beach it is the best place to find shells the rocks are hit and miss.
We stayed at Tropical Beach Resorts and so had a reserved parking spot a short walk from the beach. I don't know of any public parking near Point of the Rocks. You could try driving down to Turtle Beach, parking in the state park then walking North, up the beach past the homes . . . I don't know; it's worth a try.
The big parking lot for Siesta Beach is a long, long stroll down the beach from Point of the Rocks, but in that long stroll if you don't find shells you aren't getting your feet wet. There wasn't a walk to the beach where we didn't come back with a few shells. Right at Siesta Beach a local showed us where to find sand dollars, he and his family could spot them, we could not. They gladly shared theirs. On our first shelling excursion in the evening of our arrival, we found only a few shells but fellow beach goers shared their bounty. By the end of the trip we were picking up pretty shells and handing them to beach-goers afraid to walk ankle deep in the water. Watch out for hermit crabs; there was more than one shell we carefully returned to the beach because it was occupied!
First the entire Crescent Beach from end to end is full of shells - all the way to and past the public beach. Park wherever you parked before and walk around the house - walk on the wall and the rocks. Time the tide right for low tide for more shells being visible. The homeowner doesn't mind you walking on the seawall surrounding the house. You might have to go into the water shin deep for just a little bit of the walk around the point.
Parking can be tricky. We stay at a condo near there with beach access to Crescent Beach. You walk south on the beach until you come to the wall with the house. You can always part at Siesta Key public beach and walk south but it is a couple of miles. Plan this for low tide and you can wade in just a little water around the wall. Just don't stay too long as the tide will come back in. Shelling is better at low tide anyway.
For shells you should also drive south on 41 to North Jetty Park on Casey Key,Nokomis Beach, and Caspersen Beach just south of Venice Airport. A little drive but plenty of parking parking, bathrooms, concessions are available at each. These beaches are also the best for finding shark teeth.
Hi Carrie, I walked through the passage way by the house you were talking about. I found some lovely shells for my daughters fish tank, lots of different shapes and colours. The shells started by the rocks and we found some nice ones as we walked further up the beach. I found if I went really early I had the pick rather than later on when the best had been taken.... Hope this helps and good luck with your shell findings. Tony UK.... PS Parking I stopped st one of the condos so it was a short walk to the passage way
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