Three Bags Full

Three Bags Full

Margaret and Pattie filled three bags full of shells. Their glass is always half full. Margaret and Pattie are always full of good energy. We spent the first half of the trip on a newly formed sandbar in the Gulf of Mexico. It was a blast and full of many shells – worm shells, tulips, horse conchs, fighting conchs and more worm shells. It was a great experience with two experienced beachcombers. Next we traveled to a beach empty of people but full of shells. Margaret was in heaven!  She loves finding the unique creatures from the sea as well as the shells. Pattie is also a great collector of beach items. She has a good eye for just what she wants. It was a wonderful trip with two fellow beachcombers.  I look forward to our next time on the beach exploring. Thank you Margaret and Pattie!
Capt. Brian
Brian Holaway

I have been a Shelling Guide to Cayo Costa State Park since 1995. Many people know me as the Shelling Guide and Captain with Captiva Cruises over the past 20 years. In 2016 I began solely offering private small boat charters to the islands of Pine Island Sound including Cayo Costa State Park, Cabbage Key, Useppa Island, Pine Island and North Captiva. I am a certified Florida Master Naturalist, licensed USCG Captain, avocational photographer, seashell enthusiast and passionate about the history, people and culture of Southwest Florida, especially Cayo Costa. I volunteer as a member of Friends of Cayo Costa State Park and have great respect for the heritage of Cayo Costa. My goal is to provide guests with an overall experience and appreciation for the waters, islands, shells, plants, marine life, wildlife, history and people of this unique area of Southwest Florida.

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  • AntKaybe
    Posted at 11:06h, 13 February

    I found my 1st arrowhead sand dollar on Cayo about 15 years ago. The ladies did well.

  • Margaret
    Posted at 07:52h, 14 February

    Thanks Capt. Brian for another wonderful trip. Patti and I had a fantastic time. For anyone debating about taking a trip with Capt. Brian book that trip. This was my 3rd time going out with Capt. Brian. He can take you to many different locations. My husband and I went to go shelling and a photo shoot. The photo opportunities are boundless. Brian's wealth of knowledge in not only shelling but the history of the island makes for a memorable trip. I have never been disappointed and neither will you. Looking forward to my next trip.Hope it will be soon!! Margaret