Collecting shells has been an obsession of mine since I was in my 20's. Back in those days, I'd visit my aunt in South Padre Island, Texas. We'd get up early early (before 6 a.m.) and hit the beach to grab the olives and assorted shells as they rolled in on the waves. Then we'd head to the restaurant at the jetty afterwards to have breakfast.
I didn't discover sea glass until we stayed on the Caribe side of Isla Mujeres in 2004. Now that's my new obsession! And one of the pluses of collecting these souvenirs is that they're free! Well . . . I guess you have to count the price of the airfare and room? Ha! Here's some of my bootie from our latest trip to Isla Mujeres.
Some shells (the conchs were discarded by local fishermen).
Some unusual sea glass pieces (tops of bottles).
Glass and shells from the May trip.
The beach beyond this wall is a great place to pick up eroded conchs and glass!
The 'take' from a short afternoon walk on this beach.