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Sea Glass Special! Wellington, New Zealand

Posted by Jody on November 21, 2015

It was a dark and stormy day… another absolutely perfect day at the beach for Greg and me! Oriental Bay Beach is Wellington, New Zealand’s most popular beach. And we had it all to ourselves! I’m guessing that was because of the weather (which pretty much only matters to us if there are lightning bolts involved).

Here’s a peek at what ended up to be a wonderful afternoon of sea glass hunting on Wellington’s beautiful inner harbor strand:


When I am asked, I often tell people that we have found the best sea glass beaches close to the older, often rowdy-ish, local bar scene districts. I wonder what the story of Oriental Bay is to have so much sea glass deposited on this stretch of beach. This sandy shoreline is probably one of the top three sea glass beaches we have ever come across!

It certainly was a perfect day at the beach for these two Beach Treasure Hunters!

Do you have an amazing beach for sea glass hunting? We’d sure love to hear about it!



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Honoring Veteran’s Day

Posted by Jody on November 11, 2015

Crown Memorial State Beach, Alameda, California

Crown Memorial State Beach, Alameda, California

Honoring Our Veterans

Honoring Our Veterans

In Memory (Naval Air Station Alameda)

In Memory (Naval Air Station Alameda)

Thank you for your service, veterans!  Here’s hoping you can take some time today to relax on a beach ^_^.  You’ve earned it- From The Beach Treasures and Treasure Beaches Team (including Greg, who happens to be a U.S. Navy veteran)

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Posted by Jody on October 23, 2015

Tijuana Slough Beach

Tijuana Slough Beach

A Closer Look

A Closer Look



Such a shame.


This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge theme is “Careful.”


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Picture Perfect October Day at Coronado Beach

Posted by Jody on October 23, 2015

Running is a Popular Activity on Coronado's Central Beach

Running is a Popular Activity on Coronado’s Central Beach

If you’re a beach lover visiting the San Diego area, Coronado Beach certainly needs to be on your “to-do” list! Better yet, make Coronado your destination and have San Diego be the extra thing “to-do.” Coronado Central Beach is one of the most spectacularly wide stretches of soft golden sand we’ve ever visited. It’s definitely worth the trip. And that trip gets even better if you take the 15-minute Coronado Ferry ride across the bay from San Diego’s Broadway Pier.

Coronado’s pristine Central Beach lies along Ocean Boulevard where you just might find free parking – if you don’t choose the ferry ride. You’ll have to be an early bird (or just really, really lucky) to get a nearby parking spot on the weekend. Public restrooms are available and helpful, friendly lifeguards are on duty into the evening hours.

Picture Perfect October Day

Picture Perfect October Day

Coronado's Beach Chair Program

Coronado’s Beach Chair Program

Beach accessible wheelchairs are available to the public, free of charge, at the Central Beach Lifeguard Tower.

Blue Skies and Perfect Temps

Blue Skies and Perfect Temps

Looking West from The Hotel Del

Looking West from The Hotel Del

The Sandcastle Man Was Here!

The Sandcastle Man Was Here!

The Perfect Day on Coronado's Beach

The Perfect Day on Coronado’s Beach

Coronado Beach is a great family beach. Even Fido is welcome at the far north end of the strand.

October Sky

October Sky

The Hotel del Coronado

The Hotel del Coronado

Coronado's Wide Beach

Coronado’s Glorious Wide Sand Beach

It’s no wonder Dr. Beach proclaimed Coronado Beach “America’s Best Beach” in 2012!

Beach Treasures

Beach Treasures

We joined a few folks who were busy tide pooling at the riprap in front of “The Del” during low tide. Little bitty sand dollars were the prized beach treasures on this absolutely gorgeous October day.

~~~ Have a great day at the beach! ~~~

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Hit Popular Lakes this Summer with a Metal Detector

Posted by E.G.D. on September 3, 2015

While we are only about halfway through the summer, many people consider the summer over after Labor Day.  Either way, time is of the essence!  Go find yourself a beach while the weather is balmy, ladies and gentlemen, and while you’re in the planning phase, you can read this guest article by Daniel Bernzweig!  Happy last-holiday-weekend-of-summer, everyone- E.G.D.

Photo from Photopin

Walkway Lake Michigan by Daniel Marchese from Photopin

Hit Popular Lakes this Summer with a Metal Detector by guest blogger Daniel Bernzweig

Summertime is the perfect time for treasure hunting in the water. Shallow water hunting with a metal detector is a hobby anyone can enjoy—especially the outdoorsy types. For people who are not snorkelers or divers, shallow water treasure hunting is the perfect option. And while many states are landlocked, every state but Maryland has natural freshwater lakes. The folks in Maryland are lucky enough to be ocean side, so they can detect along busy beaches and the Atlantic shoreline. For hobbyists near the lake, popular boating & swimming areas are the places to hunt with an underwater metal detector.

Inland Islands and Sandbars are ‘Treasure Zones’

One tip water detectorists offer is to search the sandbars of popular lakes. This is where boats drop anchor so people can swim in warmer, more shallow water. Sandbars are also hotspots for boaters to tie lines together and anchor for social gatherings. Muscamoot Bay in Lake St. Clair, Michigan is one such area where boaters try to set records every year with a “Raft Off.” Small islands are also known for their social festivities. Put In Bay, Ohio is known as one of “America’s 10 Best Party Islands,” as well as a top freshwater island vacation spot. Holiday weekends and warmer weather can bring thousands of partying boaters to these destinations. The boaters are slicked up with suntan lotion, jumping into the water and engaging in festivities, games and activities. This inevitably leads to coins and jewelry falling off and getting lost in the water. A prime opportunity for water treasure hunters!

Underwater Pinpointing and Treasure Recovery

Before you dip your machine into water, be sure to check that it is a waterproof  model. Some models, like the Garrett Ace 250, are only waterproof up to the control box. Its fine to get the coil and stem wet, but submerging the control box would be bad news.

Locating and retrieving targets in the water can be a challenge until you get some good practice in. A good technique is to use the pinpoint mode on your detector. Hold the button and find the strongest signal, then slowly pull the coil  towards you until the signal drops off. That will tell you the target is just off  the front edge of your search coil. Once you have pinpointing your target, you’ll need your sand scoop. Slowly push down on the scoop handle so it is prying the sand up. Make sure the scoop’s contents don’t come coming flyinur foot to support the scoop until you get it out of the water. Scan the hole; if the object is still in the holg out of the scoop. For deeper water, you can use yoe, dump the scoop underwater and get another scoop full. Rescan the area once you have located a target. Coin spills are very common in the water, so other coins may come right up with your next scoops of sand.

Required Equipment: Waterproof VLF metal detector. Short or long-handled scoop.

Very Low Frequency (VLF) Metal Detectors are the preferred models for freshwater hunting. They typically operate in the 3 to 30 kHz frequency range and they are motion detectors. They are highly capable of locating coins, relics, and jewelry. Waterproof VLF detectors can be used in fresh or salt water when beach metal detecting. However, they are known to react to salt and can become erratic around wet ocean sand.

Which Metal Detectors are Best for Freshwater Hunting?

Beach and underwater treasure hunters have strong preferences for specific underwater metal detectors. Experienced treasure hunters like the Garrett AT Pro model. This unit is often praised for its superb discrimination in fresh and salt water. Tesoro also gets high marks for the Tiger Shark. Hobbyists who are hooked on Fisher detectors tout the Fisher CZ-21 for use at both salt and freshwater beaches.


About the author: Daniel Bernzweig manages in Southborough, MA. He has written on the subject of treasure hunting and metal detecting since the mid 1980’s. He enjoys traveling with his metal detector and helping to educate others in the correct use of metal detectors in their explorations.

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♫ “So Many Colors in the Morning Sun” ♪

Posted by Jody on July 13, 2015

Pastel Clouds at Sunrise, Orange Beach, Alabama

Pastel Clouds at Sunrise, Orange Beach, Alabama

“There are so many colors in the rainbow
So many colors in the morning sun
So many colors in the flower and I see every one”

 ~Harry Chapin, Flowers Are Red 


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Toes in the Sand and Lights on the Water: Sylvan Beach Fireworks

Posted by E.G.D. on July 6, 2015

Some of you regular readers out there are probably a little Sylvan Beach-ed out by now, but I just keep having more to say about it!  For one, I’m there every chance I get, and for another, many of La Porte’s awesome community events take place there.  The one I’m featuring in this article is the yearly 4th of July fireworks at the beach, which are truly spectacular because they’re fired from the end of the fishing pier and the lights shine twice: once in the sky, once on the water.  Even better, for about half an hour before our fireworks started, I could see the Baytown and Seabrook community fireworks displays, which also shone on the water, though a little farther away to the north and south respectively.

Now, once upon a time I could see fireworks displays over the Pacific Ocean any weekend I felt like walking or catching a bus to Waikiki, so you’d think I might lose my fascination for this sort of thing, but that most certainly isn’t the case.  There really is nothing more enchanting than seeing fireworks over the water with my toes in the soft sand and the waves lapping at my ankles, and the charm increases exponentially with the brevity of the walk it takes to get me there (in this case, it’s 7 minutes, so I am still exuding glee 24 hours later).  I got a couple decent little videos with my cell, and I thought it would be fun to share them with the wonderful Beach Treasures and Treasure Beaches crowd.  Here’s the clip with the finale:

Even in low-resolution, it’s pretty spiffy, and it’s amazing the video turned out so well, considering I paid absolutely no attention to the camera while I was watching that.  I’m already looking forward to next year’s event!  I quite literally extended invitations to the event to  my family already, even though none of them know where they’re going to be next July.  In any case, the event is worth sharing, so I hope they can all make it.

I hope you all had a great Independence Day, and hey, it’s summer!  If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, go find yourself a beach- E.G.D.

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Greetings from Long Island New York!

Posted by Jody on July 3, 2015

Today’s Featured Guest Writer is native New Yorker Maggie Soukeras.

Greetings from Long Island New York!

Summer is upon us and its time for pools, bbq’s and the beach!

After the long and cold winter it has been great to be able to get outside – take long walks on the beach and start collecting shells again!

A favorite pass time of mine from childhood and into middle age – collecting shells has been both relaxing and exciting at the same time.  It is like a treasure hunt that can bring you into an almost Zen like state during the search!

Point Lookout Beach, Long Island, New York. Photo by Maggie Soukeras

Point Lookout Beach, Long Island, New York. Photo by Maggie Soukeras

My long time haunts have been on the beaches of Long Island.  As a Pisces I could not imagine growing up anywhere but near the Ocean.  Point Lookout and Long Beach were always the places that I have visited and you can find some great shells.  Sometimes it is easy and sometimes requires a little work! This fall I found a sand dollar for the first time ever on a Long Island Beach!

Point Lookout Beach Treasures. Photo by Maggie Soukeras

Point Lookout Beach Treasures. Check out Maggies sand dollar find! Photo by Maggie Soukeras

I have also had success on Shelter Island.  It has been a while since I have been there but we found some great stuff kayaking out to this little island with an abandoned home.

If you like rocks – the north shore of the island is rockier than the south shore.  Head out east – visit the beaches, farms stands, and plethora of wineries!

Off Long Island, my favorite hunting spots have been on Eagle Beach in Aruba, Bermuda, St.Barts,  Barbados (Maxwell Beach) and Florida!   My dream is to make it to Sanibel Island, though I fear I may need to bring an extra bag for all of the shells I imagine I would find there!

Eagle Beach on Aruba. Photo by Maggie Soukeras

Eagle Beach on Aruba. Photo by Maggie Soukeras

To all of the happy shellers out there – keep looking – you are never too old or young to go hunting for shells!

Enjoy the summer!


About the Author: Maggie Soukeras is a native New Yorker living on Long Island with her husband Dean and their three cats Patsy, Loretta and Dolly.  Growing up on an island and being a Pisces, she always loved the ocean and collecting shells, one of her favorite hobbies!  When she is not collecting shells, Maggie teaches yoga and manages a yoga studio in Oyster Bay. She has worked with children and adults of all ages and abilities.  Maggie enjoys sharing her love of yoga with others, reading a good book, and long walks on the beach with her husband.  

A note from our Treasure Hunters:

We simply love to share when it comes to beaches, treasure hunting, beachcombing crafts, and beachy tips. How about you? Do you have a favorite beach you’d like to share with us? Maybe you have some great tips for beach picnics, seaside safety, or seashore activities. Please check out our Submission Guidelines for info on jumping into the fun at Beach Treasures and Treasure Beaches.  You may be our next Featured Guest Writer!

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I Don’t Always Snorkel but When I Do, I Look for Shells

Posted by Jody on July 3, 2015

Today’s Featured Guest Writer is Ken Muise, an active-duty soldier stationed on the beautiful island of Oahu.

This is one of my favorite topics to talk about when it comes to going to the beach and, in particular, snorkeling.  I will never understand how people can get bored at the beach.  You can do so many things and there’s a great opportunity for some alone time, too.  You can read, tan, nap, build sand castles, dig holes, swim, sit in 6 inches of water and just…sit.

Makaha Beach Park, Photo Contributed by Ken Muse

Makaha Beach Park, Photo Contributed by Ken Muise

Personally, my favorite past time at the beach is snorkeling.  I can’t get enough of it.  To be honest, I don’t feel 100% complete when I’m in water anymore without a mask and snorkel.  My kids are some of those people who “get tired of the beach” after about an hour…an hour and a half at tops.  I don’t understand it.  “Take your mask and snorkel and go in the water and look around.” I tell them.  Depending on the beach we’re at, they usually come back with something like, “But there’s no coral here.  There won’t be anything to see.”

Nothing to see?!  OMG…it’s the ocean.  Anything you see below the surface is new and exciting.

Sea Urchin, Photo contributed by Ken Muse

Sea Urchin Photo contributed by Ken Muise

One of my favorite things to do when I’m at a beach with little coral is to hunt for sea shells.  My favorite spot to do this:  Makaha Beach, West Oahu.

Now, don’t get me wrong.  Makaha is known as the turtle cleaning station, but it requires about a 100 yard swim out to the sweet spot.  There is plenty to see out there; fish, coral and turtles. I don’t always want to do that, though.  Instead, right at the shoreline in about 3 to 4 feet of water, is a gentle break where all sorts of rock, coral, and sea shells gather.

Keep in mind, that during the winter months on Oahu, Makaha Beach Park is known for some good surfing and you shouldn’t snorkel anywhere where this a  large surf.  Always take notice of the beach and surf warning signs and gauge the situation against your abilities.

I have found a large piece of my sea shell collection while snorkeling in that gentle break at Makaha Beach Park.  Plenty of shiny, cowry shells and even sunrise seashell are the favorite pieces of discovery at Makaha.

Besides that, Makaha Beach Park is one of my favorite “sit down and chill” beaches on Oahu.  The space is wide open with hardly enough people to call a group, let alone a “crowd”.   I always find parking and there are restrooms and showers across the street.

Ken Muse, Our Featured Guest Writer

Ken Muise, Our Featured Guest Writer

About the Author:  Ken Muise is an active-duty soldier stationed on Oahu.  He owns and runs a snorkel gear review site as well as a move to Hawaii blog.  When Ken isn’t working he is usually snorkeling or upset when he can’t go snorkeling.  Much to the chagrin of those around him, Ken calls himself a “world class snorkeler” and believes he does it better than most.

A note from our Treasure Hunters: On this Independence Day weekend we would like to express our gratitude to men and women who serve, and have served, our country.  

In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.”  ~Franklin D. Roosevelt


A note from our Treasure Hunters:

We simply love to share when it comes to beaches, treasure hunting, beachcombing crafts, and beachy tips. How about you? Do you have a favorite beach you’d like to share with us? Maybe you have some great tips for beach picnics, seaside safety, or seashore activities. Please check out our Submission Guidelines for info on jumping into the fun at Beach Treasures and Treasure Beaches.  You may be our next Featured Guest Writer!

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Thanks Dad!

Posted by Jody on June 16, 2015

“Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention…”

         ~ Rachel Naomi Remen 

Thanks Dad!

Thanks Dad!


Happy Father’s Day!


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