You can only get to Sand Dollar Island by ferry, so we headed down to the docks to catch a ride over.
It is actually more of a giant sand bar then an island, and it is only accessible during low tide because it can get completely submerged during high tide!
The ferry drops you off on this deserted island and comes back about two hours later, after you've had plenty of time to scour the waters for Sand Dollar treasure.
The water surrounding the island isn't very deep. Here I was kneeling on the bottom searching for the perfect Sand Dollars.
The live ones must be left on the island though to continue their little sand dollar lives. I had never seen a live one before, which are the dark brown fuzzy ones. There are so many that if you reach down into the sand at any point, you are sure to grab one! Finding dead ones takes a little more luck, but they are usually plenty.
If you're lucky you may even find a lovely conch shell specimen! I was so excited when I stumbled upon this guy, only to find that...
Somebody was still home! I plopped him back in the water and watched him inch along the sand. It is so neat to see a living conch.
The view here is so pretty; other smaller sand bars stick out as a lovely golden among the bright blue water and then blend in with the cloudless sky. Sand Dollar Island is in the sound side, sandwiched between a few other islands so the waters are calm, and there are no big waves to worry about.
When we come to Sand Dollar Island, I never want to leave!