14 Best Beaches in the U.S. for Shelling (2023 Guide) – Trips To Discover


Maple Beach – Point Roberts, Washington

Why Come Here: The international border crossing means there is little development, providing an especially tranquil place for nature lovers.

Point Roberts is a unique unincorporated community located just south of the Vancouver, British Columbia metro area in Canada, but it’s in Washington State. It can only be accessed by driving across the Canadian land border, cruising in by private boat, or flying in by plane. Point Roberts is also unique for its wealth of marine life and crystal-clear water. Maple Beach is the best for shelling, ideal for marine invertebrates like moon snails, sea stars, and sand dollars. While you’re here, Monument and Lighthouse parks provide the perfect place for spotting the Pacific Northwest’s famous orcas.