I'm going to be in STJ the end of May and I was wondering what are the best beaches to collect seashells. I know you can't collect them from the park beaches so I was wondering what other beaches offered a good selection? You can't collect shells from any beach in the USVI. You can't remove anything from the VINP and seashells from anywhere other than pruchased in a shop can beand sometimes areconfiscated at the airport. You could collect them and throw them back.
For numerous visitors to St. John, the ideal souvenir to take back to the mainland is one of the beautiful shells which can be found at beaches around St. The dream ends suddenly, however, when tourists try to take these mementoes home with them and the shells are confiscated arbitrarily by U. CBP officers enforce laws to protect the natural local ecosystem, and coral reefs are a part of that ecosystem, Mohan explained. Shells which were obviously treated or processed are usually not confiscated, according to Mohan. We have to err on the side of caution. One individual taking a shell from a coral reef area multiplied by thousands makes a problem.
Gone Shelling – Finding Seashells In British Virgin Islands
Customs may confiscate any sea shells or other marine items other than seaglass that you try to take back, because they're all protected in the USVI , especially conch shells. There may be a store selling imported shells, and if you buy shells make sure you keep the receipt to show in case Customs checks your bags. On Buck Island they come rolling up so fast you need to be careful because they hit you in the ankles.
See below photo from Bev's BVI site. T he beaches in the BVI are not only very beautiful but also less developed than many beaches elsewhere. Often located on outlying islands , these beaches are only reached by boat whether charter, dive boat, daysail, launch or ferry. Even beaches on Tortola and Virgin Gorda may entail driving over some roads more fitting for four wheel drive vehicles.