Longtime guests Dick and Linda M. from Waynesville, OH came in to show us the pristine Scotch Bonnet they found next door at Gulfside City Park during their most recent visit to Ocean’s Reach.
One of the most prized finds on any of our local barrier islands, the Scotch Bonnet is rarely found in Southwest Florida, being more common on the beaches of the mid-Atlantic states.
Fun Fact: The Scotch Bonnet is the official state seashell of North Carolina, named to honor the many Scottish settlers in the state. The shape of the shell is said to resemble the traditional Scottish wool bonnet called a Tam o’Shanter. Shell aficianados in North Carolina actually pronounce the word bonnet as “bonay”!