Shell Beach


In case you're tired of getting powdery-white sand everywhere, take the five-minute saunter from the harbor to this midsize beach awash with tiny crunched seashells. Although the water gets deep quickly, it's generally calm, making it ideal for swimmers and snorkelers (bring your own gear). Daredevils can jump off nearby cliffs and casual-fancy Shellona Beach restaurant provides sustenance.

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