I’m a beach sand collector. Beach sand is different everywhere you go and a collection makes for a great conversation starter with guests. Florida beaches are not an exception. From the sugar-white sands of Pensacola to the other side of the state where you’ll find fine, light-grey sand with small shells in Cocoa Beach, there is a huge variety of minerals to walk through.
Siesta Key has powdery white sand. Turtle Beach has black sand. Venice Beach has grey sand peppered with a handful of shark teeth in every step you take. Sanibel is nothing but whole shells. Palm Beach and points north are a coarse, tan-to-brown-and-orange-colored sand.
The further north you go along the Atlantic you’ll find silty sand to coarse-dark sand of all colors. Some beaches are hard to walk on because the sand is loose, others are easy because it’s compacted with smaller grains.
I urge you to try collecting sand if you vacation in different beaches around the country. You’ll see a big difference and have a fun time reminiscing your vacations.