I recently told you about some south Florida beaches where the rich and famous play. I mentioned that those beaches can be good places to detect for modern jewelry. Here is a sample of what Gary has found on one of those beaches that I mentioned. And this is the time of year when a lot of tourists are hitting our Florida beaches. I focus on the treasure beaches in this blog, but there are sometimes when the treasure beaches are not cooperating and you can fill in some of that time by doing a different type of hunting. And you can always learn something by learning another type of hunting. You could call it cross training, I guess. When the conditions are not right on the beaches for finding old stuff, you might want to switch your focus to modern jewelry. That is one good alternative. I probably still know the south Florida beaches better than I know the Treasure Coast beaches even though I moved to the Treasure Coast a number of years ago.
One thing that I would encourage anyone to do is don't just stick to one type of detecting. Be open to a variety of types of detecting and other types of treasure hunting as far as that is concerned. In addition to metal detecting, you might want to explore bottle hunting or fossil hunting, gold panning, or gem hunting. I got a message from one reader of this blog from North Carolina who said that the N. C. beaches were not producing much in the way old coins lately, but he found over a hundred sharks teeth one day. You might not know it, but you can sell fossil sharks teeth for nice money. When the conditions are not right for one type of hunting there is a good chance they will be right for another. When it comes to beach detecting and the old stuff is not showing up, you might consider going to beaches where there is a good chance of finding some good recent drops. Or you might consider another type of hunting.
I like a variety of types of hunting and even when I set out with one type of target in mind, I sometimes stumble over something else. I got into bottle hunting when I was hunting silver coins and came across some old bottle floating in the surf after Hurricane Andrew. I did find silver coins that day, but they were heavily corroded and the bottles turned out being the best finds.
Well, we don't have much in the way of either wind or waves and therefore not much in the way of erosion. And it doesn't look like things are going to change soon. I'm keeping my Treasure Coast beach rating at a 2. It would be a good time to consider hitting a spring break or resort beach since the tourist season is on. You might just run into a pleasant surprise in the process.
I have a good link for you today that will tell you about a 16th century wreck to the north of the Treasure Coast. It is from the book Thirty Florida Shipwrecks, by Kevin McCarthy. The ship is the Trinite, a French wreck up by Mantanzas inlet. Here is the link.
Remember there is always something to be found. And often the treasures of life are discovered when things look the most bleek.