Walking on a beach is one of Goldwin’s favorite activities.  He loves exploring a beach.  On the ocean side of Lynyard Cay is a beach just made for Goldwin:  beautiful sand intermingled with coral rock, and lots of “stuff.”


This is a great beach for beachcombing – nothing between it and Africa but water. We found shells – mostly tiny because of the offshore reef.   I love the reddish/pink ones.  Crushed, they give the sand its soft pink hue.


Also sea fans.  Some brown and nasty.  Some pink and white.


Little bits of coral and sponges.


And lots of sea glass.


We also found sea beans, a/k/a drift seeds or african dream beans.  These are found on beaches around the world – they have hollow air-filled centers which allow them to float on the surface of the water for years as they travel on ocean currents.  This one is called an Entada or sea heart – you can see why.


The outer shell is very hard and can be polished to an almost mirror sheen.  They have been made into jewelry, hollowed out and hinged for use as snuff boxes, and worn or carried as good luck charms.  For more information about sea beans, go to:  http://www.seabean.com/newsletters/#SELECTEDARTICLES

Wrack is the strip of accumulated debris at the high tide line of a beach. It’s mostly sea grass, with some drift wood, small shells, sea beans, remnants of sea life, bits of coral, and LOTS of trash.


The trash is mostly plastic: flip-flops, bottles, deodorant container balls, toys (even Legos), cups and containers, and bags. Very sad because it’s so avoidable.

In amongst the coral rock on this beach is a blowhole. Watch for it near the end of this video – different from a wave breaking over the rocky ledge:

On the Sea of Abaco side of Lynyard Cay, the beach has a makeshift camp, complete with hammock.


It’s filled with other kinds of beach treasures, mostly nets, buoys, line and lumber.


When we arrived at the beach, the tide was going out.  We put the dinghy anchor up on the beach and left the dinghy partially in the water.  When we returned, it looked like this:  high and dry.


And here is what our anchored boat looks like from the beach.


Hard not to smile, looking at this.

7 thoughts on “Beach Treasures

  1. Hello, my friend and I collect anything that washes up on a beach. Love your shells and sea fan. We were thinking of going to this island. Is there a way to get to the rough surf side? Do u recommend any hotels? Thank you, Sondra

    • Lynyard is an island near the south end of the Sea of Abaco. You are close to it if you drive to Little Harbor, south of Marsh Harbor, but need a boat to get to Lynyard – it’s across the cut. No hotels on the island, just a few cottages. If you can get there by boat on the Sea of Abaco side, you can easily follow a trail to the ocean side where you can find beach treasures.

  2. Awesome! Can I find lake beans lol? I beachcomb southern shores Lake Erie for warship glass, fossils etc. I’ve never un my life seen a sea bean and I adore the ocean. Can u tell anymore about them?
    Cool! Thanks! Great article!

    • Thanks for reading our blog – glad you liked it. Sea beans travel ocean currents from places like South America. I doubt they can go upstream into the Lakes. We sailed the Lakes for many years. Never found a sea bean. But keep beachcombing – great fun.

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