Things to Do
If you can plan your visit to include a Sunday evening, there’s a sunset drum circle on the beach behind the Bilmar that draws locals and visitors alike to experience the surreal sound that the blending of ocean waves and drumming creates. And speaking of surreal, Sanding Ovations, a yearly sand-sculpting competition, brings professional sand-sculptors to the island in November to create massive, otherworldly masterpieces in the sand.
While most of the town is residential, you’ll find some good souvenir shopping at Sun Coast Surf Shop, Vine ‘n’ Grind and, of course, the legendary Florida Shell Shop. Get all your family’s beach essentials – sunblock, boogie boards and the like – at Surf Style.