Tips for Metal Detecting on the Beach

wrist watch in sand at the beach beside seashell

Metal detecting on the beach is an ideal hobby for seaside seniors. Not only does it provide exercise, but also it gets you outdoors, it can help you make new friends, and it could lead to you discovering some very interesting treasures! If this is your first time hunting for treasure, scroll down to review some helpful tips for metal detecting on the beach.

Tips for Metal Detecting on the Beach

Carefully pack for the outing.

The only item you truly need for metal detecting is a metal detector, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only item you should bring with you. Remember to pack water so that you can stay hydrated, as well as sun protection items like a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. You should also bring a shovel and sifting scoop for digging up your loot and knee pads to make the digging process more comfortable. Finally, remember to bring a bag or backpack so that you have a place to store any treasures you find!

Study the tides.

Beaches change constantly as the tides flow in and out. There are two high tides and two low tides each day, and it’s important that you know when the tides are at the beach you’ll be visiting. Low tide is typically a great time to search because the water has shifted back, revealing new treasures.

Explore the “dry sand” part of the beach.

Why? For one thing, digging is much easier in dry sand and you can sift the sand through your scoop. For another, people often hang out on this portion of the beach. They might be chilling on a towel or tossing around a beach ball. Any place where people frequent is more likely to have metal to find. You can look for jewelry, coins, sunglasses, and more. Some “hotspots” include along paths (especially those leading to bathrooms or parking lots), in shady spots, and basically, anywhere people like to set up their towels.

Look for troughs near the waterline.

A trough is an area where the sand dips, close to the waterline or before a sandbar. When the sea draws back to a low tide, items often settle in troughs. For this reason, they’re a great place to look for goodies.

Consider joining a local club.

Metal detecting on your own can be a great way to enjoy some quiet time and relax, but this hobby also works well in a group. If a metal-detecting club exists in your community, consider stopping by an event to make some new friends, get tips from locals, and share your passion. Some clubs will also organize treasure hunts, which guarantee a good time!

Invite your friends or grandchildren along.

If you don’t want to go on a solo adventure, you could also consider asking your friends or family to join you. Especially if they’ve never tried metal detecting before, they might find it intriguing. Children are often fascinated by the hobby (and more delighted by the loot than your average adult!), so it’s a great activity for grandparents and grandchildren to share.


Have you ever tried metal detecting on the beach? If you’re tired of sitting beneath an umbrella every time you visit the ocean, why not give it a try? You might also like to explore our blog post about fun things for seniors to do at the beach. And before you head out into that gorgeous Florida sunshine, be sure to review some beach safety tips.

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