You might think treasure hunting should best be left to Indiana Jones and wild thrill seekers with decrepit maps marked by giant X’s. It turns out that in reality, you don’t need Hollywood movie magic or old maps passed down through generations of Hemingway-esque adventurers. All you need is a ticket to Florida’s Atlantic coast, and well, a metal detector might help as well. Sound too good to be true? You really can find gold on Florida’s beaches, if you know where (and how) to look.
Though it sounds like more fiction than fact, it is true that Spanish ships traveled extensively along the eastern coast of Florida, and yes, just like in the movies, some ships wrecked due to rough seas and terrible storms. Guess what these ships were carrying? That’s right – large quantities of gold and silver, and other assortments of precious jewels. What happened to them when shipwreck occurred? That’s right – all that treasure is still down there, waiting to be discovered. Some even washes right up onto shore!
So, how do you go about finding your own little piece of Spanish treasure? Luckily, you can leave the eye patch, bandanna, and wooden leg at home (unless they really help you get into the spirit of things). A quality metal detector would be a great investment for this gold and silver hunting expedition. Choose one carefully, because one of too low quality won’t be powerful enough to properly distinguish between potential treasure and just beach trash. Nothing is more heartbreaking than thinking you’ve stumbled upon the find of your life, only to discover it’s just a bottle cap.
All set for your treasure hunting expedition? Head to one of Florida’s east coast beaches, more toward the middle of the state. This area has seen some of the greatest frequency of gold, silver, and other treasure finds. If you’re going with your family, there’s not a better excuse to go digging for Spanish gold than taking the kids on an awesome vacation! When you arrive, unpack your gear, kiss your spouse and kids goodbye (in case you come across any cursed gold, that is!) and head out on the beach armed with your metal detector and headphones. It’s probably also a good idea to purchase a scoop that sifts sand to make it easy on you when you get a potential hit from your metal detector.
Let’s say that it’s your lucky day, and you come up with a scoopful of (hopefully not cursed) gold and silver. What’s the next step? Sure, you could donate it, or create your own mini treasure museum. However, with prices so high these days, why not sell gold that you find? You could use it for future family vacations/treasure seeking trips, or maybe even stash it away in a retirement fund, so when you reach that age, you could do things like comb Florida beaches for buried treasure all day long. Whatever you decide to do with it, happy hunting and good luck!
Adam is a writer living in Atlanta interested in all things gold. He gets paid in gold bars as a contributor to the Selling Jewelry Blog.