The lights are on
Animal Crossing: New Leaf has been out for almost two months, but its nearly endless replay value still has fans hooked. If you're tired of shaking trees and selling fruit in an effort to afford that next house upgrade, you can stop now. Follow this guide to be raking in the bells in no time at all.
First, start the Bell Boom. As mayor of your town, you've probably already set one of the ordinance options. In order to get the most value out of your beetles, make sure that Bell Boom is the currently selected ordinance. This will net you more bells for everything you sell.
Head to Kapp'n at night (between 7pm and 6am is a good bet) and pony up the 1,000 bells needed to sail to the island. Don't worry about the fee, as you're going to get it back several hundredfold.
Grab your gear. Lloid hangs out near the entrance, and will lend you anything you need. You'll want to grab your net and fishing rod every time, but you'll also need a shovel and axe if it's your first time, as you'll need to...
Groom your island. The rarest (and most valuable) beetles appear only on the palm trees that grow in the sand, so you should cut down and dig up any trees on the grassy area. Some beetle hunters like to keep them to grab the occasional rainbow stag or giant stag, but they're rare when compared to the useless fruit beetles and miyama stags that tend to grow here.
Continue on to see how to optimize your island.