A Bountiful Garden

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The Sanibel Historical Village is sharing the bounty from its garden with FISH (Friends In Service Here), to help them help people in need.

The village’s garden produces tomatoes, cabbage, beans, peas, radishes, turnips, rutabaga, and more. “We have the garden as a way to demonstrate that Sanibel was not always a tourist economy but started as an agricultural community,” said museum manager Emilie Alfino.  » Read more

Daily Treasures

shelling treasures

Taking care of one’s shelling treasures is not a daily chore but a labor of love. Our guest, Debbie, has been collecting shells for many years at Ocean’s Reach and enjoys spending time at our shell station where she can fondly prepare her collection for artistic display.  » Read more

Randy Wayne White’s Longtime Tradition

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A recent article by Charles Runnells of the News-Press:

Randy Wayne White has been saying it for years in his books: “Thanks to my sons for helping me finish another novel.”

And he’s not speaking euphemistically, either. His sons, Lee and Rogan, really “do” help him finish every single Doc Ford and Hannah Smith thriller.

The family tradition started way back in 1990 with White’s first Doc Ford novel,  » Read more

Gator Dinner!

gator dinner

Courtesy of Sarah, Wiles, Amy and Scott J. — Joan R.’s extremely talented grandkids!

Wonder if they’ve heard this one from Lemony Snicket?

If an optimist had his left arm chewed off by an alligator, he might say in a pleasant and hopeful voice, “Well this isn’t too bad, I don’t have a left arm anymore but at least nobody will ever ask me if I’m left-handed or right-handed,”  » Read more

Easter Blessings

Easter Blessings

May the glory and promise of Easter radiate in our lives each day.

From all of us at Ocean’s Reach,

we wish you a most blessed and joyful day!


Thanks to our friends at Sanibel Community Church for the gorgeous photo!  » Read more

Inspired by Love

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An alluring work of art is inspired by a historic icon, the Sanibel Lighthouse, and love for a family member.

Our guest, Susan, shares a picture of “the gorgeous stained glass artwork” her sister-in-law Debbie and brother Greg, made for her and exclaims, “What a work of love! They’ve stayed at Ocean’s Reach twice and are all looking forward to coming back in the fall.”

Thank you,  » Read more

A New Day Dawning

Frank Liberti 2016

Many of our guests marvel at the beautiful photography shared by long-time guest, Frank Liberti. Through his lens, we’re able to appreciate the natural beauty of our area even more.

This year, Frank was kind enough to let us feature his photography in our newly renovated Ocean’s Reach office, prompting all sorts of “ooh’s and aah’s” from guests as we welcome them to Sanibel Island.

We just learned that another of his photos,  » Read more

Traffic Cams for Traffic Jams

traffic cams

Visitors to Sanibel during our “high season” winter months know that traffic can back up to a frustrating degree.

City officials have embarked upon testing a number of pilot traffic management strategies this year. The plan includes changing traffic patterns with technology, education, planning and exploring the reconfiguration of certain roads.

Social media, videos and brochures have been part of their 2016 Traffic Communication Strategy. This past week,  » Read more

Annual Spring Festival

Annual Spring Festival

It’s one of our favorite fun-filled family events on the island!

For the past 22 years, the Children’s Education Center of the Islands has hosted its Spring Festival. The festival will be held at Sanibel City Park, next to the playground on Periwinkle Way on Saturday, March 26 from 9 to 11 a.m. All families are invited. The festivities will begin with a free Easter egg hunt for children of all ages.  » Read more

Beach Beauties!

John's family

Springtime is wonderful at Ocean’s Reach, and never more so than we get to enjoy some of our favorite beach beauties!

Many of you will recognize John who works at our Front Desk and has helped us welcome hundreds of families over the years.

It was recently our turn to welcome his family here! Pictured from left to right: his lovely daughter Tracy, gorgeous granddaughters Camdyn,  » Read more

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