A Decorator’s Touch

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Gee, can you tell who’s been to Sanibel?

Longtime Ocean’s Reach guest, Sheila H., from Mountville, PA, treats her houseguests to many of her “treasures from the sea” throughout her home.

Inspired to do likewise? Here are some ideas on how you, too, can add creative decorating touches to your home from the experts at Southern Living magazine,  » Read more

On Your Mark … Get Set … READ!

Sanibel Public Library

If your child loves to read (and even if they don’t), the Sanibel Public Library will be a surefire hit for them this summer!

Our library will be hosting their very popular Summer Reading Program once again this year, featuring storytellers, magicians, musicians, and more. Special guests for the elementary-aged crowd will include a reptile expert and several players from the Fort Myers Miracle baseball team.

Teens will be able to enjoy book dominoes,  » Read more

Summer at BIG ARTS!

Summer Arts Camp

If you’re visiting Sanibel this summer, be sure to check out the assortment of Summer Arts Camp programs offered at BIG ARTS, the place for “all things art” on the island!

For kids in Grades 1 – 5, each themed week includes non-stop fun with crafts, music, games and more!

Week 1 – June 20-24: There’s No Place Like Camp!
Week 2 –  » Read more

Move-In Day

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At Ocean’s Reach, the fun starts at move in!

Handy luggage carts and shopping baskets are provided to make transporting all of your vacation items — clothes, food, toys, and even children — quick and easy!  » Read more

Free Summer Programs at “Ding”

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“Wildlife Wonders” talks, weekly beach walks and nature crafts highlight the free summer programming offered now through August 6 at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel.

The schedule of weekly activities follows. No pre-registration is necessary.

Reading at the Refuge, every Wednesday at 10 a.m.: Attendees of each 45-minute reading-and-crafts session learn about a refuge animal and make a take-home craft related to it.  » Read more

The Shell Love Bug!

Shell Love Bug

Did you catch the Shell Love Bug on “Good Morning America” recently?

It was part of the first-ever National Seashell Day, celebrated on Monday, June 20. Along with a slew of volunteers, Pam Rambo — of ILoveShelling.com fame — transformed an old VW Beetle convertible into a “Sailor’s Valentine on Wheels.”

For all you trivia buffs out there, here’s a “By the Numbers”  » Read more

Rockin’ and Rollin’

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Every so often, guests are treated to some rockin’ and rollin’ waves at Ocean’s Reach, not typical of our usually mild-mannered gulf waters.

Pictured here are some lofty waves guests enjoyed when Tropical Storm Colin recently side-swiped our area a couple of weeks ago.  No real impact from the storm — just a bit of huffin’ and puffin’ by Mother Nature!  » Read more

Smithsonian Exhibit Coming to Sanibel

Smithsonian Exhibit

Need another reason to get away to Sanibel this fall?

Guests visiting October 29 – December 9, 2016, can include one more “Must Do” on their list: The first-of-its-kind Water/Ways traveling exhibit that will be displayed at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge this fall.

The exhibit, sponsored in partnership with the Museum On Main Street program and supported by the Smithsonian and Florida Humanities Council,  » Read more

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