Berry Colorful


Our Dahoon holly tree is a fall favorite for guests who enjoy watching the changing of the seasons at Ocean’s Reach. Radiant red berries are ripening and providing an excellent food source and nesting space for hungry birds.

The Dahoon holly tree tolerates moist soil and salt spray and is an optimal choice for planting along the edges of ponds, lakes and streams. It is a slow growing evergreen tree native to the eastern United States.  » Read more

Side by Side


Brother and sister couldn’t be happier, side by side, in their chair built for two.
Just travelin’ along on Sanibel Island from Kansas City to Ocean’s Reach.
Singin’ their song.
Side by side.  » Read more

Conservation Art Day at Ding!


The 2016-2017 Federal Duck Stamp featuring trumpeter swans, designed by five-time winner Joseph Hautman.

Five-time Federal Duck Stamp winner Joseph Hautman from Plymouth, Minn., headlines the eighth annual free Conservation Art Day at J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island this coming Saturday, October 22 from 10am-5pm. The family-friendly event will also have Florida Junior Duck Stamp winner Megan Zou on hand.  » Read more

Mollusks on the Move!


Mollusks are on the move! They recently headed to the Shell Point Retirement Community, as pictured above, from the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum.

Two 10-gallon tanks and six five-gallon buckets of salt water and live mollusks were loaded in the back of a pick-up truck, which then traveled off-island for the museum’s first-ever Mobile Mollusk Outreach program.

More than 60 Shell Point residents packed the social center to take part in the presentation.  » Read more

Kudos from CASI

From time to time, CASI (Condominium Associations of Sanibel, Inc.) highlights properties that have made handsome new changes that other CASI members might be interested in learning about. They recently featured Ocean’s Reach. Thought you’d like to see!

Why does Ocean’s Reach earn the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence each year? The TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is awarded to properties that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor.  » Read more

Meet Randy Wayne White


Doc Ford’s will be hosting Randy Wayne White – New York Times’ bestselling author of the Doc Ford Series – to celebrate the kickoff of his national book signing tour for the electrifying 4th installment in his Hannah Smith series, SEDUCED.

The event will be held Sunday, October 16, 2016 at the restaurant’s brand new location at 2500 Island Inn Road, across from Baileys Shopping Center.  » Read more



The CROW Classic Golf Tournament will take place this Saturday, October 15 at The Sanctuary Golf Club. Tournament organizers have come up with a very unique hog-in-one (hole-in-one) prize!

Golfers will play for a chance to win a Harley-Davidson 2016 Dyna Street Bob (FXDB) black den supplied by Six Bends Harley-Davidson with insurance provided by a generous donor. The hole-in-one is located on the 180-yard 4th hole of the course.  » Read more

Flamingo Frenzy


There have been several flocks of flamingos landing in people’s yards around Sanibel and Captiva!

Thanks to our friends at The Children’s Education Center of the Islands (CECI) who came up with the idea for this colorful fundraiser, people are “flocking” friends all over the islands.

While these beautiful pink flamingos may seem harmless, they are actually very territorial. So much so, in fact,  » Read more

Join the BIG ARTS Volunteers!


With the 2016-17 BIG ARTS season drawing near, there is a need to fill volunteer spots. Volunteers are the heart of BIG ARTS and the “engines” of the non-profit organization’s success.

There are plenty of advantages to being a BIG ARTS volunteer, not the least of which is joining a fun, creative crew and meeting great people in the community.

Should you plan on visiting Sanibel Island for the season,  » Read more

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