Like us humans, these snowbirds look forward to the warmth and easy living of a winter spent on Sanibel Island.
“Ding” Darling NationalWildlife Refuge on Sanibel is a haven for snowbirds of many species, including the American white pelicans. Bird watchers flock to the back waters of the refuge to view the return and abundance of the migrating birds. The white pelicans fly from as far away as Idaho, » Read more
Indulge your passion for tennis just outside your door on your next visit to Ocean’s Reach.
Our Guest Services team can provide a list of some of the best Sanibel tennis instructors on the island who can add to your vacation experience with a private personalized lesson.
You might also want to try your hand at pickleball, as well! Our tennis court was re-lined this past year so guests can try out this new racquet sport sensation and see why so many are swinging away at this enjoyable new passtime. » Read more
When our guests miss the pearl white snow and ice crystals from their home up north, they go to the beach and make a snowman. A roly-poly snowman made of sand, shells and wood will make them feel right at home. (And it won’t melt or cause frostbite!)
Enjoy the warmth of winter from our cozy adorable condos and sunny beaches. Ann E., our guest photographer, escaped from the ice and snow to visit us recently. » Read more
When one of our Christmas Week guests, Lindsay S., asked her kennel about how her dog, Pippin, was doing, she received this adorable photo back.
We can just see the caption:
Please define “good.”
Thanks, Lindsay, for sharing! » Read more
If you are not afraid of heights, you will love this view! While inspecting the rooftop of Building 1, we decided to surprise our pool guests with a wave and a shout. Our Ocean’s Reach staff makes friends easily with our guests and we can’t resist an opportunity for a little fun.
The view of the gulf front heated pool is extraordinary and if you look closely, you can see the ripples in the water and the blowing palm tree fronds. » Read more
Back at work after very nice guests / owners encounters at OR, I wanted to wish you all a Happy sparkling New Year!
Laura G. is a long-time guest from Nyon, Switzerland. She recently departed after a month’s stay at Ocean’s Reach and sent us these beautiful photos showing her travels “from one sunset to another.” » Read more
Just going through our favorite Christmas pix and thought you’d like to see this one from the Over Easy Café!
Our guests know that, at Over Easy, they can savor the flavor from homemade muffins, pancakes and omelets to delicious stuffed french toast! You can enjoy their amazing, luscious breakfast or brunch dishes anytime between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. (remember, you’re on vacation). So rise early or rise late but gather your gang over at the “Over Easy” » Read more
Well, you can’t find all this in Minnesota!
One of our owners’ sons, Tim S., couldn’t believe his good luck during his recent holiday visit. He said he found seven — yes, seven! — huge Horse Conchs this time around, in addition to a table-sized collection of more beautiful shells.
Wonder if he bought a new suitcase to take them all home? » Read more
Every Tuesday from Jan. 3 through April 23, Calusa Shell Mound Trail guided tours run continuously from noon to 2 p.m.
Free refuge programs begin Jan. 3
From birding and biking the refuge, to learning about manatees and venomous wildlife, the seasonal calendar of free programs and tours at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge begins on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, and runs through April 23. » Read more
Pictured here is an early 1950’s image of Bill Shannon in front of his palm frond house. He and his wife, Mae, opened the Sunshine Cafe on Palm Avenue (now Andy Rosse Lane) on Captiva Island in 1951.
The History Gallery, developed by the Captiva Island Historical Society, features many photos like this. All ages are welcome to step aboard a wooden replica of the old mailboat, Santiva, » Read more