A Beautiful Winter

Little Blue Heron in pond

Thanks to Mother Nature, guests and wildlife enjoyed a remarkably dry and beautiful winter at Ocean’s Reach.  As you can see, water levels were low, but ample for feeding the little blue heron in our pond.

The weather was also ideal for beaching, golfing, hiking, bicycling, dining al fresco and relaxing in short sleeves and open-toe sandals.

Be sure to reserve our radiant sunshine,  » Read more

Biking Bailey Tract

At the Bailey’s Tract, the scenery is lovely and changes daily. There are many path options to traverse and all are interesting to follow.

The photo on this page shows the browning of the littoral marsh grasses and a dissipating water level against a contrasting opaque blue and white sky. While the landscape may seem stark, it depicts a distinctive realism of vast natural beauty.  » Read more

Art in Flight

Some of our amazing guests are accomplished kite flyers and entertainers.

They utilize the beach as their flying field and use their hobby to mesmerize our guests at Ocean’s Reach.

From a beach chair, the pool deck or a gulf front lanai, guests can enjoy watching action in the skies courtesy of these adept kite flyers.

It’s, quite simply, art in flight.  Look up and smile!  » Read more

A Yellow-Breasted Chat

We were delighted to receive the note below from longtime guest, Joann W, from Centerville, OH, letting us know of her recent rare bird sighting!

We have stayed at Ocean’s Reach for many years and always look forward to staying with you on Sanibel Island.

While I stayed with you last week I saw a yellow-breasted chat at Bailey’s Tract.  » Read more

“Wild Wolf”

“Wild Wolf — The Great Civil War Rivalry” is a fresh look at Union Col. Frank Wolford, the celebrated Civil War cavalier and rival of Confederate raider John Hunt Morgan.

Written by Wolford’s great-great nephew — and frequent Ocean’s Reach guest — Ronald Wolford Blair, the book discusses in detail Wolford’s heroic leadership in part of more than 300 battles and skirmishes, during which he was wounded seven times,  » Read more

The Sweet Smell of Gardenias


Beautifying the entrance of our Guest Services office are two beautiful white gardenia plants approaching full bloom.

Southern Living magazine says, “No plant expresses the grace of the South better than the fragrant blossoms of the gardenia.” Its aroma is only matched by its elegant beauty and stately presence.

If you love the aroma of the gardenia flower, Ocean’s Reach is just the sweet-smelling place for you!  » Read more

A Newfound Trail



What a delight to discover another walking and biking adventure on Sanibel!

Get ready to explore the nature preserves and wildlife on the Sanibel Community Park/Frannie’s Preserve Extension Trail. Hikers and bicyclists of all ages and levels will love viewing ponds and birds contained within a wetland savannah, dense canopied buttonwood forestand West Indian tropical hardwood hammock.  » Read more

Red Sox vs. Pirates

Don’t miss a chance to see your favorite baseball team in the Florida Grapefruit League play in Fort Myers during February and March. Many of our guests take a jaunt over the causeway to catch spring training in action at JetBlue Park at Fenway South. The weather is relaxing, the crowds are easy to mingle with and the prices are reasonable. A winning combination!

Why is this Ocean’s Reach guest family so happy?  » Read more

Junonia Found!

What a lucky devil!

Favorite longtime guest, Don P, recently found this crown jewel shell of Sanibel — the Scaphella junonia — more commonly known as “THE Junonia.”

Shellseekers comb our beaches (in this writer’s case, for decades!) in hopes of snaring the rare beauty. Don mentioned that this was the second junonia he has found, the first being over 20 years ago off the beach of Ocean’s Reach.  » Read more

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