Earth Day at the Refuge

Family programs on tap for Earth Day at the Refuge!

Bike or hike Wildlife Drive for free, watch a free film, and take advantage of free programs at this year’s 47th Anniversary of Earth Day at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, April 22, 2017.

The day’s highlights include an earth-friendly Family Story &  » Read more

Birth Announcement!

Take a look at our new Ocean’s Reach osprey family!

The newborn babies are a wonderful sight to see.  We had nervously waited over six weeks for the osprey hatchlings to announce themselves, and had almost given up hope until lo and behold our guest cameraman delivered these awesome baby photos!

Congratulations to the proud parents and to our guest photographer,  » Read more

Sea Turtle Nesting Season has Begun — Part 2

On Sanibel and Captiva, more than 100 island residents volunteer each year as part of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation’s Sea Turtle Research and Monitoring Program.

Each day during nesting season from April through October, volunteers are out at dawn to check the 18 miles of beach from the Sanibel Lighthouse to the tip of Captiva. Nests are identified and marked for monitoring and protection, and later in the season hatches from those nests are evaluated and recorded.  » Read more

Sea Turtle Nesting Season has Begun — Part 1

A 2005 fossil find in Queensland, Australia, indicated that sea turtles lived more than 110 million years ago. Even centuries ago, sea turtles roamed our oceans by the millions. In the last 100 years, however, their numbers have been greatly reduced and today all seven species of sea turtles are in danger of global extinction. During the summer months, there are approximately 50,000 sea turtles in Florida, making our state the most important nesting area in the United States.  » Read more

Easter Surprise

Sweeter than jellybeans and marshmallow treats is this enchanting story perfectly timed for the arrival of the Easter Bunny!

These two young guests from Campbell Hall, NY, have been hopping all over Ocean’s Reach this week. Imagine their surprise when they discovered two young marsh rabbits tucked as far out of sight as possible underneath the corn hole toss game they were playing.  » Read more

Sweet Solitude

best friends


Nothing can be sweeter than sitting by your sweetie watching the day go by.

A tender breeze, a canopy of gold,
Focused on forever.

Infinite trust through test and time,
Responds in waves of silence.

Life is still. Life is here.

On the beach at Ocean’s Reach.  » Read more

Guess Who Came to Town?

Even politicians crave the beauty and relaxation of Sanibel.

The island has been abuzz since Vice President Mike Pence and his wife arrived this past weekend for vacation, attending service Sunday morning at the Sanibel Community Church and enjoying dinner at the Timbers Restaurant that evening.

One lucky Ocean’s Reach guest dining at the same restaurant, Jason R from Springfield VA,  » Read more

Spring Bargains at the Ark

Each weekday, long before the doors to Noah’s Ark open at 9:30 a.m., a crowd gathers in the parking lot. Looking for bargains, the shoppers, arranged in an orderly line, often greet one another and Ark volunteers with hugs.

Noah’s Ark, an operation of St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church, is popular with islanders, many of whom visit the shop nearly every day and know one another by name.  » Read more


David Ortiz and Andy

It’s a famous pose. David Ortiz crosses home plate, puts his hands up, and points his fingers to the sky. If you’re a die hard Boston Red Sox fan, you’ve seen this stance before. 534 times to be exact.

Befitting his larger-than-life personality, a larger-than-life-size model of “Big Papi” — constructed of 34,510 LEGO bricks! — greeted baseball fans (including Andy, pictured) this spring at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers,  » Read more

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