• OCEAN'S REACH IS CLOSED FOR THE INDEFINITE FUTURE DUE TO HURRICANE IAN.

Ocean Tribe Outfitters

Sanibel Sea School, a 501c3 nonprofit organization offering unique, field-based educational experiences, is set to open a new retail space that will support its mission to improve the ocean’s future, one person at a time.

The store will be called the Ocean Tribe Outfitters and will specialize in paddling gear, including kayaks, stand up paddleboards, and related accessories, as well as equipment and clothing for ocean recreation.  » Read more

Bailey Tract Slideshow

The Bailey Tract is one of two outlying tracts of the “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge and we can’t seem to get enough of it!

The views are mesmerizing and the options for bicycling and hiking seem endless for the adventurous. Plot your route around the perimeter past marshlands and cattails or take a shortcut following impoundments and alongside dense buttonwoods.  » Read more

Choose Happy!

This young guest made a cloudy day disappear while donning her “Choose Happy” hat, which we thought was the perfect accessory for her brightly colored clothing, cool shades and contagious smile.  (Not pictured: her pair of shocking pink Croc sandals filled with shells!)

Her parents said that their Pennsylvania pre-teen had even more fun exploring the “wild” around our pond, spotting a baby alligator, turtles, lizards, long-legged birds and our osprey family.  » Read more

Learning in the Most Unusual Places

Phase I of a new visual restroom interpretation has begun at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge – the first of its kind in the 550-plus-refuge National Refuge System. The installation of a mother manatee, fashioned by local artist Andrew Corke entirely out of recycled bicycle tires, kicked off a project that is expected to be complete by late summer.

Funded by a grant from the West Coast Inland Navigation District (WCIND),  » Read more

Ride of Silence

An event dedicated to bringing awareness for everyone sharing the road, as well as honoring fellow cyclists killed, or injured in cycling accidents will take place May 17 at Matzaluna Italian Restuarant on Sanibel Island.

The Ride of Silence, which initially took place in 2003, in Dallas, Texas, was brought to the island in 2008 by the Sanibel Bike Club. The first event in Dallas attracted 1,000 cyclists.  » Read more

Islands Night is Coming!

If you’re in town, be sure to join us for the 24th Annual Islands Night on May 17th at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers.

This beloved island tradition celebrates the businesses and residents of Sanibel and Captiva islands. A pre-game parade starts the activities, and all sorts of fun, food and refreshments are in store.

Islands Night is presented by Bailey’s General Store, and free tickets are available at numerous locations throughout the islands.  » Read more

Black-necked Stilt

Sure to enhance the log book of bird lovers, this long-legged beauty — a striking black-and-white shorebird with very long, thin red legs — can be observed from the edges of the shallow marsh waters at Bailey Tract.

Did you know?  The black-necked stilt has the second-longest legs in proportion to their bodies of any bird, exceeded only by flamingos!  » Read more

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