Scrumptious New Brunch Options

One of our guests’ favorite waterview restaurants is the Thistle Lodge at Casa Ybel Resort — just “next door” from Ocean’s Reach via a short beach walk.

Earlier this month, the restaurant introduced new brunch options that are sure to please.

On Sundays, in addition to their usual offerings, the restaurant has incorporated five different themed brunch items that will be rotated on a weekly basis.  » Read more

Today’s Forecast

Photos taken this weekend at Ocean’s Reach!


We continue to shiver just hearing about the drastic weather conditions our friends “up north” have been dealing with lately. We want to let you know that our hearts are with you as you start to warm up and dig out from what Mother Nature left behind.  » Read more

One of the Best Libraries in the Country

The Sanibel Public Library has earned a national “Star Library” award, marking the fourth time that it has been recognized as one of the best libraries in the country by the Library Journal.

“It’s a testament of support from the community and board who encourages us to do innovative things people are interested in,” Sanibel Public Library Executive Director Margaret Mohundro said. “We are really proud of it.  » Read more

Our Own “Top Chefs”

A new culinary experience — the SWFL Chef Invitational — will grace the Sanibel Community House later this month as six Southwest Florida professional chefs take the stage with seven youngsters who are participating in the Culinary Education program.

“Come out and support us and the culinary program,” Community House Resident Chef Jarred Harris said. “There will be excellent entertainment, top shelf food and chefs looking to impress.”  » Read more

What a Haul!

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

A Time Gone By

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,  » Read more

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