The Bee’s Knees

Did you know that in 1933 when prohibition ended, our government gave out liquor licenses allowing no more than 85 persons in any bar, regardless of their occupancy load? This is the origin of the expression “86” which is still widely used in today’s service industry.
On your next visit to Ocean’s Reach, be sure to check out “The 86 Room,”  » Read more a retro speakeasy in the Historic District of downtown Fort Myers. 

Truly Meant to Be!

family renewal

Many thanks to longtime guests Rick and Jaci M. from Janesville, WI, who sent us this beautiful photo after enjoying a Vow Renewal celebration with family and friends on their most recent visit to Ocean’s Reach.

“We would like to thank you for allowing us to use the beach for our 40th Revow.   It rained hard that afternoon and we were suppose to do it at   » Read more

Most Deserving!

Billy and Salli Kirkland, owners of Billy’s Rentals, were recently presented an Award of Excellence by Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto, after they were nominated by the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce for going above and beyond to make our community an amazing place to live.

“I wanted to take time this summer to honor some of the wonderful businesses we have in our area,” said Sen.  » Read more

Underwater Art

Moray Eel by Bob Halstead

The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center will highlight an underwater art exhibition during a group show at Art Walk on Friday, July 6 from 6 to 10 p.m . There’s Something in the Water features photography from Bob Halstead, Mila Bridger and Katy Danca Galli, plus paintings from Arturo Sameniego. 

Halstead is an award-winning underwater photographer whose work has been published in books and featured in galleries around the world.  » Read more

An Americana Ensemble

The Americana Community Music Association proudly presents an evening with Passerine on Saturday, June 23rd. 

Passerine’s distinctive sound combines vocal harmonies, the crisp rhythms of an acoustic guitar, the haunting voices of the fiddle and dobro (resonator slide guitar), the resonant lows of an acoustic bass. With inventive vocal harmonies and song-writing, supported by the sounds of acoustic strings, Passerine offers a fresh take on traditional folk and bluegrass music as well as a repertoire of original songs that range from sweet ballads to the edgier side of contemporary Americana.    » Read more

Holy Shell!


In honor of National Seashell Day yesterday, more than 1,000 participants joined together to shatter the world record for the largest human image of a seashell.   

Coordinated by our local tourism bureau, a total of 1,093 registered participants gathered on Fort Myers Beach to form an enormous seashell, verified by a Guinness World Records™ adjudicator on site.

Now in its third year,  » Read more

Family Beach Walk!

Sure, it may be summer vacation for the kids, but that doesn’t mean that learning needs to end!

Every Friday morning through August 4th, we invite you to head over to Gulfside City Park — right “next door” on the beach from Ocean’s Reach — for a fun and educational Family Beach Walk!

Come join a guided exploration of the vital beach ecosystem at the Perry Tract,  » Read more

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