A Friendly Game of Croquet

Owners Robert and Judith M. from Carmel, IN treated some friends to an enjoyable game of croquet during their recent visit here!

In honor of their friendly competition, we thought we’d share some fun trivia facts about this entertaining game.  Betcha didn’t know:

… Croquet was held as an Olympic event only once, at the Paris games in 1900.  The reason it was cancelled?  Something about croquet not being a spectator sport!  » Read more

Licensed to Help

Launched in 1996, the Helping Sea Turtles Survive specialty license plate raises money for two important programs that benefit Florida sea turtles – the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Marine Turtle Protection Program and the Sea Turtle Grants Program, which distributes money back to the local level for turtle conservation projects.

The sea turtle plate is currently the number two overall selling specialty tag in Florida,  » Read more

Our Favorite Left Hander

Late last month, longtime guest Robert Y. from Cincinnati, OH was lucky enough to find this huge Lightning Whelk on our Ocean’s Reach beach.  His wife said that the treasure was found during high tide on a rough ocean day, and while they have been hunting shells for many years, this was their best one yet!

A lightning whelk can range in length from 2.5 to 16 inches (6 to 40 cm).   » Read more

Exciting Plans for the Shell Museum

Rendering of the project planned for the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum.

The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum on Sanibel will soon break ground on an exciting new renovation project, estimated at $6 million.

The expansion program will transform the venue by introducing several new aquariums — what they’re calling “a living collection” — along with increased exhibit space.

The project,  » Read more

A Little Different

With such beautiful beaches and nature preserves, it’s easy to understand why Sanibel Island wins a lot of awards.  But we’ve just added one that’s a little bit different; what some might call a tad goosey-“loo”sey.

The “Learning Lavatory” at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island was rated top restroom in the country on the basis of the large images of wildlife that grace stall doors,  » Read more


“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing — absolutely nothing — half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. In or out of ’em, it doesn’t matter. Nothing seems really to matter, that’s the charm of it. Whether you get away, or whether you don’t; whether you arrive at your destination or whether you reach somewhere else, or whether you never get anywhere at all,  » Read more

Lionfish Challenge

Photo from eregulations.com

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has announced the winners of the 2018 Lionfish Challenge.

Native to the Indo-Pacific and believed to have entered Florida waters from an aquarium release, lionfish are now established along the southeast coast of the U.S., Caribbean, and across the Gulf of Mexico. Due to its venomous spines, the invasive species has few predators and has had a hugely negative impact on native fish and reef habitats.  » Read more

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