Just Another Day in Paradise

Bird watching photo courtesy of J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge


As I wander along the stunning Fort Myers Beach, an elderly woman is slapping on the sunscreen ready for a few hours on the lounger.

“Another day in paradise,” she shouts to a passing acquaintance.

It’s an overly-used saying, but after spending five days there in January –  » Read more

Both Sides Now

Photo by Ocean’s Reach guest Julie Puckett


Rows and flows of angel hair
And ice cream castles in the air
And feather canyons everywhere
I’ve looked at clouds that way.


But now they only block the sun
They rain and snow on everyone
So many things I would have done
But clouds got in my way.

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I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now
From up and down and still somehow
It’s cloud’s illusions I recall
I really don’t know clouds at all.

Spaghetti Time!

Throwback photo of our “we-can’t-do-without-him” IT guru, James, enjoying the annual Kiwanis Spaghetti Dinner with his beautiful daughter in 2016.  

It’s that time again!

The annual Kiwanis Spaghetti Dinner will feature an all-you-can-eat Italian feast, with pasta, meatballs, salad, garlic bread, wine and sodas as well as raffles, a live auction and a silent auction at The Community House on Saturday, February 23. Dinner is served from 4 to 8 p.m.  » Read more

Our New Beach Cam!

Now you don’t have to wait until your next visit to Ocean’s Reach to get a taste of Sanibel!

Just click onto our new Beach Cam instead, and get that “sand in my toes” feeling anytime!

Our new webcam has been programmed to capture the sunrise each morning, as well as pan across our gorgeous shell-strewn beach throughout the rest of the day.

Want to just gaze at the glorious Gulf of Mexico each day?   » Read more

How Do I Love Thee?

How do I love thee?

Let me count the ways!


Many thanks to longtime guest Julie P. from Troy, OH for sharing her “colors” from her latest visit, as she calls them.  She wrote:

“The Colors from last week in front of Oceans Reach are unbelievable. Thank you guys for all you do to make us shell-crazy people so happy and relaxed when we visit.   » Read more

Hop on the Bus!

Photo from DAAS CO-OP Art Gallery

BIG ARTS is hitting the road!

On Wednesday, March 20, you’re invited aboard the “BIG ARTS Cultural Party Bus” to visit many of Fort Myers’ most prominent art galleries.

Scheduled stops include the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery, The Alliance for the Arts, DAAS CO-OP Art Gallery, Marcus Jansen’s Unit A and lunch at The Edison. Each visit will include a tour and talk.  » Read more

A Little Wiser

Photo by Paul Bannick.
Snowy Owls lay eggs over many days, usually with a day or more between each, resulting in youngsters of various ages.


Award-winning author and wildlife photographer Paul Bannick will present a program featuring video, sound, stories from the field, and dozens of new images from his new book: Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls at special presentations at J.N.  » Read more

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