Simply Mesmerizing

multi-sensory Van Gogh Alive exhibition


A “Must See” alert!

Following its stellar success in Europe, Asia and Australia, the multi-sensory Van Gogh Alive exhibition is now available to experience at the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg through April 11, 2021.

The exhibition features more than 3,000 Van Gogh images at enormous scale, viewed through high-definition projectors and synchronized to a powerful classical score.   » Read more

“Most Vertical Person on Earth”

Photo of Dr. Kathryn Sullivan


The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) announced that Dr. Kathryn Sullivan will talk about her career as “the most vertical person on Earth” at the 3rd Annual Paul McCarthy Memorial Lecture Series via Zoom. The 45-minute lecture will be offered live on Thursday, February 4 at 5:30 p.m.

“We are honored to have Dr. Sullivan share her fascinating story of being the first person to both orbit the planet and reach its deepest point,” SCCF Chief Executive Officer Ryan Orgera said.  » Read more

400 Rabbits


Sanibel’s newest restaurant is hopping!

No pun intended, but 400 Rabbits — which calls itself a “Mexican Kitchen and Tequilaria” — has finally opened after much anticipation.

It’s owned by Debra and Jeramie Campana, who also own the Paper Fig Kitchen at Tahitian Gardens.  Alongside award-winning Chef Don Yamauchi, they’re bringing freshness and comida deliciosa to the island,  » Read more

“The Smog of the Sea”


The ninth annual “Ding” Darling Film Series will kick off on Wednesday, January 20, with “The Smog of the Sea,” a 30-minute documentary chronicling a week-long journey to the remote waters of the Sargasso Sea in search of the legendary plastic “garbage patches.”

This year’s series is adapting to distancing and pandemic safety protocols with virtual airings and follow-up discussions via Zoom.

The film is available for viewing anytime day of,  » Read more




Every winter, a spotlight shines on the small town of Plant City, as that is when Florida strawberries are ripe and ready to be picked!

Not only is this charming town as quintessential as it gets, but from December to March, people descend on Plant City to score some seriously fresh fruit.  In fact, it’s known as the “Winter Strawberry Capital of the World”  » Read more

Natives in the Garden

Beach Glass Kaleidoscope

“Beach Glass Kaleidoscope” by Ray Yarema


“Natives In The Garden” is the theme of a new show that will open on Tuesday, January 19 at the Bailey Homestead Preserve.

Weather-resistant outdoor art will be on display in the gardens, representative of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation’s mission to protect and care for Southwest Florida’s coastal ecosystems.  Local artists highlight SCCF’s efforts to conserve coastal habitats,  » Read more

Back to Our Roots


Coastal Watch wants everyone to understand just how important a role mangroves play in the ecosystem surrounding Sanibel and Captiva islands.

Mangroves are a vital source of energy, provide nursery habitats for juvenile fish and nesting habitats for wading birds, stabilize shorelines by reducing erosion and are a buffer against storm damage.  Many people are familiar with these iconic trees, but few may understand how tightly linked they are to the marine ecosystem in Southwest Florida.  » Read more

Manatee Madness is Here!


Manatee Madness is here!

Fifteen manatee sculptures, transformed into works of color and beauty by local artists, have been placed across the city of Sanibel as part of the Community Housing and Resources’ Manatee Madness fundraiser.

The inspiration began as an idea that CHR Executive Director Melissa Rice had been contemplating for years based on the painted “cow parades.” In this case,  » Read more

A New Family Adventure!

Family on a boat


Starting this month, Sanibel Sea School will begin offering family boat-based private sessions!  Boat-based private sessions are a great way to join Sanibel Sea School’s marine science educators and expert captains to learn about and explore the pristine areas of Sanibel’s surrounding waters.

Boat-based private sessions can be fully customized to suit group members’ ages and interests.  Educators can discuss barrier island ecology, or even topics such as mangrove forests,  » Read more

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