In Praise of Shadows


From our friends at BIG ARTS:  

In a stressful and deeply challenging time, artist Ran Adler offers us a beautiful, peaceful and inspiring exhibit experience.

“In Praise of Shadows,” featuring his organic sculpture work, is on display in the Dunham Family Gallery through March 14.  You can also experience the show from the comfort of your own home by visiting,  » Read more

Private Refuge Tours

Pre-pandemic photo


Now you can have Sanibel Island’s most-visited attraction all to yourself!

“Ding” Darling has received the green light to offer socially distanced tours of the popular wildlife refuge for groups of 10 people or less.

There’s no set schedule, so please monitor their Eventbrite page to see what staff and volunteers are currently offering and to sign up for tours through April 11.  » Read more

A Penny for Your Thoughts!


It’s always fun when our guests find one of the colorfully-painted shells left in inconspicuous places around the island by the Sanibel Shells group.

In this case, it’s one of our very favorite guests ever — Penny M. from Jupiter, FL — who, along with her best friend, Fay F., have been visiting us several times each year for the past 15 years.   » Read more

Top Warm Weather Destination


Extra!  Extra!

Fort Myers has been named the top warm weather destination for 2021 by Frontier Airlines customers in a recent vote that pitted the city against Phoenix, Miami, Sarasota, Florida and Tampa, Florida.

“With its stunning beaches, outstanding dining options and fun vacation vibe, it’s no wonder Fort Myers took the top spot,” said Tyri Squyres, vice president of marketing, Frontier Airlines.  » Read more

Art That Speaks Your Name


From our friends at the Island Reporter:

The Sanibel-Captiva Art League will host its Annual Art Fair — formerly known as the Clothesline Sale — tomorrow, Feb. 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.

A much-anticipated and popular exhibition, this year promises to be filled with energy and color.

Approximately 30 of the islands’ artists will display their creative passions.  » Read more

Here, There and Everywhere!

Photos courtesy of guest Marion B. from New York, NY!


Our guests are having a great time discovering the 15 playfully painted manatee sculptures around the island, all part of the “Manatee Madness” fundraiser benefiting affordable housing programs on Sanibel provided by Community Housing and Resources (CHR).

The CHR manatees have been transformed into whimsical, patriotic and passionate objects of art,  » Read more



One of our Ocean’s Reach owners — Robert M. from Carmel, IN — sent us this photo of “a friend by the pool.”

Woodpeckers are indeed colorful and beautiful birds, and a bit addictive to watch.

Did you know?  Between feeding, excavating nest cavities and drumming, woodpeckers can peck up to 20 times per second, or a total of 8,000 –  » Read more

Digging for Shell Fossils


Members of the Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club recently participated in a quarry dig to assist University of Florida scientists and representatives from the UF Natural History Museum.

The field research, completed at a quarry south of Arcadia that is closed to visitors, yielded a noteworthy collection of shell fossils, including an amazing find of a fossil junonia.

Over three days,  » Read more

“Songs from the Sand”

Photo of Sheena Brook courtesy of


Watch our tropical sun setting and enjoy some wonderful acoustic music as the Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel welcome Sheena Brook to the first Songs from the Sand virtual concert series  on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. (EST).

Inspired from the popular Songs from the Sofa online concerts on Instagram Live,  » Read more

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