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 SoundCloud.com


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

A “True” Snowbird

Photo by David Shipper


While Florida is host to many year-round resident birds, we also enjoy welcoming our “true” snowbirds!

Southwest Florida is a popular winter destination for migratory Ruby–throated Hummingbirds (Archilochus colubris).

Did you know these fun facts about hummingbirds?

1. They are the smallest migrating bird. They don’t migrate in flocks like other species,  » Read more

Heartfelt Romance

Photo by Amir Abramovich


Wishing you a romantic Valentine’s weekend!

Thought you’d enjoy a photo of heartfelt romance, Sanibel-style.

Did you know that when seahorses find a mate, they wrap their tails around each other so that the tide doesn’t drift them apart?

In addition, seahorse couples greet each other with a unique “dance” every morning where they promenade and pirouette together,  » Read more

Old-Fashioned Romance

Our Stars Aligned by Pamela Boynton


Popular from 1830-1890, geometric mosaics known as “Sailors’ Valentines” were brought back home to a special someone when a sailor returned from a voyage at sea.

Made by gluing hundreds of shells onto cotton batting, and framing the work with octagonal cases of wood and glass, the designs incorporated hearts, flowers, and nautical symbols such as anchors or compass roses.   » Read more

All to Yourself


Another new program to enjoy, courtesy of the pandemic!

Private guided tours are now available at the Edison and Ford Winter Estates, offering families an ideal way to ensure that they will not be on a tour with other tourists.

Two tour focus options are available, including the Historian-led Private Guided Tour and the Private Garden Tour with a Horticulturist. Masks are required on all guided tours.  » Read more

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