The Value of Outdoor Education


Not every classroom has four walls.  

At J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, educational opportunities are almost endless.  You can even incorporate the latest smart phone technology into your summer nature learning explorations!

For instance, geo-caching is one way to engage your kids with electronics in the great outdoors.  Our friends at Ding Darling offer an Earth-Cache that you can find at » Read more

Random Acts of Greenness


These past months during the pandemic have seen a sharp rise in takeout food from restaurants and other outlets.  From an environmental standpoint, this has amounted to thousands of tons of waste, much of it plastic or foam products.

Lighten your load on the universe by requesting restaurants to “hold the plastic utensils” when you’re taking your food home to eat (or bring your own cutlery along).  » Read more

A Growing Catalog


Think of Shellcast as a beach break for your ears!  The podcast, produced by our local tourism bureau, gives listeners a chance to soak up some virtual sun and learn more about our slice of paradise.

Listeners from around in the world have tuned in to experience the sounds of our destination’s beaches, nature and interviews with local experts.

And the Shellcast catalog continues to grow!   » Read more

Ocean Tribe Paddlers


From the Island Reporter:

Through monthly paddling meet-ups on our local waters, Ocean Tribe Paddlers club members gather on paddleboards and kayaks to enjoy the ocean together. Paddling in San Carlos Bay, mangrove bayou at Bowman’s Beach and through the winding Sanibel canals, paddlers set out each month to experience the local wildlife the island has to offer.

Over the last two years,  » Read more

New Air Service Announced


Sun Country Airlines is adding new flights to Southwest Florida starting late this year, which means that more affordable flight options will soon be available for our guests from the Upper Midwest.

The airlines is adding Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) to its routes from Minneapolis starting mid-December.

Also around that time, new seasonal flights to Fort Myers (RSW) will start from Milwaukee, Duluth and Green Bay,  » Read more

The Countdown is On!


The countdown has started!

Returning September 17 – 26, 2021, the award-winning Island Hopper Songwriter Fest will once again feature hundreds of amazing songs from the very people who wrote them.  The 7th annual festival takes place over 10 days and offers a range of star-studded performances by some of country music’s greatest singer-songwriters from Nashville and beyond.

It kicks off on Captiva Island Sept.  » Read more

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