National Seashell Day


Celebrate National Seashell Day with us this Sunday, June 20th!

Our friends at The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel remind us:

Thanks to the geography of our islands, hundreds of species of unbroken shells roll onto our shores and into your reach.

Shells have a way of transforming into treasured memories when they’re held in your hand.  » Read more

Exploring Ten Thousand Islands

Photo from Flickr Diana Robinson


Several of our guests recently have been telling us how much they enjoyed their day trips down to the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge.

Located between Marco Island and Everglades City, the 35,000-acre refuge is a labyrinth of mangrove islands, winding channels, grassy marshes, sandy beaches and shallow bays.  It’s where the waters of the Everglades meet the Gulf Coast,  » Read more

Little Masked Bandits


These little fellas are just so darn cute that we had to share!

Baby raccoons (these were found in an attic recently after their trapped mother was removed) are often taken to CROW where they’ll be cared of until they’re potentially able to return to the wild.

Bet you didn’t know … that there was once a raccoon named Rebecca who lived with Calvin Coolidge for part of his presidency.   » Read more

Islands Night is Back!


Tickets to tomorrow’s 27th Annual Sam Bailey’s Islands Night are available throughout the community.

For this year’s game, the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels will go up against the Lakeland Flying Tigers on June 16 at 7 p.m. at the Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers. The gates will open at 6 p.m.

The tradition was started over two decades ago by Sam Bailey, whose descendants own and operate Bailey’s General Store on Sanibel,  » Read more

Birdwatchers Alert!


For guests who love to bring their binoculars to search out our fine-feathered friends while on vacation, the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation has recently compiled a new comprehensive Bird Species List for the islands.

The 2021 list includes nearly 300 species that have been observed on Sanibel and Captiva islands, from New World warblers and owls to plovers and nightjars.

“We just wanted to have a document for people to use for birds to see while they’re here and have it pretty comprehensive,” SCCF shorebird biologist Audrey Albrecht said.  » Read more

A Tale of Two Islands



Did you know Sanibel Island is about the same size as Manhattan, New York?

Manhattan is 13.4 miles long and 2.3 miles wide. Sanibel is around 12 miles long and 3 miles at its widest.  Both islands measure roughly 33 square miles.

But the similarities certainly end there … See for yourself!


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