Happy Birthday, Lisa!!


Happy Birthday to the brightest star in our office!

As many of our guests know, Lisa is one of the main reasons why Ocean’s Reach is so special.  She makes everyone feel at home, and her helpful and can-do attitude is truly inspiring.

We’re so very fortunate to have such a wonderful friend and talented colleague who makes coming to work so enjoyable.  » Read more

Are You Smarter Than a 6th Grader?


Are you smarter than a 6th grader?  Maybe not one from Sanibel!

According to our friends at the Santiva Chronicle:

Marine biologists at the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum recently wrapped up their annual five-week Shell Studies program for The Sanibel School’s 6th grade students.

The program is designed to introduce students to mollusks, the animals that create shells,  » Read more

Let’s Go Fly a Kite


Relaxing on Sanibel is all about appreciating the simple things … like watching a colorful kite stream across the sky.

Longtime guest Bob P. from Plymouth MN should be a familiar face to guests who stay at Ocean’s Reach from January through March, as they’ll frequently see him flying kites of all shapes and sizes along the beach.

Flying a kite oftentimes brings about a feeling of calmness and tranquility by shifting your focus away from the daily stresses of life.   » Read more

History of Island Religion


The Sanibel Historical Museum and Village will host its second Twilight Talk of the season, “God and Sanibel: The History of Religion on the Island,” on April 5 at 7 p.m. at The Community House, at 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.

Sanibel theologian and conservationist Dr. Ran Niehoff will be the featured speaker.  He will examine the universal questions of meaning, along with the history of various religious groups on Sanibel and Captiva.   » Read more

Beachcombing Gems


The article Hidden Treasure: The Best Shores For Beachcombing features beaches around the world that offer hidden gems waiting to be uncovered.

Not surprising, the list includes Sanibel Island, with the description:

Florida is a top destination for travelers looking for a healthy dose of fun in the sun.  Warm waters kiss the stunning shorelines.  In the distance, the bright blue sky meets the water of an ocean that seems to go on forever.  » Read more

Snow Shelling


Love this photo from longtime guests Bill and Marcia C. from Elgin, IL who stay with us every January and February.

They write:  “After getting home to Elgin, we have found that shelling in the snow is just not as much fun as doing it on the beach.”  » Read more

Have a feeling that many people agree!

Play Ball!

Photo from Ballparks of Baseball


As sport fans undoubtedly know, the recently-resolved MLB lockout threw a major wrench into the 2022 Spring Training schedule.  Instead of a leisurely six-week stroll toward the season, players now have about three weeks of games to get themselves ready to “Play Ball!” before Opening Day at their home fields.

Both the Red Sox and Twins have their Spring Training facilities near by,  » Read more

2022 Ding Darling Day


Postponed from October 2021 because of a COVID surge, the 33rd Annual “Ding” Darling Day migrates to Lakes Park in Fort Myers on Sunday, April 24.  This year, the Refuge will jointly observe both “Ding” Day and Earth Day (which falls on April 22) with a “Conservation Carnival” celebration.

The decision to move the popular event off-island this year reflects “Ding” Darling’s participation in the Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership,  » Read more

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