Lights Out for Sea Turtles!


The Darker the Beach, The Brighter their Future!

Today marks the official start of the 2022 Sea Turtle Season, and as with every year, hundreds of sea turtle nests will soon be laid on the beaches of Sanibel and Captiva islands.

Sea turtle monitoring began on Sanibel in the 1950s, making it one of the longest-running monitoring programs in the country.   » Read more

Every Kid Outdoors


As part of the federal Every Kid Outdoors initiative, the J.N. “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge is issuing free annual passes to any fourth-grade student and homeschool equivalent in the U.S. during the current school year.

The passes are available and valid through August 2022 at all national wildlife refuges, national parks and national forests, and provide free admission for every fourth grader, accompanying siblings up to age 15,  » Read more

Cooking Up Fun


Vacations are the time to try out all sorts of new adventures, including those in the kitchen!

Enjoy a fun night out while learning new culinary skills at Kitchen Social, located just a little over a half hour away from Ocean’s Reach.

Avoiding the industrial feel of most cooking schools, here the cooking suites put a high value on comfort.  Each cooking station is equipped with a professional knife set,  » Read more

Ahoy, Mateys!


Climb aboard Pieces of Eight, a 65-foot replica of a Spanish galleon, and join a crew of hearty pirates as you “Yo Ho Ho!” your way to a delightful sail through the Gulf of Mexico.

During the 90-minute interactive comedy adventure cruise, sea dogs can explore the upper and lower decks or take a break inside the pirate pub, where a full bar is stocked with beverages.  » Read more

Kite Whispering


Kite Whispering


My friend is a kite whisperer

and his kite whispers back to him

along two thin silver gossamer strings

climbing the notes of the breeze

dancing without care

a playful tango of large fast spirals and figure 8’s

a slow waltz with gentle quivers and soft low flutters above the ground

my friend is a kite whisper

and his kite whispers back to him

each whisper a dance,  » Read more

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