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Art to Save the Sea

On exhibit for the first time in Southwest Florida, Naples Zoo presents Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea through April 21, 2019. Made entirely of plastic debris collected from beaches, the colorful and dramatic sculptures of marine animals represent the more than 315 billion pounds of plastic in oceans today and underscore the need for wildlife conservation.

Naples Zoo will showcase eleven larger-than-life sculptures of marine life.  » Read more

Soak Up the Sun!

Photo by guest William Cameron

If you’re starting to tire of the shorter days and the evenings that start so early, head to Sanibel Island this winter to extend your daylight hours!

As guests of Ocean’s Reach know, we get well over an hour more daylight than our northern friends, being closer in proximity to the equator.

So what are you waiting for?   » Read more

Preserving Island History

Historic photographs by Charlie McCullough chronicle the Woodring home and family on Sanibel Island. Credit:

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Woodring home, now encompassed within J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge boundaries, come visit the special two-month-long, free Woodring 100th Anniversary Exhibition.  

The exhibition’s free public unveiling will take place at 9 a.m.  » Read more

Bursting at the Seams!

Bursting at the seams with some of the richest threads of old America, Bumper Jacksons bring you into the center of a party where everyone’s invited and the dance floor never sleeps.

Bumper Jacksons are hot and sweet, painting America’s story from the streets of New Orleans to Appalachian hollers. The Bumper Jacksons’ elegantly balance sound pays homage to the traditions while fashioning their own unique,  » Read more

What Beautiful Creations!


Imagine our surprise and delight to see our sand castle featured in your blog (Dec 21)!

We had so much fun during our family’s vacation at Ocean’s Reach that we are all coming back again next year.

We are happy to know that other people liked our creation and we look forward to making some more memories and some more castles in the years to come!     » Read more

Simply Shelltacular!


Thanks so much for sharing your truly shelltacular find, Lori!   As they say, after a storm the sun always shines … and the shells wash ashore!

For those who may not know, we had an extremely rare “meteotsunami” during your recent visit a couple of weeks ago.  (Not to be confused with a tsumani, a meteotsunami consists of large waves caused by air pressure disturbances and quick-moving storms,  » Read more

Band of Brothers

With a style they define as “grassical” music – a combination of bluegrass and classical — The DePue Brothers Band will soon take the stage at the BIG ARTS Schein Hall on Jan 12.

Their father is the renowned pianist and prolific composer Wallace DePue Sr., who played musical taskmaster as the boys were growing up.

The band features Wallace Jr.  » Read more

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