In a Flip-Flop State of Mind.

Your Daily Beach Therapy from Ocean's Reach

Score Junonia!

junonia with shelling brothers

The shelling brothers return!

These energetic siblings from Dexter, MI, have been turning over shells in the sand for eight years at Ocean’s Reach and this week hit the jackpot. Following one of our dramatic summer thunderstorms, the two set out for a shell hunt. They looked down and made quite a find — a junonia!

The junonia is a deep-water species commonly found in 60 to 120 feet of water.    » Read more

Bye Bye Blues

aerial view of Sanibel

Our own Lisa gazes down and over Sanibel from the window seat of a jet plane heading west.

While looking forward to a visit seeing her daughters in the Seattle area, she was delighted to report blue skies and blue water as far as the eye could see!

Isn’t it time for you to enjoy our beach blues?  » Read more

Private Refuge Tour with Renowned Bird Authors

Don and Lillian Stokes

Nationally acclaimed bird authors, TV personalities, and longtime Sanibel Island winter residents Don and Lillian Stokes will again contribute their time and expertise to lead two fundraising birders tram tours at the J.N. “Ding” Darling Refuge on the morning of February 10, 2017.

Wildlife Drive is normally closed on Fridays, meaning tour participants will have the birds and the Stokes to themselves. Lillian Stokes will speak about and demonstrate bird photography on one of the trams,  » Read more

Storyteller Extraordinaire

Windell Campbell storyteller 1,jpg

Windell Campbell storyteller 2

A recent article in the “Island Reporter” by Ashley Goodman describes yet another special gentleman in our island community:

As soon as Windell Campbell took the stage at the Sanibel Public Library recently, the entire audience was mesmerized. Not a single eye wandered. During his hour-long storytelling presentation, Campbell acted out scenes with the help of puppets from a variety of beloved children’s books.  » Read more

Awesome Rainbow

rainbow July 31st 2016

Just look at the photo Jill D. — one of our favorite longtime guests from Dexter, MI — captured during her stay at Oceans’ Reach recently.

Jill wrote: “Caught a cool pic of the rainbow last night (July 31st), and wanted to share! Love this majestic place!”

Thanks so much, Jill — Looking forward to your next visit!  » Read more

Sister Mermaids Return!

mermaid sisters 2

Our beach is a mermaid magnet! We’ve had three sightings this
year alone. Yet sister mermaids are a rarity.

These beautiful mermaids, Lyndsey and Sydney, are back for a summer visit
along with their handsome brother, Zachary.

We caught up with the mermaids when they washed ashore for some sun and smiles. And according to their grandma, when not swimming with their fins in the ocean,  » Read more

Clear Your Gear

Clear Your Gear

Volunteers representing the Mono-filament Busters conservation group recently oversaw the installation of five new mono-filament fishing line recycling stations, expanding the scope of the islands’ three-year-old “Clear Your Gear” campaign.

Clear Your Gear, a collaborative effort among Sanibel and Captiva conservation organizations, aims to reduce the amount of mono-filament line and fishing gear left in our environment, which is very often detrimental to wildlife.

Bird, reptiles,  » Read more

Become a Shell Ambassador!

Shell Ambassador

A New Way to Volunteer: Hit the Beach as a Shell Ambassador

It isn’t exactly a uniform, but the bright blue shirts and hats with yellow lettering identify the newest category of volunteers for the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum: Shell Ambassadors. When volunteers wear their Ambassador apparel to the beach, they’ll not only be enjoying the surf, sun, and shells, they’ll also be available to answer questions and identify shells.  » Read more

Sign Up to Receive Special Offers