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Cooking Classes on Tap

Chef Jarred Harris

Beginning this month, Resident Chef Jarred Harris will have cooking classes on tap at the Sanibel Community House all summer long.

On June 15, Harris will begin his three-week cooking series entitled “Healthy Cooking at Home.” Harris said that the inspiration for the majority of his cooking classes comes from meals that he cooks for his family at home.  » Read more

The Line Up!

Our guests line up to bask in the blessings of the sea — warm rays of sunshine, soft sea breezes, tones of lapping waves and water views that stretch beyond the horizon.

It’s a lineup befitting the best of Mother Nature.  And it can be yours, as well, at Ocean’s Reach this summer, where we look forward to helping make your next reservation soon.

As always,  » Read more

Lorena’s Little Girl

Watching Jennifer grow into such a beautiful, intelligent young lady right in front of our eyes has melted our hearts.

We are very proud of both Jennifer and her mom Lorena, our lead housekeeper, for this teen’s hard work and academic achievements.

Graduating from the 8th grade with all A’s on her report card (including Advanced Algebra) and top scores on state and national tests,  » Read more

Sprinkled with Love

It’s the most delightful doughnut-ful day of the week!

On Sanibel, you can follow an irresistible bakery aroma across the island and pretty much find anything that can be glazed, drizzled, frosted or sprinkled.

We dare you to head over to the Sanibel Island Bakery at Bailey’s General Store and just try to make a selection.  Known for both their Cronut,  » Read more

An Extra Layer of Protection


As many of our blog readers know, we take Sea Turtle Nesting Season very seriously around here.  Baby sea turtles face numerous threats both on land and in water, and only 1 in 1,000 of this endangered species will survive to adulthood.

Many islanders work diligently to help make a difference through conservation efforts with the SCCF Sea Turtle Program.  » Read more

Eat, Play, Sleep

We’re happy to report that our osprey family is enjoying their new home at Ocean’s Reach.  The two babies are growing stronger every day!

After a three-year hiatus (due in part to eagles using the platform as their dining table), we were delighted to welcome the young family to our property.  

The thriving birds are a popular attraction and constant source of amusement for our nature-loving,  » Read more

So Sweet, Indeed!

Sweet Melissa’s Café, a “must go again” for many of our guests, has been named as one of the top 10 restaurants in South Florida by USA Today.

Landing at number five on the list of the Best Restaurants in South Florida, USA Today touts the restaurant’s creative menu that is packed with fresh, local produce, seafood, beef and everything in-between.  » Read more

Shop, Dine, Rhythm and Wine

Now there’s yet another in a long line of reasons to visit one of our favorite shopping hubs on the island, Periwinkle Place!

Shoppers will be will be treated to live entertainment, complimentary refreshments, and special savings from participating stores every Thursday night in June and July from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

The “Shop, Dine, Rhythm and Wine”  » Read more

World Oceans Day

The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum will celebrate World Oceans Day its own way: on Wednesday, June 8, from 7 to 9 a.m., the shell museum staff along with their Shell Ambassadors will hold a clean up at Bunche Beach, located at 18201 John Morris Road, just across the Sanibel Causeway in Fort Myers. The public is invited to join in as well.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency,  » Read more

Scenes from Sanibel #14

“Oceans Reach is a great place to relax. Love it here!”

Thanks to our longtime guest, Moriah N., from Chillicothe, Ohio, for these gorgeous pics.

An Ocean’s Reach sunset never fails to impress!


Should you have any photos you’d like to share, please email them to

Today’s Guest Photographer: Moriah N.  » Read more

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