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Merry Breakfast!


Just going through our favorite Christmas pix and thought you’d like to see this one from the Over Easy Café!

Our guests know that, at Over Easy, they can savor the flavor from homemade muffins, pancakes and omelets to delicious stuffed french toast! You can enjoy their amazing, luscious breakfast or brunch dishes anytime between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. (remember, you’re on vacation). So rise early or rise late but gather your gang over at the “Over Easy”  » Read more

What a Haul!

Well, you can’t find all this in Minnesota!

One of our owners’ sons, Tim S., couldn’t believe his good luck during his recent holiday visit. He said he found seven — yes, seven! — huge Horse Conchs this time around, in addition to a table-sized collection of more beautiful shells.

Wonder if he bought a new suitcase to take them all home?  » Read more

Free Refuge Programs


Every Tuesday from Jan. 3 through April 23, Calusa Shell Mound Trail guided tours run continuously from noon to 2 p.m.

Free refuge programs begin Jan. 3

From birding and biking the refuge, to learning about manatees and venomous wildlife, the seasonal calendar of free programs and tours at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge begins on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, and runs through April 23.  » Read more

A Time Gone By

Pictured here is an early 1950’s image of Bill Shannon in front of his palm frond house. He and his wife, Mae, opened the Sunshine Cafe on Palm Avenue (now Andy Rosse Lane) on Captiva Island in 1951.

The History Gallery, developed by the Captiva Island Historical Society, features many photos like this. All ages are welcome to step aboard a wooden replica of the old mailboat, Santiva,  » Read more

365 New Pages


“Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.”

                                                     – Brad Paisley

Happy New Year from your friends at Ocean’s Reach!  » Read more

Audubon Society Update


Photo of barn swallow courtesy of the Sanibel-Captiva Audubon Society.

As many of our guests know, the weekly Sanibel-Captiva Audubon Society presentations held each year during season are some of the most well-attended lectures of the year.

The 2017 Sanibel-Captiva Audubon Society presentations are scheduled to be held at The Community House, located at 2173 Periwinkle Way. However, Community House renovations may not be completed in time for the early part of the schedule.  » Read more

Eye-Catching Photo


                                                                                                  Photo courtesy of Edison National Bank

What an “eye-catching” photo!

Taken by Paris Thompson, an 8th grade student at Cypress Lake Middle School in Fort Myers, it was announced as the winner of their annual Student Nature Photography Contest, sponsored by Edison National Bank in cooperation with the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society.

Earlier in the school year, Cypress Lake Middle School students visited the JN “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge,  » Read more

The Audubon Christmas Count is In!


The Sanibel-Captiva Audubon Society conducted its annual Christmas Bird Count on Saturday, Dec. 17.

The 136 birdwatchers split into groups and combed Sanibel and Captiva. They came in with 10,935 birds spread across 99 different bird species.

This year’s count of total birds is smaller than last year when 129 birders tallied more than 14,000 birds, but the species count is higher than last year’s 88 and just slightly below the 102 species seen in 2014.  » Read more

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