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Easter Surprise

Sweeter than jellybeans and marshmallow treats is this enchanting story perfectly timed for the arrival of the Easter Bunny!

These two young guests from Campbell Hall, NY, have been hopping all over Ocean’s Reach this week. Imagine their surprise when they discovered two young marsh rabbits tucked as far out of sight as possible underneath the corn hole toss game they were playing.  » Read more

Sweet Solitude

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SWEET SOLITUDE

Nothing can be sweeter than sitting by your sweetie watching the day go by.

A tender breeze, a canopy of gold,
Focused on forever.

Infinite trust through test and time,
Responds in waves of silence.

Life is still. Life is here.

On the beach at Ocean’s Reach.  » Read more

Guess Who Came to Town?

Even politicians crave the beauty and relaxation of Sanibel.

The island has been abuzz since Vice President Mike Pence and his wife arrived this past weekend for vacation, attending service Sunday morning at the Sanibel Community Church and enjoying dinner at the Timbers Restaurant that evening.

One lucky Ocean’s Reach guest dining at the same restaurant, Jason R from Springfield VA,  » Read more

Spring Bargains at the Ark

Each weekday, long before the doors to Noah’s Ark open at 9:30 a.m., a crowd gathers in the parking lot. Looking for bargains, the shoppers, arranged in an orderly line, often greet one another and Ark volunteers with hugs.

Noah’s Ark, an operation of St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church, is popular with islanders, many of whom visit the shop nearly every day and know one another by name.  » Read more

LEGO Man!

David Ortiz and Andy

It’s a famous pose. David Ortiz crosses home plate, puts his hands up, and points his fingers to the sky. If you’re a die hard Boston Red Sox fan, you’ve seen this stance before. 534 times to be exact.

Befitting his larger-than-life personality, a larger-than-life-size model of “Big Papi” — constructed of 34,510 LEGO bricks! — greeted baseball fans (including Andy, pictured) this spring at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers,  » Read more

Sobczak, predators wind up ‘Ding’ lecture series 2017

Sanibel author Charles Sobczak will address predation at his “Ding” lecture.

Sobczak, predators wind up ‘Ding’ lecture series 2017

Charles Sobczak, author of Alligators, Sharks, & Panthers: Deadly Encounters with Florida’s Top Predator — Man, will be presenting two programs at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Friday, April 14, as the finale to the 2017 “Ding” Darling Lecture Series at J.N.  » Read more

Another Great Year of Spring Training

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Minnesota Twins 2

Fort Myers is blessed with not one, but two major league teams that take up winter residence to prepare for a successful baseball season.

The Minnesota Twins call Hammond Stadium “home” for six weeks each spring, opening up their practice games to thousands of spectators.

Since Ocean’s Reach hosts many Minnesota snowbirds, we thought you’d like to see one of your favorite players in action,  » Read more

Bike and Breakfast

walking Sanibel

biking Sanibel

Sanibel Farmer’s Market shoppers are encouraged to hop on their bike and “go green” Sunday mornings from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Load your goodies in your bike basket or backpack.  If you can’t wait until you get back to home base, have a picnic at City Hall — after all, the temptation of homemade entrées, desserts, snacks and healthy fruits, vegetables, baked goods and pizzas may be too much to overcome!    » Read more

Prepare for Liftoff!

Flyboarding

A fun article by David Rohn at The Santiva Chronicle:

If sunning, swimming, surfboarding or building sandcastles is getting to be old hat, there’s an emerging activty that might add a little excitement to your next trip down to the beach.

It is flyboarding.

Locally, flyboarding has been spotted off the beaches of Captiva near the Mucky Duck,  » Read more

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