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Your Daily Beach Therapy from Ocean's Reach

More than Sandcastles

sand building memories

On our beach, there’s more than castles in the sand. A little imagination and a little digging creates memories for the whole family to enjoy.

It’s the season for family spring vacations when our beach becomes a backyard of fun and games, and we’re always amazed at the creativity displayed.

There’s still plenty of time to join us this year at Ocean’s Reach.  So what are you waiting for?    » Read more

Take a Beach Break


Birds need a rest, too. When you feel the need to fly away and relax on a sunny beach, then follow the lead of these shorebirds. Commonly found on the Sanibel shoreline, Willets are large and stocky birds with long legs and thick, straight bills. Their black wings are broader than most shorebirds and have visually striking broad white stripes.

Make tracks and join these birds on the warm,  » Read more

A Rite of Spring

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red sox

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Red Sox fans swing over to Fort Myers’ JetBlue Park to see their home team warm up and work out. It’s official! February and March are spring training months and every game is a sell out!

All you Boston based Red Sox fans, follow your dreams and head to Ocean’s Reach to stay and see your team in action under sunny,  » Read more

A “Ding Darling” First!

2016 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Judging

The current Junior Duck Stamp features two wood ducks drawn by Andrew Kneeland of Wyoming.

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Jaye Boswell, “Mother of the Junior Duck Stamp Program” (center), accepted an award last fall for her JDS work from Supervisory Refuge Ranger Toni Westland (left) and Florida JDS Coordinator Becky Larkins. Boswell still participates in Florida-wide competitions at “Ding” Darling, where the state judging is held annually.  » Read more

A Bountiful Garden

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The Sanibel Historical Village is sharing the bounty from its garden with FISH (Friends In Service Here), to help them help people in need.

The village’s garden produces tomatoes, cabbage, beans, peas, radishes, turnips, rutabaga, and more. “We have the garden as a way to demonstrate that Sanibel was not always a tourist economy but started as an agricultural community,” said museum manager Emilie Alfino.  » Read more

Daily Treasures

shelling treasures

Taking care of one’s shelling treasures is not a daily chore but a labor of love. Our guest, Debbie, has been collecting shells for many years at Ocean’s Reach and enjoys spending time at our shell station where she can fondly prepare her collection for artistic display.  » Read more

Randy Wayne White’s Longtime Tradition

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A recent article by Charles Runnells of the News-Press:

Randy Wayne White has been saying it for years in his books: “Thanks to my sons for helping me finish another novel.”

And he’s not speaking euphemistically, either. His sons, Lee and Rogan, really “do” help him finish every single Doc Ford and Hannah Smith thriller.

The family tradition started way back in 1990 with White’s first Doc Ford novel,  » Read more

Gator Dinner!

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Courtesy of Sarah, Wiles, Amy and Scott J. — Joan R.’s extremely talented grandkids!

Wonder if they’ve heard this one from Lemony Snicket?

If an optimist had his left arm chewed off by an alligator, he might say in a pleasant and hopeful voice, “Well this isn’t too bad, I don’t have a left arm anymore but at least nobody will ever ask me if I’m left-handed or right-handed,”  » Read more

Easter Blessings

Easter Blessings

May the glory and promise of Easter radiate in our lives each day.

From all of us at Ocean’s Reach,

we wish you a most blessed and joyful day!


Thanks to our friends at Sanibel Community Church for the gorgeous photo!  » Read more

Inspired by Love

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An alluring work of art is inspired by a historic icon, the Sanibel Lighthouse, and love for a family member.

Our guest, Susan, shares a picture of “the gorgeous stained glass artwork” her sister-in-law Debbie and brother Greg, made for her and exclaims, “What a work of love! They’ve stayed at Ocean’s Reach twice and are all looking forward to coming back in the fall.”

Thank you,  » Read more

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