The annual Kiwanis Spaghetti Dinner, coming this year on Saturday, Feb. 27, to the Sanibel Community House has been a must-do event for islanders and guests for well over 30 years.
This most scrumptious of island traditions features an all-you-can-eat Italian treat, capped off by the Kiwanis’ acclaimed “secret recipe” spaghetti sauce. Tickets for the dinner — which include pasta, » Read more
For the past thirty years, classical music aficionados “Save March for Music” as they look forward to the next season of the Sanibel Music Festival. Each year, festival organizers present seven concerts featuring exceptional piano, chamber music, recital and vocal ensemble performances. Their mission is to present classical music of the highest standard at affordable prices and to promote the careers of emerging artists through performance opportunities.
The 30th Anniversary celebration season of the Sanibel Music Festival promises not to disappoint. » Read more
“Where are the alligators?” is a frequent question fielded by our Guest Services team. For many Ocean’s Reach vacationers, a trip is not complete without a glimpse of an alligator . . . or crocodile!
So where’s the best place to see a gator? Explore the Indigo Trail at the “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. If you’re lucky you’ll see double—an alligator and a crocodile! » Read more
Sanibel’s Community Housing and Resources (CHR) raised more than funds at their annual Mardi Gras party on February 6 at the Dunes Golf & Tennis Club. It was a fun-filled event with hundreds of revelers in masquerade enjoying a Bourbon Street parade, New Orleans-themed activities, music and food buffet. The highlight of the festivities was a surprise appearance by the Fort Myers High School Marching Band. » Read more
Guests are loving the new Retail Kiosk in our recently-renovated office area!
All sorts of Ocean’s Reach goodies are now available in a wide variety of sizes, styles and colors.
The most difficult decision seems which to choose. A comfy cotton tee or laid-back beach cover-up? A classic polo shirt or a more casual long-sleeved tee? Ocean’s Reach caps, bucket hats and beach towels are also now in inventory. » Read more
Island night life is alive and well at Ocean’s Reach! Our security camera on Building #4 caught it all on tape!
See the Eastern Screech-Owl, perched on our camera box, peering directly into the lens. Small and camouflaged, this pint-sized owl is difficult to detect by sight but recognizable by its shrill tremolo. It spends the day roosting, becoming active at night foraging and preying on large insects and small rodents. » Read more
We couldn’t be more pleased to have many of our winter guests spend multiple weeks on the beach with us. Ocean’s Reach is “home” for snowbirds and empty nesters from the Northeast and Midwest escaping the brisk winter months between December and April.
Frequently these guests will drive south with their cars loaded with personal items, beach toys, and even kayaks. They want their crockpot and favorite skillet in the kitchen, » Read more
It’s not a McMansion on the beach; rather it’s the beginning of the new, relocated Doc Ford’s Rum Bar and Grille scheduled to open late this year at the corner of Tarpon Bay Road and Island Inn Road, across the street from Bailey’s.
The new facility will feature more than 200 seats and 100 parking spaces, roughly similar in size to the space the restaurant is currently leasing on Rabbit Road. » Read more
As the ocean is never full of water,
so is the heart never full of love.
– Anonymous » Read more
What a great story from our friends at the “Island Reporter”!
When Bob Sabatino moved to Sanibel in 1957, it was a true island.
“When I was on the ferry you only saw the Lighthouse and then way over to the right were two houses,” he said. “One of those two houses was Bailey’s store.”
While Sabatino was in the Coast Guard, » Read more