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A fun article from the Palm Beach Post:
“Six years ago, on my first visit to Sanibel and Captiva Islands on Florida’s Gulf Coast, I basked under the sun on its powdery white sand beaches. I also catered to my cravings with locally caught grouper sandwiches and every permutation of the ubiquitous key lime imaginable — from pies to margaritas to pancakes. » Read more
Add a dash of creativity to your next family vacation with Family Art Lab at the Alliance for the Arts!
Held the 3rd Saturday of each month, you’re invited to drop in for free, hands-on family fun from 10 a.m. to noon.
Explore something new every month like art making, gallery activities, games and more – all inspired by artworks on view in the gallery, » Read more
Return to maritime Florida of the mid 19th century. Two hours north of Sanibel you’ll find Cortez, Florida, home to the state’s oldest surviving fishing village.
Maritime traditions run deep through this historic community where you’ll find restored boats proudly displayed. Modest bungalows from the 1920s with sandy yards pack the narrow streets of the village, and salt permeates the air.
Meander down to Burton’s store – a relic of the area’s earliest years – or grab a fresh bite at the Seafood Shack or the Star Fish Company Market and Restaurant, » Read more
Day trip idea!
The largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture can be found less than three hours away from Ocean’s Reach, where officials from Florida Southern University commissioned Wright to design buildings for their campus in Lakeland.
Wright sought to create a “truly American campus” and designed an 80-acre network of buildings and covered walkways radiating from a central hub. » Read more
Need another “day trip” idea for your next visit to Ocean’s Reach?
How about Keewaydin Island? Located south of us between Naples and Marco Island, and only accessible by boat, Keewaydin is a great way to spend the day on the water and embrace the Florida lifestyle.
Keewaydin Island provides a unique beach experience. As a nature preserve island in the Rookery Bay Reserve, » Read more
Reader’s Digest once dubbed Lake Placid, Florida “America’s Most Interesting Town.” It’s about a 2-hour drive from Ocean’s Reach and makes for a fun day trip!
Over the years, Lake Placid has become a wonderful place to explore how history, art, and community converge.
It’s known as the “Town of Murals,” as there are nearly 50 murals throughout the small town, » Read more
Photo from Sarasota Jungle Gardens
Photo of Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservancy by Chelle Koster Walton
Photo from Everglades Wonder Gardens
If you’re looking for a fun day trip during your next visit to Ocean’s Reach, consider making it a pink one! While flamingos are more populous down in the Caribbean, » Read more
After a one-year delay caused by the pandemic, a major construction project at Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) in Fort Myers is finally about to take off!
The $331 million project will consolidate and streamline security checkpoints in addition to expanding the facility to accommodate more shops and restaurants.
Once started, the project should take about three years to complete. » Read more
The Birds of Southwest Florida exhibit has opened in the Caretaker’s House at Edison and Ford Winter Estates.
The exhibit features multiple panels containing detailed illustrations from John James Audubon, along with quotes from the Edison and Ford families. Antique spy glasses, books on birds, and shell art are also featured. The exhibit is included with admission to the site and will run until mid-January, » Read more
Our local visitors’ bureau — The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel — does some really remarkable work in helping to market our unique vacation destination.
Recently, they partnered with The New York Times to produce some unusual and thoroughly engaging content that was seen close to 85,000 times online.
Click here to enjoy the “Sounds of Nature” » Read more