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Island Night is Coming!

Sam Bailey

Thanks to our friends at the “Island Reporter” (and writer Meghan McCoy) for the following:

Islands Night continues tradition of gathering community

Now in its 23rd year, a tradition that began by Sam Bailey continues to gather the communities of Sanibel and Captiva together for a night out at Hammond Stadium.

“It’s a great opportunity to see and celebrate this special unique community we have on Sanibel and Captiva and all the people we share that with,”  » Read more

The Intricate Designs of Mother Nature

Ornate Box Turtle


Del and Margaret S. — valued guests to Ocean’s Reach for more than 20 years — recently sent us this photo that they found of their trip from Iowa last December.

What a beautifully intricate sight!

This turtle, aptly named, is called an Ornate Box Turtle.

The Ornate Box Turtle is a relatively small turtle, measuring only 4 to 6 inches in length.  » Read more

Blooming Beauty

royal poinciana

It’s worth a trip to Sanibel in spring and early summer just to catch a glimpse of nature’s vibrant colors. And the royal poinciana boasts the most flamboyance, offering an extravagant canopy of fire engine red blooms and large green lacy leaves. We call it a classic Florida show-stopper and bet you can’t take your eyes off this blooming beauty.  » Read more

National Seashell Day

National Seashell Day

Let’s celebrate the first day of summer together with a Shellebration holiday! It’s National Seashell Day! In honor of this inaugural event, we invite you to stoop down on Sanibel’s beautiful beaches to start or expand your collection of beautiful shells. We’ll help! Stop in Guest Services for shelling tips and visit our on-site Shelling Station for cleaning and ID’ing in the shade.

To recognize the occasion, we’d love to show off your shells collected from visits at Ocean’s Reach.  » Read more

Feathered Guest

carrier pigeon

A lost carrier pigeon has taken a detour from his travels by lodging in a window sill at Ocean’s Reach. One of our guests was able to read the bird’s registration leg band and found out the bird was raised in San Diego and later sold to a buyer on the east coast of Florida.

It’s no wonder that a lost bird would wander to Sanibel. Our barrier islands offer a large wildlife habitat for 230 kinds of birds as well as “snowbirds”,  » Read more

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