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Refuge to Air Film Sneak Peek

Ding at desk

“Ding” Darling at work at the desk that is on display in the “Ding” Darling Visitor & Education Center.

Ding darling education center

Film show bill

Refuge to air film sneak peek

Another chapter in the Jay Norwood “Ding” Darling story will unfold on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, at the free sneak preview of the film “Darling Is Back” in the “Ding” Darling Visitor &  » Read more

Taqueria Ole’!

Mexican feast 1

Mexican feast 2

It’s tradition at the Bryden casa! A Mexican feast is prepared and devoured by family and friends brought together through their many stays at Ocean’s Reach. A warm January evening of authentic fare, cantina inspired beverages and jovial conversation and catch-up is enjoyed by twenty.

The prep begins early morning in the condo kitchen, continuing until the first plate of tacos, enchiladas, rice and refried beans is loaded at 6 p.m.  » Read more

Our Weather Shell!

Don Payne's weather shell

Thanks to long-time guest Don Payne, we are now the proud owners of the world’s first “Weather Shell”!

Guests can now learn for themselves how to forecast the weather … Sanibel style!


Our Weather Shell will specify weather conditions with almost 100% accuracy when used correctly:

If the Shell is WET:   It is raining.  » Read more

Rain’s Impact on Nature, Culture

Cynthia Barnett

Cynthia Barnett

Rain, book jacket

‘Ding’ lecture looks at rain’s impact on nature, culture

Cynthia Barnett’s book “Rain: A Natural & Cultural History” begins four billion years ago with the torrents that filled the oceans, and builds to the storms of climate change. The author will present two programs beginning at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016, in the free “Ding” Darling Visitor &  » Read more

Bird Talks

Bird and Wildlife Viewing 1

Bird and Wildlife Viewing 2

It’s all about the birds every Thursday night now through February at The Community House. Join local birders and enjoy eight dynamic presentations sponsored by the Sanibel-Captiva Audubon Society including “Bird and Wildlife Viewing at Lee County Conservation 20/20 Preserves” on January 14 at 7:30 p.m. We recommend you arrive early as this program series is a Sanibel bird-lover’s favorite!

Upcoming programs and descriptions:

January 14,  » Read more

Back Swinging!

Ciskowski sisters

The Ciskowski sisters are back swinging at Sanibel’s The Dunes Golf & Tennis
Club. They, their parents and younger sister are part of the Ocean’s Reach
owner family and just celebrated their Christmas vacation with us. Big sis
Heather, a member of the University of Minnesota golf team and Nicole, a
high school freshman and top ranked junior golfer, enjoyed walking and
playing nine holes on the Audubon Society sanctioned golf course.  » Read more


twin sisters

Twins get a lot of double takes at Ocean’s Reach and these sisters enjoy sharing the attention! Living thousands of miles away from each other, they look forward to their “together” time on Sanibel and dressing up in matching outfits. Brother and condo owner, Paul, couldn’t be prouder!  » Read more

Girlfriends Forever


Our two friends, Fay and Penny, are giddy with excitement as they shop
for Christmas gifts at Sanibel’s 32nd Luminary Holiday Stroll. The popular
event celebrates the advent of the holiday season with candlelit luminaries
guiding strollers along the pathways on Periwinkle Way.

There’s much to enjoy during the evening including complimentary food and
drink, special activities, music and art, but the best part for these two is
sharing the special occasion with their best friend.  » Read more

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