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Leapin’ Lizards!

Leapin’ lizards!!! 

OK, not really — this little one was basking in the sun on the screen of our lanai during our most recent visit to Ocean’s Reach a few weeks ago.  I went out on the lanai to grab a few more minutes of sun and that OR view (I cannot get enough of it!) before we had to leave for home and discovered this Sanibel resident,  » Read more

10 Years and Counting

A recent excerpt from our friends at the Sanibel-Captiva Islander; article written by Tiffany Repecki.

When Jeff Weigel sold his family-style American restaurant in Syracuse, New York, and relocated to the islands over a decade ago, he never envisioned that he would get back into the business.

“I had no intent of doing this,” the owner of the Sanibel Deli & Coffee Factory said.  » Read more

Bucket List Pics!

We couldn’t help but smile when we read the subject line for these gorgeous photos that guest Sharon P. from Center, TX shared with us.

Sharon labeled them her “Bucket List Pics” and said that the roseate spoonbills she spied on her recent visit were just beautiful.  We most certainly agree!

In fact, some say that they may be Florida’s most stunning birds.   » Read more

Follow the Major League Trail

 Artwork by Florida Weekly 

For all you baseball fans out there, click here for a great story in Florida Weekly about how the Spring Training landscape now features a trail of teams up and down Florida’s 1-75 corridor.

With the Atlanta Braves moving to North Port in 2020, our guests will soon have an even greater opportunity to see some of their favorite ballplayers in action!  » Read more

At the End of the Road

From our friends at “The Islander”:

Does this road look familiar? Have you ever wondered where “that one road” leads to? Have you always meant to go down “that road,” but the beach allure was too strong to resist?

Before you knew it, vacation time was up, and the mystery still remains.

“We get people all the time who tell us ‘we’ve been coming to the island for years and we never knew what was down here,’”  » Read more

Did You Know?

Photo from

Did you know that an adult West Indian manatee can consume over 100 pounds of vegetation per day?  Adult manatees average 10 feet in length and weigh between 800 to 1,200 pounds.  They spend most of their time underwater, but return to the surface to breathe.

Manatees have little tolerance for cold water because of their low metabolism and lack of insulating body fat.   » Read more

The Little Red Wagon

Thanks to our friends at “The River Weekly News” for this great story!

Since opening the doors of the new building in May 2017, Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida has served as a beacon of quality health care for children in Southwest Florida. Its opening – and the capital campaign that helped make the hospital possible – inspired many in the community to support its mission through their time,  » Read more

Mom’s the Best!

Affectionately known as “Mom” by many of us at Ocean’s Reach, Beverly P. from Bangor ME is out shelling every day from November to the end of April.

She’s quick to make a friend, and has many far and wide, as she’s ever happy sharing her shelling experiences with those who have a similar passion for our “gifts from the sea.”

We’re delighted to have her with us each year.   » Read more

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