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iPods of the Sea

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So many of us have grown up thinking that seashells can mimic ocean sounds, almost like “iPods of the Sea.”  But can they, really?

Turns out that when you listen to a shell, you’re not really hearing the sounds of the ocean.  The shapes of seashells just happen to make them great amplifiers of ambiant noise.  What they’re actually doing is acting as a resonator,  » Read more

Rubber Duckie, You’re the One


Did you know that Rubber Duckies have helped shape our understanding of the ocean?

In 1992, a shipment of bath toys was headed from China to the U.S. when the cargo ship dropped a container.  More than 28,000 rubber ducks and other play animals were dumped into the North Pacific Ocean.  Oceanographers tracked where the ducks wound up to better understand the water currents, with some landing ashore in Europe,  » Read more

Our Resident Horticulturist


It’s so nice to have a “resident horticulturist” on staff!

Questions on the many beautiful flowers and plants we have throughout our property always seem to stump me.  Luckily, we have Andy, our general manager, who quickly comes to the rescue every time with his encyclopedic knowledge of floriculture and all things “Ocean’s Reach.”

For instance, guest Jack D. from Evanston, IL sent in this photo recently inquiring as to what type of flower grows outside our tennis and pickleball court.  » Read more

Spring Migration


From the Fort Myers News-Press:

Be on the lookout: one of Florida’s great animal migrations is underway.

Manatees are moving from their inland, warm-water winter retreats to coastal bays and oceans for the summer.

A tropical marine mammal that prefers water temperatures of 68 degrees and above, manatees can become more prone to sickness and disease when water temperatures get below that mark,  » Read more

Only Eleven?

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We ran across an article by The Points Guy entititled “11 Things to Do on Florida’s Sanibel and Captiva Islands.”  

Our first thought was, “Only eleven?”  Our second, of course, was to share it with you on our blog.

The article begins:

The gorgeous Gulf Coast barrier islands of Sanibel and Captiva — just a 30-minute drive from Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) — have lured visitors to their shores for decades.  » Read more

Blue Revolution


In conjunction with its current “H2O Art Exhibition,” the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum is continuing its free lecture series on the importance of clean water throughout Florida with award-winning environmental journalist Cynthia Barnett.

“Water defines us as Floridians no matter where we live: Idyllic beaches surround us on three sides,” Cynthia explains. “Rivers and streams flow for ten thousand miles through the peninsula.  We’re blessed with nearly eight thousand lakes and a thousand more freshwater springs – the largest concentration of artesian springs in the world.   » Read more

Lights Out for Sea Turtles


The Darker the Beach, The Brighter their Future!

It’s officially the start of Sea Turtle Season, and as with every year, hundreds of sea turtle nests will soon be laid on the beaches of Sanibel and Captiva islands.

If you’re new to our island experience, it’s important to know that sea turtle hatchlings emerge after dark, using the light of the night sky over the sea to navigate to the water.  » Read more

Set Your DVR!


For years, Samantha Brown’s travel show has been one of our favorites.  Imagine how excited we were when we heard that she is kicking off her next season showcasing a trip to Southwest Florida!

Check your local PBS station to see when you’ll be able to see her next all-new episode of Samantha Brown’s “Places to Love” (it’s airing Saturday, April 24 at 4:30 EDT here locally).  » Read more

Day Trippin’: #7


If you really want to get off the beaten path, head up to Ona, about a 2-hour drive from Sanibel Island.  It’s in the middle of nowhere, but well worth the drive.

Especially when you realize that your destination is Solomon’s Castle, a hand-built medieval castle complete with a moat.

The sculptor Howard Solomon started building the castle in 1974 out of aluminum printing plates thrown out by the local newspaper.  » Read more

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