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Vitamin Sea

Photo by Ocean’s Reach guest Karly Hawker


Just what exactly does the beach do to your brain?

When it comes to why the beach gets you feeling all Zen, there are a few factors at play that affect your senses, says a noted clinical psychologist.

According to an article by

“The color blue has been found by an overwhelming amount of people to be associated with feelings of calm and peace,” says Richard Shuster,  » Read more

Underwater Secrets

The USS Mohawk, now an artificial reef


Southwest Florida’s best-kept secret isn’t found downtown, on a beach or on an island – in fact, it’s not found anywhere on land.  It’s a network of artificial reefs hidden underwater.  Since the 1980s, it’s grown into both an alluring activity and a vital tool for conservation.

Coral reefs are a small part of the ocean but have a huge impact on the environment.   » Read more

The Smallest Post Office in the USA



You think you’ve seen everything?

Chances are you haven’t seen a post office like the one in Ochopee, a fun little day trip about an hour and a half away from Ocean’s Reach.

This 61-square foot facility measures 8′ 4″ X 7′ 3″ and is officially the smallest post office in the country.  The tiny building used to serve as a storage shed for irrigation pipes for a nearby tomato farm,  » Read more

National Public Lands Day


This Saturday, September 24, J.N. “Ding” Darling will join in the celebration of National Public Lands Day, a day dedicated to places Americans use across the country for outdoor recreation, education, and just plain enjoyment.

These lands encompass national parks, monuments, wildlife refuges, forests, grasslands, marine sanctuaries, lakes, and reservoirs, as well as state, county, and city parks that are managed by public agencies but belong to and are enjoyed by all of us.  » Read more

Grab Your Girlfriends!


A recent article in Southern Living entitled “The Best Girlfriend Getaways in Florida to Plan Now” begins:

“Grab your favorite pals and head to the Sunshine State for rest, relaxation, and fun in the sun, no matter the time of year.  Whether you prefer relaxing on the beach, exploring historic districts, or discovering the local food scene, there’s a weekend getaway the whole group will love.   » Read more

History Lessons


Any history buffs out there?

While most of our guests visit Southwest Florida for our year-round sunshine and abundance of outdoor activities, it’s sometimes easy to overlook the rich history of our area.

To date, there are 57 places that have been named to the National Register of Historic Places in Lee County, Florida.

In addition to the well-known Edison and Ford Winter Estates,  » Read more

White Peacock

Photo by Kyle Sweet, Santiva Chronicle


Next time you’re out on a wildlife walk on Sanibel Island, keep an eye out for the White Peacock, one of the most common butterflies in Florida, and one of the most beautiful.

The name “Peacock” comes from the large “eye spot” on each of the butterfly’s four wings.  These eye dots have the appearance of peacock feathers.   » Read more

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