The Crackerbox

Do you know of this little gem just off the causeway in Fort Myers? 

The Crackerbox was recently named one of the “Best Sanibel Area Restaurants” by Food Critic Jean Le Bouef of the Fort Myers News-Press when listing restaurants that are “beloved by us locals for being good, reasonable and oh-so-close to our beautiful beaches.”

JLB writes: “Time hasn’t been kind to Fort Myers’  » Read more

Islands Night

It’s time for peanuts and crackerjacks and good times with island friends!  

Join us tomorrow night when we commemorate the 25th anniversary of one of Sanibel’s most beloved traditions:  Sam Bailey’s Islands Night at Hammond Stadium.

Islands Night began in 1993 by beloved islander Sam Bailey as a way to celebrate the special community we have on Sanibel and Captiva.  It’s become a night for us to kick back and enjoy a baseball game with friends,  » Read more

Dollar for Dollar

First-time visitors Mary C. and Andy P. from Natick, MA, were kind enough to send along this photo of some “baby” sand dollars they found in the waters in front of Ocean’s Reach (before gently returning them back to the sea). 

They were thrilled with their visit here and the opportunity to learn so much about our incredible sealife.

And sand dollars are indeed quite incredible.   » Read more

Lights Out for Sea Turtles

The Darker the Beach, The Brighter their Future  » Read more

Every year hundreds of sea turtle nests are laid on the beaches of Sanibel and Captiva.  Sea turtle hatchlings emerge after dark, using the light of the night sky over the sea to navigate to the water.  Artificial light causes hatchlings to crawl away from the water and toward the light sources.  Each year thousands of hatchlings die in Florida due to lighting along beaches.

Saving the Best for Last

Thanks once again to Scott Norris for the wonderful photos we’ve been able to share this week.

Of course, we saved the best for last!  

“These two are Generation #4 of visitors from our family to Sanibel, including their mother and aunt, their grandparents (Grace and I), and their great-grandmother and great-grandfather (Grace’s mother and father, who started visiting here when the only access was the ferry).”  » Read more

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