Saturday Morning Bird Walks

The unmistakable American Oystercatcher. Photo by France Paulsen.

The secretive and hard-to-see Piping Plover. Photo by France Paulsen.

From the Santiva Chronicle:

At one end of the viewing spectrum sits the American Oystercatcher, unmistakable for its beauty and as easy to pick out as a Roseate Spoonbill. At the other end of the spectrum sits the Piping Plover.  » Read more

ArtFest 2018 is Coming

ArtFest is coming, meaning a wonderful array of artwork, culinary favorites, live music, hands-on arts programs and more will return to the beautiful downtown Fort Myers riverfront area on February 3 & 4.

ArtFest will feature more than 200 exhibiting artists, carefully juried from more than 900 applying artists from across the country. Beautiful jewelry, amazing sculpture, unique paintings and decorative metal will be just a sampling of the work attendees can enjoy throughout the weekend.  » Read more

Hoo’s Here?

This amazing photo of an Eastern Screech Owl was taken right outside our Ocean’s Reach office by guest Susan N., from Mifflinberg, PA. She credits her son, Lynden, for sighting it first, saying that he is quite astute at spotting wildlife after his many visits to Sanibel!

The Eastern Screech Owls (Megascops asio) are one of the smallest species of owls naturally found in North America.  » Read more

The Latest Sanibel Wave

Lily & Co. Jewelers introduces a new design for its exclusive ‘Sanibel Wave’ pendant. The latest piece features two dancing dolphins, one with a full body of pave diamonds to capture sparkling waters surrounding Sanibel Island. A juvenile dolphin has a diamond solitaire eye and jumps from Abalone and Mother of Pearl waves encompassed in an elegant halo of diamonds.

“The Sanibel Wave pendant has been a huge hit,  » Read more

Just WOW!!

“Over 40 years.”

When we asked longtime guest Harold B. from Hartford, IL just how long he’s been searching for a junonia, that was his answer.

And we believe him. The amazing shell — which is considered the island’s most coveted seashell due to its elusiveness — is rare indeed. And Harold’s was one of the most perfect and prettiest we’ve ever seen!  » Read more

What a Special Surprise

We’ve been anxiously waiting to post this, but as a surprise gift for the holidays was involved, we didn’t want to spill the beans!

We hope it’s safe now to share one of our favorite emails ever from guest Nola H. from St. Louis, MO.


My family has been coming to ocean’s reach for the past 6 years. It is a very special place to our family.  » Read more

Scrumptious New Brunch Options

One of our guests’ favorite waterview restaurants is the Thistle Lodge at Casa Ybel Resort — just “next door” from Ocean’s Reach via a short beach walk.

Earlier this month, the restaurant introduced new brunch options that are sure to please.

On Sundays, in addition to their usual offerings, the restaurant has incorporated five different themed brunch items that will be rotated on a weekly basis.  » Read more

Today’s Forecast

Photos taken this weekend at Ocean’s Reach!


We continue to shiver just hearing about the drastic weather conditions our friends “up north” have been dealing with lately. We want to let you know that our hearts are with you as you start to warm up and dig out from what Mother Nature left behind.  » Read more

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