Some Colorful Residents

Here on Sanibel Island, we may not have our own zoo, but we do have the next closest thing!

Many of our guests already know about the exotic animal display at Periwinkle Park and Campground.  If you haven’t yet discovered this little gem, make plans to do so on your next visit to Ocean’s Reach! 

The park features many species of exotic and native birds —  » Read more

Gaze at Grand Architecture

 #77:  Gaze at Grand Architecture While Attending An Event

Excerpt from “100 Things to do in Fort Myers & Sanibel Before You Die” by Nancy Hamilton:

When you see a building of Neoclassical Revival architecture with massive columns in south Florida, you know there has to be an interesting history to match the grandeur.   » Read more

Think Crafty Thoughts!

You could while away an entire rainy afternoon poking around the islands’ supreme craft store, Three Crafty Ladies.

This amazing think-tank of a craft store is perfect for finding a project for you or the kids.  They have a treasure-trove of items that can be decorated with seashells — from boxes to mirrors to frames — and all the accouterments to put your island object d’art together.   » Read more

Ride of Silence

What began in 2003 in Dallas as a spontaneous outpouring of grief for a friend and fellow rider, struck and killed by the mirror of a passing vehicle, has rolled across the globe to become an international annual event memorializing and honoring cyclists who have been injured and killed while riding.
The Ride of Silence  » Read more is a worldwide event, with almost all USA States participating, along with 22 other countries.

BIG ARTS Summer Camp

If your family is headed to Sanibel Island this summer, be sure to check out the ever-popular Summer Arts Camp at BIG ARTS!  

BIG ARTS Summer Arts Camp offers a fun, unique and well-rounded program of visual and performing arts for 1st – 5th graders.

Each week begins a new session with a new theme. Throughout the week, campers create art projects that correspond with that week’s theme,  » Read more

Rosy Tomorrows


Perhaps not the photo you were expecting to see today? 

We just wanted to remind you that your vacation to Southwest Florida doesn’t have to be all about our gorgeous coastline.  There are so many interesting places to visit in the region and all are easy day trips from Ocean’s Reach.

On your next visit down, for example, you may want to check out   » Read more

The Coveted Pink Jacket

Past Tarpon Tournament winning captains sporting their coral tarpon jackets. From left to right: Matt Mitchell, Chasin’ Poon (2016); John Landry, Doc Ford’s and SportFisha (2012 & 2015); Mark Sparrow, YAM (2017); John McDaniel, Boomer Sooners (2014); and Rhett Dixon, Team Teaser (2013).

The newest tradition of the “Ding” Darling & Doc Ford’s Tarpon Tournament  » Read more awards the captain of the winning team a pink tarpon jacket.

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