Lionfish Challenge

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has announced the winners of the 2018 Lionfish Challenge.

Native to the Indo-Pacific and believed to have entered Florida waters from an aquarium release, lionfish are now established along the southeast coast of the U.S., Caribbean, and across the Gulf of Mexico. Due to its venomous spines, the invasive species has few predators and has had a hugely negative impact on native fish and reef habitats.  » Read more

Discover Your Inner Artist

Your next visit to Sanibel Island could be the perfect opportunity to discover your inner artist!

When making your travel plans, be sure to schedule in some time to experience one of BIG ARTS popular workshops.  BIG ARTS workshops are a great way to learn a new hobby, brush up on an old one and make new friends.  You can explore everything from photography to history, painting,  » Read more

Welcoming Our Owners!

This is the time of year that many of our owners visit for their annual meeting.  We always love welcoming them back to Ocean’s Reach, as we think they’re just some of the greatest folks around.

It’s fun to show them the many improvements that we make to the resort each year.  This year, they saw one right off the bat, as they were greeted with their first glimpse of our brand new entrance sign!  » Read more

Need Another Vacation?

Many of our guests wisely schedule an Ocean’s Reach stay right after a trip to Walt Disney World, as the overwhelming consensus is that they often need a vacation after their Disney vacation!

Case in point, our wonderful friends Tom and Donna R. from Ponca City, OK.  They recently had “almost” their full clan — including five adorable grandchildren — with them on a trip to see the Big Cheese himself.  » Read more

Raise a Racket!

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For their annual tennis charity event, Lily & Co. Jewelers is once again partnering with International Tennis Hall of Fame Coach Nick Bollettieri and his IMG Academy team for a don’t-miss day on the courts on Saturday, November 10 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Beachview Tennis Club.

This year’s charity event is titled Raise a Racket for Clean Water and proceeds will benefit clean water efforts through the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF).  » Read more

Writers Conference

Florida Gulf Coast University invites working and aspiring writers to learn from and mingle with published authors, editors and literary agents at the 13th annual Sanibel Island Writers Conference, to be held November 8 to 11 at BIG ARTS.

The conference welcomes any aspiring writer who wants to create new work or refine a project already in progress.  Participants at all stages of development — from notebook scribblers to published novelists —  » Read more

Keepin’ the Blues Alive

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“If you can’t dig the blues, you’ve got a hole in your soul!”

Fans of this amazing music genre will definitely be diggin’ it as the 3rd Annual Sanibel Blues and Jazz Festival takes center stage at “Bailey’s Backyard” on Sunday, November 4, from 12pm – 7pm.

This year’s event features another stellar lineup with the FGCU Jazz Ensemble,  » Read more

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