Drink Like a Local!

Well, here’s something we can all drink to! Thanks to our friends at the Island Reporter (article by Ashley Goodman), we’re pleased to share this list of the top-selling drinks on Sanibel and Captiva Islands:

Doc Ford’s

Doc Ford’s No.1 selling drink is its Island Mojito which is concocted with fresh mint, limes, homemade simply syrup, Caribbean gold rum and club soda.  » Read more


Sometimes the most challenging game of catch is not in a backyard or baseball field, but in the roaring surf of the Gulf of Mexico!

This photo, taken last week, shows the wind walloping the waves into a foamy frenzy, thanks to a distant tropical storm.  Looks like it ended up providing father and son with a rocking rendition of the time-honored tradition of “catch”!

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A Great Catch!

“You can’t buy happiness.
But you can buy a fishing pole
and that’s pretty much the same thing.”


We received this photo from our wonderful longtime guest, Sheila H, from Mountville, PA, along with a note saying that it was taken right in front of Ocean’s Reach:

“Our son-in-law Bob from Charlotte, North Carolina is here on his very first trip to Sanibel and Ocean’s Reach and has fallen in love with both.  » Read more

See You Later, Sydney

Ten-month-old Sydney, a juvenile American Alligator, is fast becoming the most popular new animal ambassador at CROW, the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife on Sanibel Island.

With her brand new, 300-gallon tank – which is filled with artificial plants, rocks, floating driftwood and a basking platform to simulate her natural environment – the young alligator spends her days swimming around her enclosure.  » Read more

Sea Turtle Nesting Season has Begun — Part 1

A 2005 fossil find in Queensland, Australia, indicated that sea turtles lived more than 110 million years ago. Even centuries ago, sea turtles roamed our oceans by the millions. In the last 100 years, however, their numbers have been greatly reduced and today all seven species of sea turtles are in danger of global extinction. During the summer months, there are approximately 50,000 sea turtles in Florida, making our state the most important nesting area in the United States.  » Read more

An Easy-Breezy Trolley Tour

Adventures in Paradise trolly

Sanibel Island has been appealing to visitors for generations. The island, at 12 miles long, offers unparalleled serene beauty and abundant nature thanks to visionary pioneers in conservation. It’s rich in history with stories of the great Calusa Indians, Spanish explorers and the functioning lighthouse, built in the 1800s. Today, visitors revel in the 24 miles of unspoiled shorelines, numerous world-class outdoor sports, as well as a selection of fine dining and shopping.  » Read more

There’s an App for That!

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Thanks to today’s technology, you can have real-time Sanibel traffic conditions right at your fingertips.

The FREE Sanibel Street Cam App is now available to access the popular City of Sanibel “Street Cams.” Six high-quality cameras throughout the island “live stream” Sanibel road conditions and have received very positive feedback since their installation last year.

During “high season” (the timeframe from roughly Christmas through Easter),  » Read more

“Tree City USA”

tree city USA

With a nickname like “City of Palms,” it’s no surprise that neighboring Fort Myers is a perennial recipient of the Arbor Day Foundation’s “Tree City USA” distinction. For the 25th consecutive year, the foundation has honored Fort Myers for its commitment to effective urban forest management.

Fort Myers achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: A tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance,  » Read more

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