A Love of Reading

Photo from RiverStyleMag.com

Each year, the Southwest Florida Reading Festival gets better and better, and this year promises to be the best one yet!  After all, the free family-friendly event is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year on Saturday, March 2, in downtown Fort Myers.

Regarded as the largest one-day reading festival in Florida, the event will feature a lineup of nationally acclaimed adult,  » Read more

One Quick Dude

Longtime Ocean’s Reach guest Harold B. from Hartford, IL shared this photo he captured of a glorious Wood Stork on a recent outing to nearby Apple Pond Trail.

FUN FACT:  According to National Geographic, the Wood Stork has a rare, but effective, fishing technique. The stork opens its bill and sticks it into the water, then waits for the touch of an unfortunate fish that wanders too close.  » Read more

Our Monarch Kingdom

Our new Butterfly Nursery has been a point of great interest to our guests and staff alike. Since it was built in October, we have raised and released well over 100 monarch butterflies to roam our beautiful grounds.

The brilliantly-colored monarch butterfly is among the most easily recognizable of the butterfly species that call North America home.

Monarchs lay their eggs on milkweed,  » Read more

Think Again!

Our good friends Ed M. and Joyce W. from Ithaca, NY are “wintering” once again with us this year, and we couldn’t be more delighted.

Ed sent along this photo that Joyce took shortly after a recent storm came through.  He named their photo “If you think I’m going out in that, think again!”  » Read more

The Hobies are Coming!

The International Hobie Class Association (IHCA) has announced that the 22nd Hobie 16 World Championships are coming to Captiva Island from November 1 – 16, 2019.

The IHCA is proud to return the event to the USA, after 35 years of events being held in other beautiful locations worldwide. Sailors from across the globe will be competing in three world championship disciplines: Women’s, Youth and Open and three additional disciplines;  » Read more

Best Friends

We are all tickled pink — no-one more so than Lisa — when our furry friend Darby comes to visit with “Mom” Marcia, one of our favorite Ocean’s Reach owners.

Darby and Marcia live up in Saratoga Springs, NY.  It’s become a tradition that when they’re ready to head down to Florida, Lisa will fly up to NY and then drive Darby down to Sanibel Island in Marcia’s car.  » Read more

Just Another Day in Paradise

Bird watching photo courtesy of J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge


As I wander along the stunning Fort Myers Beach, an elderly woman is slapping on the sunscreen ready for a few hours on the lounger.

“Another day in paradise,” she shouts to a passing acquaintance.

It’s an overly-used saying, but after spending five days there in January –  » Read more

Both Sides Now

Photo by Ocean’s Reach guest Julie Puckett


Rows and flows of angel hair
And ice cream castles in the air
And feather canyons everywhere
I’ve looked at clouds that way.


But now they only block the sun
They rain and snow on everyone
So many things I would have done
But clouds got in my way.

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I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now
From up and down and still somehow
It’s cloud’s illusions I recall
I really don’t know clouds at all.

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