A Stellar Schedule

Courtesy of National Geographic

The seventh annual “Ding” Darling Wednesday Film Series will kick off its popular biweekly showings this winter with a schedule of seven films that explore natural facets from plastic impact and pythons to sea turtles and Jane Goodall.

First up on Jan. 9, “RiverBlue” examines the impact of the fashion industry on water quality.  » Read more

New! Island Fusion Cuisine

A new family-owned and operated restaurant on Sanibel brings something new and different to the islands with its hybrid of South Pacific, Hawaiian and Asian menu.

Malia Island Fusion Cuisine, run by Jeff and Kathy Samson and daughter Malia, is located at the Sanibel Island Golf Club, just about 2 1/2 miles away from Ocean’s Reach.

Open to the public for lunch and dinner, it serves up appetizers,  » Read more

Pedal About in a Hobie!

Photo from Tarpon Bay Explorers

Looking for a new way to explore some of Sanibel’s most gorgeous back-bay waters? 

Tarpon Bay Explorers is now offering custom Hobie trips to explore the wilderness of Tarpon Bay’s mangrove estuary.

For those who may not yet have heard of Hobie kayaks, they are not traditional “all-arm-powered” vessels. Hobies have a pedal drive system that allows the operator to use their legs instead of their arms,  » Read more

Centuries of Fishing Culture

Returning for season, the “Cruise to Historic Tarpon Lodge & Calusa Indian Mounds on Pine Island” sounds incredibly interesting with its focus on centuries of local fishing culture.

Departing every Tuesday through April from McCarthy’s Marina on Captiva, the tour travels to Pineland on Pine Island.

On the way, passengers will get an up-close look at the historic fish houses in the Pine Island Sound and discuss the area’s diverse fishing cultures,  » Read more

New Year’s Eve in “Times Square”

Photo from Visit Fort Myers Beach

Who needs the bitter cold of Manhattan when you can celebrate New Year’s Eve in “Times Square” with the warm balmy breezes of Southwest Florida?

Just a tad southeast from Sanibel is the “Times Square” area of nearby Fort Myers Beach.  Their New Year’s Eve celebration starts around noon with live music, food and festivities, culminating in a ball drop and fireworks at midnight.  » Read more

Got “Dem” Birds!

Many thanks to longtime guest Sid E. from San Diego, CA who shared this photo from his stay with us two weeks ago.

He titled it “Got ‘Dem’ Birds … Finally!”

What a beautiful shot, Sid, as the sun will soon set on yet another spectacular year at Ocean’s Reach.  We can’t wait to see everyone back with us in 2019!  » Read more

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