The fun is only moments away for this father daughter duo as they test the feisty waters before diving in and riding the waves to shore. If you haven’t tried this, it’s the most fun for any age!
Recent storms that struck Texas and Louisiana created some turbulence in our gulf waters, creating unique water adventures, far from the tranquil lapping waves our summer guests normally experience.
So go with the flow, face those waves down and just dive in!
Every once in a while, Mother Nature puts on her own beach cover up.
Case in point, this photo from a couple of weeks ago, when effects from distant Tropical Storm Cindy included plenty of waves, higher tides and adventurous drop offs into the water.
Fortunately for us, the water quickly receded, leaving Ocean’s Reach guests to enjoy our gorgeous — and expansive — shoreline!
Sanibel Island Events – 07/04/2017
Start the Day Right!
For those visiting Sanibel Island for Independence Day, there are certainly a lot of activities to mark down on your calendar. To kick off 4th of July, you may want to stop by the Sanibel Community Church between 7:00 AM and 9:00 AM. Located midway on Sanibel Island, the church is hosting a free pancake breakfast, so come hungry!
Don’t Forget the Parade!
Next, the Annual 4th of July Parade will commence at 9:30 AM. Bring the kids for what is always a fun parade (wear plenty of sunscreen, hydrate and — of course — dress up!) The parade will take place on Periwinkle Way, starting in front of the Baileys Shopping Center. The parade will head east and finish up near Jerry’s Shopping Center.
Finally, The Big Show!
After dinner, end the holiday with an illustrious firework display. Sponsored by the City of Sanibel, the firework display is best viewed on the Sanibel Causeway. From there, you can easily see Fort Myers Beach, Estero and Cape Coral’s displays from afar. The fireworks will launch at 9:00 P.M., rain or shine.
Our own Carl is a walking miracle and having him back at work these last few Saturdays proves it!
This past February, Carl had emergency open heart surgery. But it didn’t start (or end) there; the initial symptoms of fatigue and back pain were difficult to diagnose resulting in multiple procedures and tests and a hospital stay in January. He was then sent home for less than a week before being transported by ambulance back to the hospital, where he suffered a massive heart attack leading to quadruple bypass surgery.
Between his open heart surgery in February and his return to Ocean’s Reach in June, Carl endured four additional surgeries, including two more open heart surgeries and two surgeries that required opening his chest due to a life-threatening infection. From January through May, he had five hospital stays totaling 44 nights. He was transported by ambulance for three of those stays.
His wife, Sue (also of our staff), was “his rock” — not surprising to any of us who know her — and was by his side all the way, providing unwavering love, support and encouragement.
Carl, Sue and their extended family members credit a great medical team for many miracles, as well as love and prayers from our Ocean’s Reach guests and owners, Sanibel friends and neighbors.
See what a difference you all make? Carl couldn’t wait to return to Ocean’s Reach to see your friendly faces and start inspecting condos slowly while testing his strength.
Welcome back, Carl. We’ve missed you very much!
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”!
At Ocean’s Reach, we provide a “refuge” within a refuge that is both native, natural and beautiful. Our landscape design is created with vines, bushes and trees suited to host Sanibel’s native wildlife.
Look closely and you’ll indeed see a large dark butterfly with accents of yellow and red, the markings of the Polydamas butterfly!
A visit to Sanibel is not complete without a chase encounter of the anole lizard. Catch one if you can! These 3 – 6 inch creatures are voracious eaters of small insects and the lizards are, themselves, a food source for snakes, small animals and birds. They can evade their predators with their quick scurry, chameleon color and agility.
The green anole is native to our American southeast but the invasive Cuban brown anole has replaced much of the green anole population, making the green anole an even harder catch–a perfect item for your island treasure hunt!
Watch this video for 6 cool and fascinating facts about green and brown
We recently told you about the discovery of a large nesting site on our beach. The next day, the eggs were located and the site was staked and roped off to protect from predators.
The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation volunteers told us that the eggs should hatch in about 58 days. This would make the due date around August 1. Watch for our next update!
Hey trivia fans, did you know?
The temperature of the sand determines whether the hatchlings will be either male or female. A warm nest produces females. A cooler nest will produce males.
With the warming temperatures each year, scientists are concerned that the balance of male and female sea turtles may be affected.