The parents have fled the nest for loftier ambitions, but these young osprey siblings haven’t quite accepted life yet without mom and dad. Andy notices that they come home to their platform every day looking for a ready-made meal from their parents. With empty stomachs and hefty appetites, they realize soon enough they must fend for themselves. As with any species, hunger is a great motivator for independence!
News reports abound with how Tesla, Google and others have been testing their solutions to self-driving cars. Here at Ocean’s Reach, we’re busy, too, testing a new solution to finding your parking space in the dark (or daylight, for that matter)!
We know it’s sometimes frustrating driving around our parking lot looking for the location of your carport. You’ll soon find your condo number painted directly on the bumper of your parking space. Look down at the bright, reflective numbers and drive right in. It’s almost as easy as a self-driven car!
For guests arriving after hours, our helpful parking space diagram can still be found next to the front door of our Guest Services office.
Dina’s younger daughter, Deanna (not shown) has been organizing the project and put big sis Dara (pictured above) to work for a few days last week. It’s been “toasty” work, to say the least, but they’re moving right along. The painting project should be completed by the end of summer. Please let us know what you think!
Single file and lined up for the most panoramic view of the rolling, glistening gulf waters!
Summer guests reserve their spot on the beach for a full day of play by setting up early with their comfy beach chairs, shady umbrellas and coolers of food and drink.
We heartily recommend that you give it a try!
Sea turtles innately know what’s best for raising their own. And these pictures show why they make their nests on higher ground. The recent gulf tropical storm presented Sanibel with rain showers that temporarily washed out parts of our beach. The most protected part of the beach? The sea turtle nests, of course.
Follow the turtles!
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.