Islandology — Easy to learn and fun to live by!
It’s important to them — and to us — that you know that Sanibel and Captiva islands are not only open for business, but look awfully great, as well.
As our tourism partners report, “Nothing but blue skies ahead for Sanibel and Captiva islands. We’re resilient!”
Sending you the warmest of greetings from everyone at Ocean’s Reach!
As many of you know, we re-opened our doors on September 19th, just as soon as we could after power was restored post-Irma. We were blessed to have had a relatively mild impact from the storm, and our hearts and prayers continue to go out to those who took the brunt of Irma’s wrath.
Thank you once again for the hundreds of well wishes you’ve sent our way. We took a small break from our daily blog as we’ve focused on getting back into full operation. The complex looks beautiful, the beaches look spectacular, and we’ve been busy rescheduling guests to come back to visit.
We wanted to share a visual update recorded right after the hurricane from one of our favorite people — Pam Rambo from “I Love Shelling” — who, as always, makes us smile. We look forward to seeing you, too, on the beach!
Whether in a secluded bay, lush estuary or the gentle Gulf of Mexico, some say that being “on the water” is the only way to relax and completely appreciate the remarkable backdrop Mother Nature provides for visitors to Southwest Florida.
Leave it to our friends at the The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel to give us a very special glimpse! Enjoy this video of two transplanted water guides who found that paddling the gorgeous waterways of SW FL has been the perfect way for them to slow down and just roll with the tide.
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Sanibel Island is known world-wide for its seashells, but the beach is full of other mysterious items. Shelling expert Kim Brock explains some of the island’s unusual beach finds and shares Hot Tips in this short video. Enjoy, and pass it along to an Island-loving friend!
Above video courtesy of Kim Brock and BestofSanibelCaptiva.com
Protect your proteges with stylish head gear that will make your ride safer and more enjoyable. Not only will you secure pretty faces like these shown but it is also a Florida requirement that youth cyclists under the age of 16 wear approved helmets that are properly fitted and fastened. When renting bicycles at Ocean’s Reach, youth-sized bicycles include an approved safety helmet.
You’ll have lots of company when riding our 26 miles of shared use paths. Sanibel is nationally recognized as a “Bicycle Friendly Community” by the League of American Bicyclists and recently achieved Silver level status. Because of the pathway popularity, the Sanibel Bicycle Club produced a bicycle safety video that is entertaining and informative. Take a look and enjoy the ride!
In “Ding” Darling’s Bailey Tract and along Wildlife Drive, morning matters. It’s a silent, sacred time in the refuge when the enclave of birds feasts on their best meal of the day. Small fish, insects and other small prey make for a healthy start to their day.
Photographer Mike Dougherty shares his 3.5 minute video documenting the beauty of the birds on Sanibel. It’s a birder’s delight. Watch and enjoy!
Want to know what to expect when visiting Sanibel Island for the first time? Have you often thought about adventuring around the island but been too comfy to leave your place in the sun on the beach? Or perhaps you are an up-and-coming retiree wondering what it’s like to live full time on Sanibel!
Find all the answers to these questions and more on this amazing video, “Explore Sanibel Island”. “Sea” the island through the close encounters, eyes and voices of the island residents, wildlife, workers and visitors who call Sanibel their first or second home.
So grab the family and snacks for nine enjoyable minutes to preview the enchantment and natural treasures of your unique sanctuary destination. This video is just about the next best thing to being here!
Guests to Sanibel know it as a haven of tranquility and an idyllic vacation destination for couples, girlfriend getaways, honeymooners and families seeking outdoor fun and recreation.
Ever wonder what it would be like to spend more time on Sanibel?
Take a listen to these Sanibel dwellers who not only call Sanibel “home,” but who also make the island special with their own unique contributions to the quality of life for our residents and visitors.
This eight-minute video of engaging conversations and stunning photography will sum up “Why We Love Sanibel” … and may very well make you fall in love with our island, too!