ID your favorite Sanibel birds here from “Ding” Darling’s photo gallery of birds. 45 birds are located in this new online resource, “Birds of “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge”.
Do you have a photo memory of your visit to the refuge? If so, you’re invited to join other wildlife photographers by submitting your favorite refuge photo. Please share!
Note: Summer hours for Wildlife Drive are 7 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. The Visitor & Education Center hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The front door to a welcoming smile and the key to your beachfront condo is just around the corner. That’s right! Our new, temporary Welcome Center entrance is on the left or beach side of our building. Just follow the boardwalk we’ve installed that leads you from the “old” entrance to the “new” entrance. We’ll greet you with the same friendly faces and offer the same unequaled five star vacation assistance that you have come to expect from your guest services team.
Stay tuned for updates on the added space, new amenities and remodeled interior we are constructing in the original Welcome Center. More room, comfort and conveniences will provide an added welcome to your vacation experience at Ocean’s Reach. We hope you’ll love our improvements designed for you!
Book your tickets and all board the water taxi to Captiva’s sister island, North Captiva! It’s a refreshing and fun way to navigate the Gulf of Mexico and sightsee our area’s wildlife and small barrier islands. Depart from Pine Island with Island Girl Charters and arrive at the Safety Harbor Club.
North Captiva Island is a privately and state owned remote destination for day excursions and overnight stays. You’ll notice the difference immediately–golf carts and bicycles are the only wheels of transportation allowed. Supplies and groceries are brought over by boat and the main source of entertainment are the endless stretches of beaches and a state park that offer miles of solace.
Meet up later at the popular restaurant and watering hole, Barnacle’s Restaurant, for top-notch Florida fare before heading back to Pine Island. You’ll be glad you savored one of Florida’s best-kept secrets.
A bit of interesting news thanks to our friends at the Sanibel Captiva Islander!
“There are an abundance of wildlife species which make Sanibel their home from turtles, birds, alligators – and now coyotes.
Coyotes were first officially documented living on the island in February of 2011, when one was photographed in the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on the banks of a mudflat.
Ever since, signs of coyote life continued, as the City of Sanibel notified the public of the sighting and asked citizens to report any other signs of the animal.
– See more here!
The Florida Fish and Wildlife determined coyotes are native to Florida, with coyotes appearing in the Florida fossil record,” said City of Sanibel Natural Resource Acting Director Holly Milbrandt. “So they are not considered an invasive species. We have a partnership with Ding Darling Refuge and the SCCF to keep monitoring the coyotes on the island.”
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!
Driving up to the beach at Ocean’s Reach in a little red convertible with the top down. You know you’ve arrived when the beach is just beyond your windshield and your senses detect “beach time”. Take a long deep breath and inhale the ocean breeze, salty air and summertime blue sky and simmering sun. You’re here.
We invite you to spend a summer vacation week with us or a five night break away over the upcoming Memorial Day holiday. Enjoy a little happiness by contacting us now to secure your holiday reservation.
Do you envision spending your beautiful days on the beach relaxing in style and comfort? If so, you’ll enjoy cool times and coziness from this beach cabana tent. We found one (and pretty much everything else you can fit into it) at Bailey’s True Value General Store on Sanibel. The cabana tent, alone, retails for about $30 and can easily be stored in your storage unit at the end of the day.
Ocean’s Reach guests love to stake a canopy or cabana tent in the sand for all day usage. It’s beach life at its best!