Some of our amazing guests are accomplished kite flyers and entertainers.
They utilize the beach as their flying field and use their hobby to mesmerize our guests at Ocean’s Reach.
From a beach chair, the pool deck or a gulf front lanai, guests can enjoy watching action in the skies courtesy of these adept kite flyers.
It’s, quite simply, art in flight. Look up and smile!
We were delighted to receive the note below from longtime guest, Joann W, from Centerville, OH, letting us know of her recent rare bird sighting!
We have stayed at Ocean’s Reach for many years and always look forward to staying with you on Sanibel Island.
While I stayed with you last week I saw a yellow-breasted chat at Bailey’s Tract. This is a very rare bird for Sanibel Island.
My photo and sighting is currently listed on Ding Darling’s recent sightings list.
We had a great time and are looking forward to returning next year!
“Wild Wolf — The Great Civil War Rivalry” is a fresh look at Union Col. Frank Wolford, the celebrated Civil War cavalier and rival of Confederate raider John Hunt Morgan.
Written by Wolford’s great-great nephew — and frequent Ocean’s Reach guest — Ronald Wolford Blair, the book discusses in detail Wolford’s heroic leadership in part of more than 300 battles and skirmishes, during which he was wounded seven times, as well as his notable rivalry with Morgan’s Raiders. Additional details about Wolford’s political career and personal life are revealed, plus little-known facts about his policy disputes with President Abraham Lincoln.
Ron said the book has been a lifetime work in the making, and reveals United States history never told in its entirety. To learn more, visit www.acclaimedpress.com.
Beautifying the entrance of our Guest Services office are two beautiful white gardenia plants approaching full bloom.
Southern Living magazine says, “No plant expresses the grace of the South better than the fragrant blossoms of the gardenia.” Its aroma is only matched by its elegant beauty and stately presence.
If you love the aroma of the gardenia flower, Ocean’s Reach is just the sweet-smelling place for you!
What a delight to discover another walking and biking adventure on Sanibel!
Get ready to explore the nature preserves and wildlife on the Sanibel Community Park/Frannie’s Preserve Extension Trail. Hikers and bicyclists of all ages and levels will love viewing ponds and birds contained within a wetland savannah, dense canopied buttonwood forestand West Indian tropical hardwood hammock.
Here’s how to start your discovery:
- Ride or walk to the back of the Sanibel Community Playground on Periwinkle Way.
- Follow the almost two mile trail to the Shared Use Pathway on Tarpon Bay Road.
- Enjoy another natural treasure on Sanibel!
Don’t miss a chance to see your favorite baseball team in the Florida Grapefruit League play in Fort Myers during February and March. Many of our guests take a jaunt over the causeway to catch spring training in action at JetBlue Park at Fenway South. The weather is relaxing, the crowds are easy to mingle with and the prices are reasonable. A winning combination!
Why is this Ocean’s Reach guest family so happy? Their beautiful vacation stay at Ocean’s Reach was enhanced with a victory on the diamond!
Red Sox 10. Pirates 7.
What a lucky devil!
Favorite longtime guest, Don P, recently found this crown jewel shell of Sanibel — the Scaphella junonia — more commonly known as “THE Junonia.”
Shellseekers comb our beaches (in this writer’s case, for decades!) in hopes of snaring the rare beauty. Don mentioned that this was the second junonia he has found, the first being over 20 years ago off the beach of Ocean’s Reach.
The Junonia belongs to the volute family which is a taxonomic family of medium-sized to extremely large predatory sea snails. Volutes (Latin for “scroll”) are known for their distinctively marked sprial shells. The junonia is a cream-colored shell with rows of mahogany-colored square dots, and is named after Juno, the ancient Roman goddess, known for her stately beauty.
The junonia is a deep-water species commonly found in 60 to 120 feet of water. It is rarely found washed up on the beach, making it a valued collector’s item.
Family programs on tap for Earth Day at the Refuge!
Bike or hike Wildlife Drive for free, watch a free film, and take advantage of free programs at this year’s 47th Anniversary of Earth Day at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, April 22, 2017.
The day’s highlights include an earth-friendly Family Story & Crafts (10 a.m.) featuring the reading of One Tiny Turtle and making turtles and other wildlife out of recycled materials. Guests can also attend the free Gators & Crocs (10 a.m.) and Birding the Refuge (1 p.m.) programs and meet Bagzilla, a “bag monster” dressed in the average person’s annual plastic bag consumption. The multi-award-winning film Bag It!: Is Your Life Too Plastic? (11 a.m.) reveals, in an entertaining manner, just how plastic crazy we really are and how we can change the pattern.
The first 50 people to enter the Refuge Visitor & Education Center Classroom that day after 10 a.m. will receive a free reusable bag made from recycled plastic bottles!
Take a look at our new Ocean’s Reach osprey family!
The newborn babies are a wonderful sight to see. We had nervously waited over six weeks for the osprey hatchlings to announce themselves, and had almost given up hope until lo and behold our guest cameraman delivered these awesome baby photos!
Congratulations to the proud parents and to our guest photographer, Scott N, from Indianapolis, IN. His photos are not only beautifully detailed, but incredibly heartwarming, as well.
We’re delighted to welcome our new osprey family to the Ocean’s Reach “loft”!