What daughter can resist her mother’s invitation to spend a day on Sanibel? Patsy and daughter Courtney (hard to tell mother from daughter, isn’t it?) fueled their full day of shopping and dining with some hard-core bicycle riding. Favorite stops were Periwinkle Place, Tahitian Gardens, Jerry’s Shopping Center and Olde Sanibel Shoppes. Continuing west, they biked to West Wind Inn for a relaxing lunch overlooking the beach. Re-energized, and with just a few more stops to complete their island shopping spree, Happy Hour at Cheeburger Cheeburger was beckoning with an ice float. What is an ice float? It’s an old fashioned milk shake! Nice, soothing and rewarding for two gals just enjoying being together and miles away from the cares of home, work and school.
Sounds like a perfect escape for you moms out there. Come visit us and invite your best gals for a carefree mother daughter getaway at Ocean’s Reach.
There was a lot of activity on the court this past weekend. That is, the Ocean’s Reach shuffleboard court. When these two brothers from Britain were asked if they would like to smile for the camera, their immediate response was “of course” and then they requested that an action shot be taken as well! Our young guests love shuffleboard and Sanibel saying, “We like Sanibel because it’s warm.”
The girls at Ocean’s Reach are feeling pretty cool in their heated pool, enjoying lots of girl talk. If you are missing your sweetie, mother or best friend, our pristine gulfside pool is the first place to check. It’s an oasis of relaxation and a magnet for making new friends and where donning a golf cap is socially acceptable on the deck and in the water!
The October sun shines from around 7:45 a.m. to 6:45 p.m., so girls, we’ll look forward to seeing you in the shallow end for a friendly dip and a chat!
Explore the hidden wonders of Sanibel! The newly reopened and improved Pond Apple Trail offers all season enjoyment and now connects with the Shipley Trail at the new Bailey Homestead Preserve. Two trails in one!
Enjoy meandering or take a rigorous hike or bicycle ride through the various preserve habitats including tropical hardwood forest, pine flatwoods, and wetland forest. Open water habitats allow you to observe wildlife in their native habitats, where you may see bobcats, alligators, wading birds, migratory songbirds and bald eagles.
The two-mile trek from Roadside City Park to the Sanibel-Captiva Chamber of Commerce parking lot offers plenty of shade, boardwalks, benches and educational points of interest along the way that provide a respite of reflection and refreshment.
Enjoy a “road less traveled” experience along the wide soft shelled surfaces of this “off the beaten path” treasure!
We are re-posting news of the USA Today’s “Best Birdwatching” contest as the link to their contest page did not work for us the other day. Fingers crossed, it will work this time around! Join us and let the rest of the country know about the spectacular birding paradise they can enjoy on Sanibel Island!
Birdwatching is a huge pastime in the USA, and fall is migration season.
What better time to launch USA Today’s Best Birdwatching Contest?
You have until Monday, November 10, noon PT to vote for your favorite birdwatching destination.
We would like to see if Ocean’s Reach fans can help Sanibel reach the top of the tally board!
You can vote once a day up until Nov 10. Please click here and vote!
Are you nostalgic for Halloween at home with the kids or grandkids? If so, our recommendation for a Happy Halloween while staying on Sanibel is Lakes Regional Park’s Fall Festival and Halloween Extravaganza. It’s a festival for all ages with more fun than fright and more treats than tricks. It’s worth the trip over the causeway!
Wander through the lighted Halloween themed park villages after dark on a 15 minute Haunted Express train ride. Take a hay ride to Lee County’s largest pumpkin patch and vote for your favorite scarecrows in the annual “Scarecrows in the Park” contest. And there’s more! Family activities, games, bounce houses, face painting, photo displays and lots of food! If you arrive before dark, you can enjoy the recreational activities that Lakes Park offers including walking and fitness trails, botanical gardens, boating and bicycling.
Attend now through October 31 from 6 – 9:30 p.m. weekdays and from 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free but there is a parking fee of $1.00/hour.
You’ll notice a lot of happy faces because Lakes Regional Park is such a beautiful place and the weather in October is so refreshing! Enjoy these photos of both the wild and the extravagant side of our amazing park.