Turn your family’s summer appetite into a vacation memory! Our beautiful outdoor dining area — The Grove — features four gas grills and comfortable dining furniture. Best of all, you can also enjoy a scenic view of our pond and butterfly garden!
Plan an outdoor spread for breakfast, lunch or dinner, or picnic anytime during the day with snacks and your favorite beverages. All you have to do is sit back, relax, and watch the smiles grow!
Ocean’s Reach delivers two amazing waterfront experiences for our guests to enjoy. One is nature made and a prime reason our guests return year after year: our beach!
The other is man made and requires daily attention to maintain its pristine, crystal blue waters: our refreshing gulffront pool!
Which to enjoy first? What a wonderful dilemma to have! Make time to enjoy them both while visiting Ocean’s Reach. We’re one of a very few Sanibel condo resorts that provides two waterfronts sharing the same panoramic view!
We received a wonderful email from Viktoria R., a sophomore and Public Relations major at Franklin College in Franklin, Indiana. She sent us this write-up which we’re delighted to share with you!
No One Crabby Here
My family and I had just walked out onto the beach with our beach chairs and umbrella when I saw this little guy out of the corner of my eye. I stooped down to its level and tried my best to capture a picture from the crab’s point of view. Using my iPhone, I took the picture and spent a few seconds admiring this little guy. Though seeing a crab might be the norm for locals, it was pretty special for me since I do not reside in the state. I love the beach of Ocean’s Reach. Every time my family and I stay, we get quite the treat. From spotting dolphins in the distant waves, to meeting this little crab, we are always welcomed with all sorts of wildlife. We can guarantee a stay at Ocean’s Reach will never leave us crabby.
From Denise and Frank Coyne (Andy’s Irish neighbors! ):
No, we were not born on Sanibel but we got there as soon as possible. And once here, we decided to return every year for more than 30 years. As a lot of you know, biking is our hobby while we are here on the island.
Once again this year, we had decided to have a more relaxing holiday here, but I think we have surpassed ourselves on the bike mileage again.
We have not missed a breakfast in the Lighthouse Cafe any morning since we arrived on May 4. Then, coffee at 11 a.m . in the Love Boat, which also, may I say, has some great ice creams. Where would we be without Finnimore’s? Possibly still at home in Ireland. When we arrive, our bikes are waiting for us at our house, ready to go, with the odometer zeroed. Thanks to Kevin for looking after us so well for many years.
Another favorite pastime of ours is eating delicious mangos. Thanks again Lee Ellen and Andy and Merle (who we miss so much) for all the wonderful mangos.
We are looking forward to trying to get our friends Kevin and Jewel to visit us in Ireland. We also are looking forward to having Stan and Melinda visit us again this year in September and join us at our music festivities in West Cork, which they did also last year. These are just some of the very good friends we have made during our many years on Sanibel Island.
To date, we have 3,092 miles on the odometer and still have a little over two weeks left. From the time we began recording our mileage in 2003, we have 43,304 miles done (and that, for a piece of useless information, is about 1.73 times the equatorial circumference). We will be sorry to leave Sanibel, but it may give some of you residents a rest from us, ringing the bike bell as we pass you by on the bike paths. Will be looking forward to seeing you all again next year.
A romantic touch greets guests in this Ocean’s Reach bedroom, thanks to our very talented housekeeper. See the two swans forming a heart shape in the middle? It’s yet another way to wish our guests a very special welcome.
While the swans look intricate, the “towel art” is not as tricky to make as it look. In fact, you can create one in a matter of minutes!
Curious as to how to create your own towel swan for your guests at home? Take a peek below!
It’s the fastest growing water sport in the world. Are you on board? Sanibel’s tranquil waterways are sprinkled with SUPers (Stand Up Paddleboarders) surfing around the island with a single paddle and board.
You can easily join them by having a paddleboard delivered to Ocean’s Reach. We recommend Finnimore’s and YOLO Watersports. The board is lightweight to carry into the gulf. Once in the water, crawl onto the board and slowly rise up to a standing position. You did it!! Now just explore navigating the waters, paddling on each side of the board. How’s your balance? Use your core to stabilize your posture. Enjoy!
Soon, you can “surf” your way up or down the shoreline and back again to Ocean’s Reach where you can safely park your board for your next paddle adventure.
Guess who stopped by our table at the Independence Day pancake breakfast earlier this month? Our newly appointed Chief of Police, William “Bill” Dalton!
Residents and guests are always encouraged to report any suspicious activity to the Sanibel Police Department so that we can maintain our excellent safety status. The Chief and his force can be proud of the fact that Sanibel is one of the safest cities in Florida!
It’s fun to go through our photos and see some favorite faces!
These colorful folks had a great time once again at the annual Sanibel Community Church’s free 4th of July Pancake Breakfast. It’s a Sanibel tradition to start our country’s birthday celebration with friends and all-you-can-eat pancakes — not to mention a delicious assortment of sides, syrups and toppings!
These two friendly couples look forward to their celebratory meal together, having met as neighbors at Ocean’s Reach several years ago. They are also from neighboring states, Georgia and South Carolina! And they’ll be renewing their friendship next 4th of July at Ocean’s Reach!
We invite you to join them. You might make new lifelong friends!
Visitors and residents alike agree that CROW is one of the most special places on the island. The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife is a teaching hospital and visitor education center dedicated to saving wildlife through state-of-the-art veterinary care, research and education.
Each year, CROW cares for approximately 3,500 wildlife patients including more than 200 species of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife in its veterinary hospital, which is one of the nation’s leading rehabilitation facilities for native and migratory wildlife. Its Visitor Education Center offers behind-the-scenes views into their animal care thorugh live camera feeds, interactive displays and daily presentations by staff and volunteers.
There’s so much to do and learn at CROW that it definitely makes our “Don’t Miss” list for visits to Sanibel! For more information, visit their website here.