Category Archives: Travel

Shell Museum Reopens

 The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum was closed for a couple of weeks for remodeling and it is now open again.  In addition to new flooring, painting and lights, they updated the entry area and store museum and also installed hurricane grade windows throughout. Our shell musem is one of only 800 institutions in the US that is accredited by the American... Read More »


Ding Darling is Open

Finally…with the government back in business Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge has reopened Wildlife Drive.  It was closed all summer for the resurfacing project so we are glad to have it open again. The Education Center will open for business this afternoon at 1PM.   The tram tours will be operating today.  The 24th annual Ding Darling Days activities will go on... Read More »


Crab Races for Charity

Crab races continue on Thursday nights at Tween Waters Inn on Captiva. They have been going on for years and have been successful in raising lots of money for the United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades counties. They have averaged more than $10,000 a year over the past ten years. A nice way to help out and have some... Read More »


Government Shutdown affects Sanibel

Unfortunately, today’s grand reopening of Wildlife Drive in Ding Darling has been cancelled.  The drive has been closed all summer for repaving and today was supposed to be a day of celebration.  But with out dysfunctional Congress in a stalemate, the wildlife preserve is closed until further notice.  This also closes Tarpon Bay Explorer’s concessions and the Everglades National Park. Very... Read More »


Restaurant Week Coming in October

The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel will present the second annual Restaurant Week from Oct. 11-20. The event highlights local producers and sellers of the county’s sustainable food. More than 40 restaurants throughout Lee County will prepare three-course Prix Fixe menus for lunch and dinner. Also available are chef-curated hydroponic farm tours, wine tastings tours and cooking demonstrations. Information,... Read More »


Coastal Cleanup

Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 21 for international coastal clean up day.  If you are on Sanibel, go to SCCF between 9:00 and noon and pick up your trash bags and assigned area.  Lunch and snacks will be provided by Baileys on the Nature Center porch.  This is a great way to help remove coastal trash that can harm our... Read More »


Cactus Blooming

The night-blooming cactus has been on full display recently. You have to be up early to see them though as they only bloom at night and each blossom is only open for one night. It’s quite a display. Read More »


Ding Darling Update

In case you haven’t heard yet Ding Darling Wildlife Drive will be closed for repaving and other improvements from May 20 until October.  They have scheduled lots of other activities and programs to keep you busy including Family Beach Walks, Biking the Indigo Trail, Estuary Exploratory Tram rides, Natural Wonders, and lots more.  For more information on their summer programs,... Read More »


Top Seaside Towns

Coastal Living Magazine has just announced its top seaside towns in America and our own Sanibel Island came in third.  The green spaces, lack of high rises, wildlife, sunny weather, beaches and seashells were just some of the things that helped rank out island  We know this is paradise, now the world knows! Read More »


Sanibel Wins Again

TripAdvisor has awarded Sanibel with the 2013 Travelers’ Choice Islands Award. Based on millions of reviews and opinions posted from TripAdvisor travelers, the awards recognize top islands around the world.  Sanibel came in number 6.  TripAdvisor described Sanibel: “Most vacation spots are either relaxing (Tahiti) or family friendly (Orlando).  Sanibel Island, however, is that rare place with both.”  I couldn’t... Read More »