Category Archives: Travel


 All the cold weather up north has brought down lots of birds.  If you haven’t been through Ding Darling recently, you should go. Bird-watching is at it’s best right now. Read More »

Shelling Map

Shelling has always been one of the things that make Sanibel Special. It’s known widely for its prolific shelling. You can now scan the shores of Sanibel to find the best shelling spots on a new interactive map in the Shell Museum. The map allows shellers to post up-to-date information on shelling and beach conditions, The museum encourages enthusiasts to... Read More »

Merry Christmas from Sanibel and Captiva

 The sun is shining brightly and temps are predicted in the high 70’s for Christmas Day.  That’s my kind of Christmas! Wishing you all joy and happiness this holiday season. Read More »

Sanibel Lighthouse

Check out our newly painted lighthouse all decked out for Christmas! Read More »

Sanibel Island

 Don’t you wish you were here?! Another day in paradise…. Read More »

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 »