Category Archives: Island Happenings

Anteater at Naples Zoo with a pumpkin

4 Upcoming Holiday Events Near Sanibel

Envisioning pristine, secluded beaches and rich, natural ecosystems to explore? Look no further than Sanibel Island and its little sister, Captiva Island. This natural paradise boasts a beautiful coastline that attracts wind surfers and sailors. Some of the world’s largest seashells have also been found on the beaches of Sanibel Island. Combing these beautiful shores, you might be lucky enough... Read More »


People crossing a race finish line

5 Fun Races Near Sanibel and Captiva

The locals of Sanibel and Captiva Islands often get together for some sports. Whether you’re into yoga, racing and running, or pickleball, the island has something for you. From school runs for ages 5-12 to epic and athletic events for adults, there’s a whole lot of fun to be had in the area if you love to race. The races... Read More »


For such a seemingly quaint and small island paradise, Sanibel Island has an absolutely captivating history.

More Sanibel Island History

For such a seemingly quaint and small island paradise, Sanibel Island has an absolutely captivating history. Since its natural creation as a rising sediment bed about 6,000 years ago, to its establishment as a major bastion for pirates, nothing about Sanibel Island’s history is normal. When the Spanish “discovered” Sanibel around 1513, it was already populated by the Calusa Indians.... Read More »


Getting Involved On Sanibel

Living on Sanibel is more than just owning property and enjoying the many island pleasures. It is a quiet, caring bustling residential community that has a point-of-view –  one that has thoughtfully managed the development of the island and preserved its natural beauty with a commitment that is widely admired. Sanibel is a frame of mind – an idea that... Read More »


Sanibel Island History

Sanibel Island –  Born of a Revolution Sanibel got its beginnings about 6,000 years ago as a spit of sand in the Gulf of Mexico. It grew with sand deposits from the Caloosahatchee River and ultimately became an island of 15 to 20 miles. It was discovered by Ponce de Leon of Spain in 1513. After several hundred years of... Read More »


halloween on sanibel island

Trick or Treat the Sanibel Way

The fun and high jinks of Halloween is active and spine-tingling on these paradise islands. The city has made it official by suggesting that trick or treating start at 5 PM and run to 8:30 PM. And they have loaded city police cars with candy for any trick or treaters they meet along the way. So the islands are ready... Read More »


SANIBEL SHELL FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND

Come visit the 80th annual Sanibel Shell Festival at the Sanibel Community House March 2nd, 3rd and 4th. The Festival hours are 9am to 5pm Thursday and Friday. Saturday the event runs 9am to 4pm. Admission to the grounds is free but there is a $5 charge to get into the Shell Show inside the Community House. With paid admission,... Read More »


GO WILD FOR “DING” WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 8TH, 2017

The “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society is having it’s annual fundraising event “Go Wild for Ding” Wednesday February 8th at 5:30pm. This year’s wildlife theme – GIVE A HOOT – concentrates on Florida’s five species of native owls: Barn, Barred, Burrowing, Eastern Screech, and Great Horned. This season’s event takes place at the Sanibel Community House and features a buffet, live... Read More »


CRUISE TO TARPON LODGE AND CALUSA INDIAN MOUNDS

Captiva Cruises is offering a look at the historic fish houses and fishing culture of the Pine Island Sound. This cruise departs at 10am on Tuesday December 27th and will return at approximately 3pm. Lunch will be served at the 1926 Tarpon Lodge. Call Captiva Cruises at 239-472-5300 for more information. Read More »


BIG ARTS PRESENTS “A CHRISTMAS CAROL”

“A Christmas Carol” is being performed at the BIG ARTS Strauss Theater now through December 23. Matinee and evening shows are offered so come and enjoy the fun! For information or to buy tickets go to www.bigarts.org or call 239-395-0900. Read More »