Island Living

Why I love living and raising my family on Sanibel Island

Cool Video: Sanibel Rays

I often see Cownose Rays gliding in formation along the shore with their wing-tips lifting out of the water. Sometimes one will jump into the air and hit the water with a loud slap. These rays do have stingers, but they are not at all aggressive. As a kid, my friends and I chased and […]

Sanibel Island Neighbors: Sea Turtles

Sanibel is a haven for nature and nature lovers. As over 60% of our island is protected land, many species thrive here. I’ve always loved turtles and many species of these ancient hard shelled reptiles make their home on Sanibel Island. Today I’ll write a bit about our Sea Turtles. Sanibel Sea Turtles Every year […]

Video: The Sanibel Legacy

Sanibel is special – it was saved from bulldozers and the over-development that has scarred most of Florida. This unique character has attracted a community of folks who value living where nature and the environment are given high regard. This is what attracted our family to the island. I believe that Sanibel’s unique character and […]

Bowman’s Beach Sanibel Island

This weekend we took our family to Bowman’s Beach on the West end of Sanibel. This protected Sanibel beach has no development in sight, providing remote and natural landscape views. With only native vegetation, white sand and the Gulf of Mexico, you get a feel for ‘big sky’ as the low horizon expands in all […]

Sanibel Island Map Search Surprise

I was using the map search to do some research for a client and noticed a blemish on the map (click on the image to see it full sized). At first I didn’t take much notice, but as I kept scrolling over the area I became curious. So I zoomed in to reveal…..     […]

Sanibel School 3rd Grade Tops State Rankings…

KUDOS to Sanibel School 3rd graders for placing #1 in Lee County for FCAT Reading and Math scores!  These scores place our school’s 3rd grade in the top 1% of schools in the state on FCAT Reading and in the top 2% on FCAT Math.  Way to go!!

How not to worry about Hurricane Season

I don’t worry about hurricanes anymore. Don’t misunderstand me, I take them very seriously. I lived at ground zero for Hurricane Andrew in Miami (a category 5 beast) so I have first hand experience of what they can do. I just don’t WORRY about them anymore. Why not? I prepare and have a plan. That’s […]

What Does Hurricane Season Mean for Sanibel?

From June 1st through November 30th it’s hurricane season again. For the Gulf Coast of Florida, the hurricane season doesn’t usually heat up until the second half: late August through November. The peak of the season on Sanibel Island is September 10th. Every place to live has special considerations: quakes, tornados, floods, monster blizzards, pollution, […]

Captiva & Sanibel Summer Camps for Kids

***There is a newer version of this article. Click here to read the latest Summer Camp article.*** As I get ready to register 3 of our kids for summer camp, it dawned on me that having suggestions for friends might be helpful. (Abby, our 10 month old will be having fun at Phoebe’s Nest this […]

Videos of The Sanibel School, National Blue Ribbon Award Winner, K-8

As a mother of 4, The quality of the Sanibel School had a major impact on our decision to raise our family on the islands. Our 3 oldest are attending and we are all extremely pleased. As a smaller school in a small community, it doesn’t have all the resources of the large city school […]