Island Living

Why I love living and raising my family on Sanibel Island

A Seashell Hunter’s Paradise [Video]

CBS Sunday Morning did a 5 minute story on seashell hunters and Sanibel Island. I’m not an ‘extreme’ collector like some featured on the show, but I do enjoy finding uncommon shells while strolling our living beaches. While at the beach last weekend, our 12 year old daughter Emily said it best: “Looking for shells […]

Sanibel Then and Now

During the 30 years I’ve known Sanibel, the island hasn’t changed much – at least not compared to the rest of Florida. However, the island did undergo a dramatic and rapid transformation starting in 1965 after the first bridge was built. Fortunately, proactive residents incorporated the City of Sanibel and put in place the Sanibel […]

But It’s a Dry Heat…

I took our son Andrew with me to a conference in Phoenix, then stayed for week south of Tucson visiting Grandparents and enjoying the mountains of the Sonoran Desert. It was a great week with horses, ATVs, gold mines, jeep rides, mountain trails, and hidden caves. The stark arid climate of Arizona contrasts with the […]

Morning Beach Surprise

Even after visiting and living here most of my life, Sanibel still amazes me. Last week Susan and I enjoyed an early morning walk on the beach. Still tired, my bleary eyes barely registered the brownish cloud of water that was apparent a few feet from shore. This didn’t seem notable as occasionally clumps of […]

Manatee Encounter [Video]

Several years ago, we went on our first kayak outing with the kids. Andrew (then about 6 years old) was in the tandem kayak with me as we drifted alongside what looked like a big log floating in the water. Both of us were startled as the log turned and a huge manatee (dwarfing our […]

Tourists, Traffic and Tantrums

Sanibel is not perfect. (What? Did I say that?) We actually have a few issues – and I’ll share one of the biggest gripes our busy season visitors have: Too much traffic. And its true – sort of. I just had a customer who was excited about what Sanibel has to offer. They drove onto […]

PHOTOS: Myakka River Get Away

Florida is full of natural beauty if you escape the sprawl and strip malls. Most visitors miss this as they hurry down the interstate focused on their destinations. But if you exit the freeway and slow down, you can begin to sense it. Myakka River State Park; however, slaps you in the face and says […]

Sanibel Ranked #1 In World by Frommer

Arthur Frommer has ranked Sanibel Island as his #1 favorite travel destination in the world – beating places like Bali and Paris (ranked #2 and #3)!!! Sanibel has won much recognition over the years, but being the personal favorite of such a renowned travel expert is high praise. Frommer calls Sanibel an “idyllic haven of […]

Christmas Eve on the Beach

Christmas Eve Service on Lighthouse Beach is a much loved Sanibel tradition. Hosted by the Sanibel Congregational Church, Pastor John Danner performed a meaningful retelling of the Christmas Story and led the singing of carols. The evening closed with a candle-lit Silent Night. Everyone is welcome, just bring your own beach chair or blanket!

Cayo Costa, A Remote Island Get Away

Just two islands north of Captiva in the chain of barrier islands that includes Sanibel is Cayo Costa. This undeveloped stretch of sand, scrub and woods accessable only by boat. The entire island of Cayo Costa is a State Park that includes 9 miles of stunning beaches and over 2500 acres of wilderness. You can […]