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Island Cinima Logo

Earlier this year, the owners of the Bailey’s Shopping Center decided to permanently close the islands’ only movie theater, Island Cinema (We should note that the BIG Arts center does show films on Monday nights from November to April, but these are mostly independent films...

Woman holding red "sorry were closed" sign.

It has been a stellar year for tourism on Sanibel and Captiva.  Call it “revenge travel” or the “pent-up need for travel,” but Southwest Florida hospitality (hotels, motels, vacation rentals, restaurants) and retail shops had such an influx of travelers (some of them for the...

The Bubble Room exterior

MERRY CHRISTMAS! (But, wait...it's barely September.  What happened to the pumpkin spice?)

We said that because "It's Always Christmas at The Bubble Room," one of Captiva Island's legendary restaurants.  From the first step inside it looks like Christmas from the 1920s to the 1940s exploded...

Lumminary at Jerrys shoppes

The Sanibel-Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce recently announced that the 2021 Luminary Festival will be celebrated in the traditional version, as approved by the City of Sanibel.

Last year, Luminary events were reimagined for the first full week in December to protect the public from...

Sanibel Holiday, Pink Shell Bag

Sanibel Island is renowned for its great shelling. It is considered to be in the top 3 shell collecting beaches in the world. The phrase "Sanibel Stoop" refers to the many people you will see all year long bent over collecting shells from the beach....

Sanibel Shells in hand

We just wanted to remind our guests (especially first-timers) that, while collecting shells is popular and highly encouraged, there are some you do not want to take with you.  Easily put, do not collect live shells (anything with a live mussel in it).

While most...

Island Hopper

We missed out last year, but the Island Hopper Songwriter Fest will make its triumphant return to Southwest Florida next month (September 17 – 26).

Sponsored by iHeart Media (and its local affiliate Cat Country 107.1 FM), The Beaches of Fort Myers &...

American Legion

Not many people who don’t live here realize there are organizations like the American Legion established on Sanibel.  Those of us who live towards the West end of the island or Captiva pass by it every single day.  Sitting at the big “S” curve at...

Dolphins playing in boat wake

…besides Miami, that is.

We’ve mentioned many times that Sanibel has boomed in new bookings since last summer when the COVID-19 lockdown was lifted.  This has led to many first-time visitors who have heard about our little Paradise and have decided to finally visit or...

Sunbathing Bunny

Let's face it...last Easter was terrible.  The islands were shut down, the beach accesses were closed (they even fenced the Causeway islands), and it was spooky quiet.  The boss often said, “You could shoot a cannon down Periwinkle Way and not hit anything.”  Almost everything...

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