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2021 out 2022 in

Another year has come to pass, which is harder to believe than ever.  The islands were so busy this year, the time just flew by us.

We have several suggestions for ringing in 2022, Island Style.  Unless otherwise indicated, most businesses are scheduled to open...

Sanibel Lighthouse at Christmas

Before we get to the dining options, we want to let you know that the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge will be open on Christmas Day with FREE ADMISSION for the motor trail!

First, the bad news.  If you are arriving on Christmas Day,...

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 &...

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