Events And Fun Facts

  • 1Feb2016

    Sanibel Shell Show Festival

    Sanibel Real Estate

    When I was a kid, we referred to the Sanibel Shell Show as the "Shell Fair". It was a for the curious and serious collectors alike.

    As a young girl, I dreamed of one day having a collection of specimen shells that would be worthy of display at this annual event. Well, that never happened. However, after obtaining a Master's Degree in Biochemistry, I donated a large collection of my shells to the University of Central Florida's Biology Department where it remained on display for many years (see photo).

    After touring UCF with my son this year, we detoured to the Biology building only to find that my shells were no where to be found. Now after 30 years, I really didn't expect that they would still be there, but I had to know where they were. Our next detour was to the Administration Office of the Biology Department. Imagine my shock when Dr.Graham Worthy, the Head of the Biology Department, informed me that new custom cabinets were being made just for my shell collection donated 30 years ago. They will soon be back on display in his office and the Conference Rooms of UCF's Biology Department!

    Still I wonder if I will ever have a collection worthy of display at the Sanibel Shell Festival...

  • 24Jan2016

    Full Moon Low Tide Shelling

    Sanibel Real Estate

    After several days of strong winds out of the Northwest, today's full moon low tide litters Sanibel Island beaches with seashells, sponges, soft corals, stone crab traps, blue crab traps, starfish and sea urchins.

    READ MORE to see a video of the beach!

  • 1Jan2016

    Sanibel Captiva Trivia Test

    Sanibel Real Estate

    Are you an expert on Sanibel and Captiva? Have fun with our weekly email trivia test.

    Our weekend preview emails occasionally test your local Sanibel and Captiva Island knowledge. Are you an island expert? How well do you know our neighborhoods, beaches, plants, flowers, shells, fish, birds and more...

    Check below to see how well you know the answers to this week's Sanibel and Captiva Trivia Challenge.

    (Triva Questions are found on our weekend preview emails only)

  • 31Dec2015

    Cooking with the Island Stars

    Sanibel Real Estate

    If you love good food, and supporting the Sanibel Captiva community, then be sure to tip the wonderful local celebrity chefs who will be cooking to help raise money for the Sanibel Community House.

  • 18Dec2015

    Holiday Stroll at South Seas

    Friday & Saturday evenings in December, South Seas Island Resort opens its gates to the public for a memorable Holiday Stroll around the Marina at Yacht Harbour.

  • 10Nov2015

    Under The Sea Bailey Matthews Fundraiser

    Sanibel Shell Museum

    The Under the Sea Fundraiser is an annual event occurring in our high season. Hosted at the museum after hours, guests enjoy dining and great entertainment while supporting the work of the Museum.

    The Bailey Matthews National Shell Museum is a must see for any Sanibel Island visitor.

  • 1Nov2015

    Sanibel Captiva Heart Walk

    Sanibel Real Estate

    Every year supporters and walkers as well as survivors will gather at the corner of Island Inn Road and Tarpon Bay Road across from the Bailey General Store, to walk 5K with a 1 mile route available to support the American Heart Association.

    You can be a participant, a sponsor or create your own team. All proceeds benefit the American Heart Association.

  • 1Oct2015
    "Ding" Darling Days Amateur Nature Photography Contest

    "Ding" Darling Days Amateur Nature Photography Contest

    Judged in October to celebrate the birthday of Jay Norwood "Ding" Darling,one of America's most well known conservationists, cartoonist and wildlife advocate, the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society’s amateur photography contest attracts talented photographers year after year. This amateur photo contest began in 1986 and the tradition continues.

    "Bath Time" by Kent Jager of Sanibel, FL