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Sanibel Halloween

Sanibel Ghost Stories: The Treasure of Oliver Bowen – Pirate Gold, Diamonds, Grave Robbers and the Body in the Well. Sanibel Island is rich in history, with a long and diverse past. Most of the year, Sanibel is seen as a sun-drenched island of dreams. But as All-Hallows Eve approaches, the days get shorter, the shadows lengthen, and the smell of pumpkin spice fills the air. It is during these long dark nights of Halloween, […]

Healthy Beach Vacations with Kids

Choosing a healthy beachfront vacation when traveling with kids Today countless scientific studies emphasize the importance of a healthy beachfront vacation, especially for children. The health benefits of the sea for children are so many: pediatricians often recommend bringing children to the beach. But why? Have you ever wondered? The reasons are varied, in fact the sea air, rich in iodized salts, is a real panacea for overall health in general. Not to mention the […]

Relaxation, freedom and finding yourself.

We recently consulted with an expert on lifestyles, relaxation, meditation and culture to ask what is it about the beach and the sea which has such a positive effect on the body and mind? This expert in Yoga and meditation holds an MBA in cultural studies and currently resides in Italy where she helps people find inner peace and develop healthy lifestyles. She had some very enlightening views on the sea and shore, and this […]

Patience Rodriguez wins Customer Service E Award

Select Vacation Properties is proud to announce that Patience Rodriguez was the recipient of the Honorable Mention award at the 2018 Elaine McLaughlin Hospitality Service Awards.  The awards are held annually by the News-Press and the Lee County Visitors and Convention Bureau to recognize those within the hospitality and allied industries who positively impact a visitor or resident’s experience in Lee County. Patience is the head of owner relations and the senior reservation coordinator at […]

Select Vacation Properties in Top 500

Select Vacation Properties has been recognized for the second year in a row as one of the Gulf Coast Top 500 by the Florida Business Observer. The 2018 Top 500 list ranks the top 500 companies from nine counties from Polk to Collier by revenue.   In addition to the list, the Top 500 also features strategies and stories of the companies, and bits of information you may not know about them.  In addition to being […]

Red Tide levels declining on Sanibel

The latest Red Tide Status Update from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission shows that while red tide is still present in the waters off Sanibel, the number of samples testing with high or medium levels has declined by greater than 25% over the last week.  This is the largest weekly decline in red tide levels for any county on the Gulf Coast of Florida.  We look forward to seeing this trend continue until our […]

Resilience in the face of red tide outbreak on Sanibel

In recent weeks it seems that all of the news coming out of Sanibel Island and Southwest Florida regarding the red tide is bad. However, there are plenty of stories of heroism, resilience, survival, hope and recovery, if you take the time to look.  Admittedly, in the first weeks of the recent algae bloom it was hard to find any silver linings, with dead sea life and our sick waterways impossible to ignore. But after […]

Sanibel Red Tide Update

Sanibel Red Tide Bloom- What is it? As of Monday August 5th, conditions appear to be improving on the beaches of Sanibel, after a significant outbreak of red tide last week.  For those not familiar with red tide, it is a colloquial name for a naturally occurring growth of red algae know as Karenia Brevis. Many types of algae naturally occur in the southeastern United States.  Karenia brevis is a dinoflagellate found in the Gulf […]

Sanibel Beach Conditions and Water Quality

Sanibel Beach Conditions Sanibel Island is surrounded by water, so the Sanibel beach conditions are important to any island vacation. Our team at Select Vacation Properties understands your concerns about water quality and we take the comfort and safety of our guests very seriously. We all live and work here, and  these waters are a huge part of daily life for our families and children as well.  When it comes to beach conditions, we recommend […]

Sanibel Island ban on single-use plastic straws

  The Sanibel City Council recently approved a Sanibel Island ban on single-use plastic straws.  This eco-friendly decision is in keeping with Sanibel’s long tradition of being a steward of the environment.  There will be a final hearing on August 7, at which time the ban will be signed, and will go into effect 12o days later.  Plastic straws have long been a danger to sea life and contribute to the massive amounts of plastic […]