Sanibel Captiva Newsletter

Average Monthly Temps

  • Jan - 74 / 53
  • Feb - 75 / 54
  • Mar - 80 / 58

The forecast is for GREAT weather!

Trying to decide the perfect time for your trip? Be sure to read through our helpful tips for Timing Your Visit.

Did You Know?

- The always popular Rotary Arts & Crafts Show, the 5th annual "Walk On the Wild Side" and the 71st annual Shell Fair are all right around the corner?

Get information on these and many other upcoming events on our Special Events Calendar.

- The world's largest key lime pie was made at (then) South Seas Plantation on Captiva in September 1987. It weighed in at 2,138 pounds.
Fun Tip

Bowman's Beach has several new additions including a Seniorsí Fitness Trail, canoe and kayak launch, gazebos at the picnic site, and a playground for children. The launch site is equipped with a skid-proof ramp that allows users to bring their cars almost to the water-line to drop off kayaks and canoes without having to carry them from the parking lot.
Shelling Tips

Heads or Tails?
The pointed end of a spiral shell, called the apex, is the tail of the snail that lives inside. The snail's head will always emerge from the larger, open, channeled end.

Are You Ready... spend a year on the Islands?'s 2008 Calendar is still available! The hanging wall calendar features 13 amazing full-color photographs taken by our Message Board members. On the Islands, you can get a copy at MacIntosh Books, otherwise visit the Cool Stuff! store and have one (or more!) delivered right to your door!

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  Island Happenings

A Happy New Year and A Happy Anniversary
We hope that the first month of 2008 has been great for everyone and finds you happily planning your next trip to Sanibel and Captiva.

For us, 2008 means that has entered its 9th year - an eternity in "web time", when trends come and go in the blink of an eye. But that doesn't make BOSC a digital dinosaur; the site is constantly adding new, interactive and fun features. Given that, its pleasing but not surprising that our site continues to show impressive growth in the number of visitors year after year. Take a look at some of our newest highlights:

Video content - Our first video, Sanibel Island Seashells - Secrets of SW Florida's Best Vacation Beach, has been extremely well received! Thank you for all of your comments, e-mails and suggestions on what you would like to see next. Keep your eyes peeled for additional videos to be added throughout the year.

Our Message Board - the only island-based forum for Sanibel and Captiva that continues offer fresh, updated information daily! If you're planning your first trip to our Islands, don't hesitate to ask any question...and then relax, knowing that you will receive the "Best", most relevant answers available! Our moderator and members - both residents and long-time visitors - are ready, willing and able to help you plan a vacation you'll never forget. For those of you who've already caught Island Fever, we are a wonderful way to keep in touch with paradise year 'round. Keep posting your stories and pictures!

Customize and personalize - With the recent addition of RSS feeds and bookmarking features you can make your own channel, just the way you like it. And with the addition of our new search feature, it's easier than ever to find exactly what you're interested in.

Family-friendly fun - is packed with information and pictures, in an environment parents can feel good about. Browse the site with your children and share the excitement of planning without worrying about pop-ups or what lurks on the next page.

Photographs - new full-color pictures give you an exclusive peek into life on the Islands. We are always putting new pictures into rotation throughout the site, so you'll never find the rehash seen on other sites. Have you visited our homepage recently?

So, is BOSC planning to rest on its laurels? No way! In the months to come, keep an eye out for new additions and even more exclusive on-line features. Changing, growing, and striving to do things better is our way...and its a way that always gives visitors something new to discover at

Airline Updates
As you pack for your vacation, keep in mind that as of January 1, 2008 airline passengers are no longer able to pack loose lithium batteries in checked luggage. The new regulation, designed to reduce the risk of lithium battery fires, will continue to allow lithium batteries in checked baggage ONLY if they are installed in electronic devices, in their original packaging or stored in plastic bags. Common electronics such as cameras, cell phones, and most laptop computers are still allowed in carry-on and checked luggage, however, the rule now limits travelers to bringing only two extended-life rechargeable lithium batteries (I.E. laptop, DVD player, camera) in carry-on baggage. For further information, please visit

Good news to those planning to check luggage with Southwest Airlines. Beginning January 29, 2008, you will now be able to check up to two bags (up to 50 pounds each) for free. A third bag, not exceeding 50 pounds, will be accepted for a $25 charge. Additional bags or items heavier than 50 pounds are subject to variable charges.

From the Forum
Our Message Board remains a very popular addition - many folks log on several times a day, checking to see what's new in their favorite vacation spot and taking a little armchair trip to the islands.  Come "Dream" with us at!

A quote from a recent visitor:

"I just wish to tell you how much I love your site and I finally signed up for the newsletter, which I am enjoying as well. A friend told me about your site about two years ago and I have been using it ever since. When we first decided to come to Sanibel, I chose our condo by researching on your site and planned a great trip. My family was amazed because I had preplanned where to eat, what to see, etc. all without having been there. Unfortunately, this year we will be unable financially to take a trip, but it is so nice to visit your site and still dream. All of the information on your site is truly useful and I really appreciate it. Whenever I am feeling a little down I just go to your site and think of the wonderful times I have had with my family. Our trip was some of the very best moments we have shared. Thank you so much for all you do."

Our Mailbox
"Do you know what Deadmans Fingers are? I talked to 2 women on the beach who were looking for them. I didn't want to admit I had no idea what they were talking about but I've been curious every since."

Deadman's Fingers - photo courtsey of Winston Williams/Florida's Fabulous Seashells Dead Man's Fingers is a type of sponge that is frequently found washed up on the beach. These aren't the lufa in your shower though. It is usually reddish-orange in color with a long narrow shape, resembling - you guessed it - fingers. Sponges are not plants, they are animals and those that wash up are skeletons.

Sponges found on the beach can be collected but a word of warning: they must be thoroughly dried out to preserve them, something best accomplished away from everyone and everything - sponges have a horrible smell while curing! If you decide you want to try it hold the sponge under running water and using gloves rinse out the sponge, squeezing repeatedly until the water runs clear. NEVER use bare hands for this, you will get cut. Find a pair of old winter or cotton gloves; latex is too thin. Remove as much water as possible. Place the sponge in a covered container of isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol for 48 hours. Its not necessary to cover the sponge - it will soak up the alcohol. After 48 hours, remove the sponge from the alcohol but do not wring it out. Set the sponge in the sun and let dry. Unfortunately, Dead Man's Fingers doesn't keep its beautiful color and will dry to a grayish-tan color.

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