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Sanibel and Captiva Happenings November 13 – November 19

Sanibel’s Weather this week looks like it’s going to be Sunny, with highs in the 80’s and lows in the mid 60’s in the evenings! Kingfisher Real Estate and Kingfisher Vacations want you to enjoy this beautiful week in paradise and share with you some of Sanibel and Captiva’s best Island activities. These local activities can be enjoyed by all ages and group sizes!

Monday, Nov 13

CRAB RACES FAMILY SHOW 6 p.m. ADULT SHOW 9 p.m. – Crow’s Nest Captiva

CROW case of the week. Adults $12, Kids $7, 3 and under free

Center for Life $2.50 for members $5 for non-members – Sanibel Island :

Bridge @ 12:30

Mahjongg @ 12:30

Happy Hour fitness @ 8 am (must be a member,12 month membership $20)

Essential total fitness @ 9:30am

Sanibel Rec – Sanibel Island:

Pick up softball at 6:30

50/50 Cardio Sculpt @ 7:00am

Cycle Zone @ 8:30 am

Shallow Water Aerobics @ 9 am

Zumba @ 10 am

Restorative Yoga @ 5:30pm

Live Music by THE RENATA BAND 8 to 11 p.m – Jacaranda Patio Lounge – Sanibel

Live Music by MARK DUPUY 4:30 to 9 p.m. – The Mucky Duck – Captiva

Tuesday, Nov 14

Center for Life – Sanibel Island:

Kayaking @ 8:30

Power Hour Fitness @ 8am

Gentle Yoga @ 9:30

Chair Yoga @ 11am

Rummikub @ 1pm

Sanibel Rec – Sanibel Island:

Slow Flow Yoga @ 8 am

Deep Water Aerobics @ 10:30am

Cycle Zone @ 5:30

Open Mic Night – 8 to 11 p.m. (or later) at George and Wendy’s – Sanibel

WEEKLY OPEN MIC 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. – Point Ybel Brewing – Fort Myers

Wednesday, Nov 15

Center for Life – Sanibel Island:

Bridge @ 12:30

Essential Total Fitness @ 9:30

Crafty Corner: Alcohol Ink on Ceramic Tiles and Shells. 1-3PM, $35 for members, $40 for  non-members. Register in advance

Sanibel Rec – Sanibel Island:

50/50 Cardio Sculpt @ 7:00 am

Zumba @ 10am

Restorative Yoga @ 5:30pm

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT AT OUTDOOR PATIO 6 to 9 p.m. – Doc Ford’s – Captiva

Thursday, Nov 16


DANNY MORGAN AND FRIENDS 7 to 10 p.m. at Trader’s

Center for Life – Sanibel Island:

Power Hour Fitness @ 8am

Gentle Yoga @ 9:30

Chair Yoga @ 11am

Sanibel Rec – Sanibel Island:

Cycle Zone @ 7am

Aqua Jogging @ 9am

Yogalates H20 @ 10:30

Zumba @ noon

Friday, Nov 17

Center for Life – Sanibel Island:

Essential Total Fitness @ 9:30

Happy Hour Fitness @ 8am

Sanibel Rec – Sanibel Island:

Low interval training @ 7am

Cycle Zone @ 8:30am

Shallow Water Aerobics @ 9am

Zumba @ 10 am

Basic Yoga @ noon

JAZZ ENTERTAINMENT AT THISTLE LODGE 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Casa Ybel – Sanibel

FRANK THOMSON @ noon PAT McCUNE 6 to 10 p.m. – Key Lime Bistro – Captiva

Saturday, Nov 18

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT AT OUTDOOR PATIO 6 to 9 p.m.- Doc Ford’s on Captiva South Seas Plantation.

Sanibel Rec – Sanibel Island:

Cycle Zone @ 8:30am

Deep Water Aerobics @ 9am

Power Sculpting @ 10am

Yogalates @ 11:30 am

DUSK DUO 6:30 p.m – Traditions on the Beach – Sanibel

Sunday, Nov 19

Sanibel Rec – Sanibel Island:

Vinyasa Flow Yoga @ 12:30

REGGAE 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. EVERY FIRST SUNDAY – Point Ybel Brewing Fort Myers


LIVE ENTERTAINMENT AT OUTDOOR PATIO 6 to 9 p.m.- Doc Ford’s on Captiva South Seas

REGGAE 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. EVERY FIRST SUNDAY – Point Ybel Brewing – Fort Myers

Kingfisher Real Estate and Kingfisher Vacations are so happy you chose us for your Vacation Rental and Real Estate needs. Every week we want to share with you some of our favorite Island Activities. These San-Cap adventures are wonderful for family vacations AND for couples on a getaway. Sanibel and Captiva Island offer so many wonderful activities that we don’t want you to miss out on during your island vacation. Whether it’s a rainy day or the sun is shining, there is always fun to be had on the Islands.

Here’s what we have going on this week:

Monday, Nov 6th:


This is a great kids activity on Sanibel! Keep them busy at Community House’s Kids Cooking Class.  Kids Cooking Class at the Community House. 2:30-5:30PM. $35/child (The first Monday of the month thru May)

Perfect nature activity for the family! Crow Case of the Week, 11am. Adults $12, Kids (4-12) $7.

Tuesday, Nov 7th:


Wine tasting anyone? This three night wine series is a great way to unwind on after work!  Introduction to Wine at the Community House. 7-9PM $135/ person (includes three wine tastings 11/7, 11/21, 11/28)

Missing your home yoga class while on vacation? Catch this awesome Sanibel Island yoga class with the Island’s very own Dr. Susan Pataky.

Sanibel Yoga with Dr Susan Pataky at the Community house from 10-11AM. $20 Cash only.

Wednesday, Nov 8th:


Live Entertainment at Doc Ford’s Rum Bar and Grill 6:30-9:30PM.

Thursday, Nov 9th:


Don’t miss out on one of the Island Locals’ favorite event! Captiva’s Crab Race at the Crow’s Nest is a fun family activity.

Crab Races at The Crow’s Nest on Captiva. Family show at 6, Adult show at 9. No reservations requires but bring cash for the races!

Friday, Nov 10th:


For the perfect DIY Sanibel Island Christmas Gift you have to attend this Community House’s shell painting class.

Shell Painting at the Community House with Jenny Licht. 6-9PM Materials provided. $50 for guests and $40 for members.

Saturday, Nov 11th:


Sanibel and Captiva have some of the best live music in Lee County. Danny Morgan, a Sanibel Local Musician, is performing at Casa Ybel and you don’t want to miss it.

Danny Morgan at Casa Ybel from 1-4PM.

Sunday, Nov 12th:


Get a taste of the Island and see some of your favorite restaurants from Sanibel and Captiva Islands. Crow’s Taste of the Islands is going on its 36th year! Bring the whole family for this awesome Island extravaganza.

CROW Taste of the Islands, 12-5PM. Admission is $7, 12 and under are free.

Buy Local! Don’t miss these awesome local vendors every Sunday afternoon at the Sanibel Island Farmers Market!

Sanibel Island Farmers Market 8AM-1PM, Sanibel City Hall (Every Sunday)


Doc Fords Rum Bar and Grille of Sanibel is holding the third annual tarpon tournament to benefit the Sanibel’s Ding Darling Society on Saturday May 3rd, 2014.

The field is limited to 50 entries, and offers a 100% payback.    The entry fee is $500.00 per boat.  Entry deadline is 4/25.  Based on the popularity of this tournament, it’s a good idea to enter early.   This years tournament will be filmed for a popular fishing show.  This is a 100% catch and release tournament with extra points awarded for DNA scrubs submitted to help with tarpon research.

Tight and Right Team

Tight and Right Team

The Captains meeting will be held and Doc Fords Fort Myers Beach under the Sky Bridge on Friday May 2nd.   Always a great time to for old friends to get together. There will be a silent auction with great prizes that is open to the public. Starting around 6:00pm.

For entry forms, rules or sponsor information visit http://www.dingdarlingsociety.org/tarpon-tourney



Fort Myers, Florida is the spring training home of  the World Champion Boston Red Sox at Jet Blue Park, and Former World Champion Minnesota Twins at newly refurbished Hammond Stadium.  Truly the Field of Dreams, both teams had long droughts between championships that ended after relocating to Fort Myers.

Spring training is a welcome ritual for millions of fans, but for the luckiest, attending spring training games cures their Baseball fix and cabin fever from long winters at the same time.

Spring training is an experience that can exceed the big parks since the setting is so much smaller and intimate, the players more accessible and more relaxed.

The pitchers and catchers are working out now. For Schedule information for the Boston Red Sox Spring Training and the Minnesota Twins.

Book your unit at Kingfishervacations.net and attend your favorite teams games.



A great way to experience Captiva Island and Sanibel is by taking what we call a “life changing” kayak trip.  Many times you will see pelicans, seabirds, dolphins and fish as you boat along the many waterways.  Sanibel is on the Calusa Blueway trail. More on that later. There are also residential canals throughout the east end of Sanibel Island that offer a great view of the different homes that line the canals.

Launch on the bay side at the Sanibel Causeway, the Sanibel Boat Ramp , right from Wildlife Drive in Ding Darling or  from the beach to enjoy another perspective of the island.  You can rent a kayak on Sanibel at Tarpon Bay Explorers or through Finnemores.

On Captiva rent a kayak at McCarthy’s Marina and explore Roosevelt Channel, Hurricane Hole and Buck Key.

So get your kayak on, and get out on the water!


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The VCB reports of record visitation mirrors our experience here at Kingfisher Vacations.

The past few years have seen back to back in increases and with the recent top Beach rankings by Frommers and others, it can feel like peak season even in the off and shoulder seasons.

If you’re considering a visit to Sanibel or Captiva, don’t delay booking your unit.  Book as early as possible to ensure the best availability.

If your a Sanibel or Captiva Property owner and thinking about placing your Property  in a Vacation Rental program, give us a call!  We’d love to talk to you.   Our units are filled, we need more units to meet demand.  239-472-2100


Helpful for planning your vacation around fishing or shelling, the tides have been posted for the year. These are adjusted for Daylight Savings time and are all EST.  We don’t recommend you rely on these for navigation.   Enjoy!

Sanibel Tides  Captiva Tides

On December 7th the 4th annual Captiva Holiday Village golf cart parade was held.  Over 50 holiday themed golf carts participated.

Kingfisher Vacations won 1st place for the commercial category with their “Rudolphin” entry.

Rudolphin was a crowd pleaser for kids and adults as well. Be sure to watch last years event being televised on the Travel Channel on Dec 15th, 2013 on the holiday special “Xtreme Xmas”.

Rudolphin Captiva golf cart parade entry

1st Place Commerical Kingfisher Vacations

The Refuge has REOPENED as of Oct. 17.

Family Fun Day, Oct. 20, remains CANCELED
The rest of “Ding” Darling Days
will continue as scheduled.

A recent article in Florida Today pegs the economic value of fishing in Florida at over 5 Billion dollars. Virtually no place in the world offer’s the quality and variety of fishing as Florida.

It’s a bit of a cruel paradox, that some of the best fishing of the year, September-October and April-May, both season transition times, occur just before and just after peak season periods.

This Fall season will kick off a bit early since the Snook season will open on Sept 1st for the first time since the freezes of 2010 decimated snook populations. Although there is some disagreement over re-opening the season, Fish and Wildlife Commission Biologist, through sampling have determined that the populations have rebounded enough to resume Snook harvest.

Top fishing opportunities include just about everything that swims!

1)Redfish – This is peak season for Redfish. The fish are schooling and roaming the flats, mangroves, Oyster Bars and Passes. Shore fishermen can do well at the Sanibel Fishing Pier, the Causeway and Causeway islands, Blind Pass and Turner Beaches on Captiva. Fish the “tailing” Reds near creek mouths and flats after first light and just before dark.

2)Snook – Can hardly wait for the season to open on Sept 1st. Snook fishing has been incredible all year. Be ready for some real tackle busters. You can find them pretty much all the same places you find the Redfish. Add Oyster Bars to the mix and along the beaches as well. Again early and late are best times till the bait run gets into full swing. The cooler waters make the fish more active.

3)Tarpon – will make a re-appearance. Of course there are local tarpon that can be targeted year around, but the last few years, the September return trip by the migrating schools following the bait fish has been as good and in some cases much better than the spring season. Why? The Spring fish are being hammered, the fall Tarpon run is the best kept secret around.


Sanibel Fall tarpon


Captiva Fall Redfish


4)Grouper and Snapper – These great eating fish will begin moving back close to shore and the passes, making them much easier to reach in the passes, bridges and near shore reef’s.

5)Trout – Pompano – Mackerel will also be feeding heavily on the bait school migrations. Pine Island Sound is full of glass minnow’s and pilchards, resulting in slash and burn schooling activity. Not much more fun that catching fish on every cast!

And the list go’s on. Get the picture? What’s not to like about uncrowded beaches and restaurants, moderate weather, stellar fishing opportunities and the Lowest Rates of the here at http://www.kingfishervacations.net

Whether fishing by land, kayak, boat, or wade fishing. The experience is unforgettable. So check your dates and get booked!