Love Shells? Island Vacations Recommends Visiting The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum

Island Vacations recommends our guests visit The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum while they are here. Beach walks become more interesting once you know a little something about all those fabulous shells washing up on the shore. The displays include interactive touch tanks, shell craft displays, scientific and general shell knowledge for all to enjoy. They have a beautiful gift shop full of amazing items to remember your visit or purchase an item as a gift for those taking care of things for you back home. People find they transform from being a casual shell finder to a more focused shell collector once their knowledge level increases!
During the past year, Island Vacations has participated in several Adopt-A-Class events at the museum. These trips bring area school children to the museum where they learn about the mollusks that call local waters home. The students interact with the mollusks in the touch tank, learn about these fascinating ocean creatures from the marine biologists that work at the museum, and create a memory about their trip during the arts and crafts segment of the trip.

children around touch tank

Island Vacations’ owner, Fran Peters, has been intrigued by shells since she was a little girl. Being able to expose children to the creatures that live in the Gulf waters surrounding their home is something she truly enjoys.
“Children are like sponges and if we teach them early about seashells, then perhaps they will follow in our footsteps and continue to give back to the museum when they are able,” said Fran Peters, Owner of Island Vacations.

Thank You Note collage

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Fran Peters Appointed to Keiser University Advisory Board

Sanibel, FLA (Nov. 14, 2016)- Fran Peters, Owner and President of Island Vacations of Sanibel & Captiva, Inc., is a new member of the Keiser University Fort Myers Advisory Board. Keiser University prepares graduates for careers in the fields of business, criminal justice, health care, technology, hospitality and education.

Fran Peters, Owner & President of Island Vacations of Sanibel & Captiva, Inc., is appointed to Keiser University's Advisory Board.

Fran Peters, Owner & President of Island Vacations of Sanibel & Captiva, Inc., is appointed to Keiser University’s Advisory Board.

The recent appointment resulted from Peters being approached by a Keiser University Hospitality student for an interview. After that meeting, they found themselves at some of the same business functions, and a student/mentor relationship developed. The student invited Peters to attend a class and listen to her report. During that visit, Peters ended up speaking to a group of Keiser Hospitality students about how she started her business and what she feels constitute the key ingredients of a successful Hospitality career. She was then approached by a Keiser professor and board member about serving on the Keiser University Advisory Board.
“I was honored to be asked to take this role as I enjoy helping people pursue their passion and excel in their careers. Working with the next generation of Hospitality professionals will be very gratifying and I look forward to serving on the Keiser University Fort Myers Advisory Board,” Peters said.

About Island Vacations of Sanibel & Captiva, Inc. – Fran Peters, Owner & President of Island Vacations of Sanibel & Captiva, Inc., began renting condos, homes and cottages to Sanibel Island guests over 20 years ago.
Starting with one condo, she has expanded her business to over 80 condos,
cottages and home rentals. Stays run from weekly condo and cottage rentals to monthly and seasonal home rentals. Island Vacations has some of the best properties available on Sanibel Island and was voted a “Sanibel Best” in 2015 & 2016. The local reservationists will make you feel at home and provide you with the information and resources necessary to make your vacation stay an experience you’ll want to repeat year after year. Island Vacations can be reached at 239-472-7277.

About Keiser University: Keiser University, co-founded by Dr. Arthur Keiser, Chancellor in 1977, is a private, not-for-profit University serving nearly 20,000 students offering 100 degrees at the doctoral through associate level on 18 Florida campuses, online and internationally, employing 3,800 staff and faculty.
Ranked #23 by US News & World Report in its 2017 Best Regional Colleges South category, Keiser University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges as a Level VI to award certificates and degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctoral levels. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Keiser University.
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US Airways Magazine – December, 2014

Famous for its 250 kinds of shells, 22 miles of bike paths, 15 miles of sandy beaches – and zero traffic lights – Florida’s Sanibel Island is perfect for your family’s next getaway. Island Vacations of Sanibel & Captiva offers more than 80 quality condo and home rentals, all with a high customer satisfaction rate. Rest assured when you book a stay that you will “smile when you arrive and rebook next year.”

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