3 Things You Can’t Miss on your Next Vacation to Sanibel Island

3 Things You Can’t Miss on your Next Vacation to Sanibel Island sanibel island view

Sanibel Island has to be one of the best places to vacation on the east coast. Besides being known as the shelling capital of the world, it has many attractions and secrets too. Staying with us at Blind Pass Condominiums will allow you and your family to be close to the fun. Let’s look below at what three things you can’t miss on your next vacation to the island.

 

J.N. ‘Ding’ Darling National Wildlife Refuge

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If you have never been to Sanibel Island, then you may not know about this wildlife refuge. J.N. ‘Ding’ Darling National Wildlife Refuge is a great place to explore with the family. Some of the wildlife you can see are River Otters, Turtles, Lizards, and most of all birds. The common birds that you’ll be able to view here at the wildlife refuge are Great Blue Herons, Reddish Egret, Pelicans, Willet, and an Osprey. There are a few ways that you can explore the refuge. You can walk, bike, drive or take a 90-minute tram tour, plus they are now starting their tours. Be sure to check them out on your next vacation to Sanibel Island.

CROW

The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, also known as CROW, is a teaching hospital and education center. This is a great place to take your kids if they are interested in working with animals when they grow up. You can do some of the things at CROW are their Wildlife Walk Hospital Tours, explore the Visitor Education Center, and watch a daily presentation. Please note that the hospital tours are booking fast, so please be sure to make reservations 1-2 weeks in advance.

Shop at the General Store

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Another great opportunity that you have to visit on your trip is the Bailey’s General Store. Let the kids see the pastime store as they explore a shop before the big box stores are open. Not only can you shop for groceries, fresh local produce, gluten-free items, but they have an excellent coffee bar too. Bring home a souvenir home with you to share with your family and friends.

While many other fun activities and things to do in the area, we wanted to share these with you. If you’re still thinking of booking your next vacation to Sanibel Island, give us a call today. We can’t wait to hear all about your adventures on your next vacation to our beautiful island!

Famous People who Vacation & Live on Sanibel Island

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Did you know that a lot of famous people like to vacation to and live on Sanibel Island? Sanibel Island has become quite a hot spot for celebrities to come and spend their time with family and friends each year. The island has such a serene and peaceful vibe to it that we can only recommend that you spend time with us at Blind Pass Condominiums.  Let’s look below at a few celebs that you may spot while on vacation or that have a home here on Sanibel Island.

Celebrities on Vacation

Some of the celebrities that have been seen enjoying Sanibel Island while vacationing with family or friends are.

  • Eric Clapton
  • Former Vice President Mike Pence
  • Johnny Depp
  • Tom Cruise
  • Matthew McConaughey

Celebrities that Own on the Island

Many celebrities have decided to make Sanibel Island as their second residency or a vacation home for many good reasons. One is that when you first arrive on the island all of your worries just melt away. Or we’d like to think this is true.

  • Williard Scott – NBC Weatherman
  • Joe Perry – Aerosmith Guitarist
  • Tom Hanks
  • Robert Rauschenberg had lived on Captiva Island before he passed away in 2008.
  • The parents of Chris Walken owned a home on Captiva Island

While there are many other celebrities who have vacationed or own a home here on the island, we wanted to mention these with you. If you haven’t had the chance to stay with us at Blind Pass Condominiums yet, then give a call today. Who knows, you may spot a celebrity or two on your next vacation to Sanibel Island.

What to Do on A Rainy Day on Sanibel Island

What to Do on A Rainy Day on Sanibel Island

When it comes to Florida even during the winter months, it’s sunny but there are a few days where it might rain. Even though it may be raining on Sanibel Island, there are plenty of things that you and your family can do. And staying in one of our 3-Bedroom Condos that will keep you close to where the fun begins. Let’s look at what you and your family can do while it rains when you vacation to Sanibel Island.

I See Seashells

The shelling you can do while you are on vacation to Sanibel Island is probably why you came to visit, but when it rains it will give you the perfect excuse to learn more about them. The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum is where you will see thousands of seashells from around the world. You will also be able to see an exhibit that is dedicated to the shells found on Sanibel Island and even from nearby town, Captiva. If someone from your family is a serious shell collector, then they will drool over the world-record sized seashells found on display. This is the only shell museum in the U.S. that offers daily beach walks and mollusk tank talks to help educate visitors about the creatures that make and inhabit those pretty seashells.

Let’s Learn History

What to Do on A Rainy Day on Sanibel Island

When it comes to Sanibel Island, the history is rich here. For those rainy days and if you would like to learn a little more about Sanibel Island, then head over to the Sanibel Historical Museum and Village. Here you and your family will be able to get the feel for Sanibel as it was 100 years ago with being able to visit a few historical buildings. One of the buildings that your family will be able to visit is the Sanibel School from 1896 and the 1926 Post Office. Admission is $10 per adult and children are free. There is a museum store that you will be able to purchase a few things about the history of Sanibel Island, so be sure to check that out. Even when on vacation, learning can be done on rainy days.

Explore the Beach

What to Do on A Rainy Day on Sanibel Island

If you keep a close eye on the weather, then you can take advantage of the beach if there are any breaks from the rain. Having a weather app on your phone can help you feel out how “rainy” the day will be and will allow you to still enjoy the beach some. Grab a beach bag or seashell bag with you where you can do the “Sanibel Stoop” as you collect some of the shells from the shores. Knowing that you and your family could be enjoying the outdoors even when it’s raining can be a new family tradition.

Play Board Games at your Resort

Another great thing that you can do on a rainy day here on Sanibel Island is playing a few rounds of board games in your room at Blind Pass Condominiums. Bring a few family favorites with you on your vacation. While you listen to the rain in the background, you can play a game or two for a little bit. If board games aren’t your thing bring whatever games you love to play at home and just enjoy your time together. 

No matter whatever you decide to do whether it’s relaxing or finding a new adventure while it rains on Sanibel Island, they are memories you will have forever. If you still haven’t booked your next vacation to Sanibel Island, then you should check out Blind-Pass Condominiums for your next visit. We hope that we will be able to see you and your family on your next vacation making magical memories.

Things to Do on Sanibel Island this Spring

Things to Do on Sanibel Island this Spring

Are you and your family coming to Sanibel Island this spring and are looking for a few things to do? If the answer is yes, then allow us at Blind Pass Condominiums to share a few things you can do this spring on the island. Staying in one of our Sanibel Island vacation rentals will allow you and your family to be able to get out and enjoy your vacation a little more. Let’s look below at a few things that you can do this spring here on the island!

Water Fun

Things to Do on Sanibel Island this Spring

One of the best things about Sanibel Island isn’t just the beautiful sands, but it’s the fun you can have on and in the water. You can do some things with a bit of water fun; look for shells as you sit in the water and comb for shells. Some of the best shells can be found that way, and it’s cooling on a hot day. You can also do a little snorkeling, which will allow you and the family to see fish in the Gulf of Mexico and shells you may not see closer to the shore. Just be sure to be safe as you are doing it if you do it alone.

 

Spend the Day at the Beach

Things to Do on Sanibel Island this Spring

Another great thing about staying on Sanibel Island during the springtime is the beaches.  Did you know that when you stay with us at Blind Pass Condominiums, all our units do include things for the beach? Some of the items you will find in your rental are beach towels, beach chairs, a beach cart to carry everything down with you, a cooler, and a beach umbrella—no need to worry about packing those up in the car before leaving on vacation anymore. The only things we can recommend you bring with you are plenty of sunscreens, bug spray, and sand toys for the kids to play within the sand.

While there are many other things that you can do this spring here on Sanibel Island, we just wanted to mention these few with you. If you haven’t booked your next family vacation to stay in one of our Sanibel Island vacation rentals, now is the time. We hope to see you and your family as we hear all about the fun adventures you have while on vacation!

Beach Bag Essentials for your Sanibel Island Vacation

Beach Bag Essentials for your Sanibel Island Vacation

Do you have a vacation planned to Sanibel Island this year? If the answer is yes, then we understand that spending the week sitting on the beach soaking up the rays is just what you need.  Staying in one of our 3-Bedroom condo rentals will keep you close to the beach but having the right things in your beach bag will allow you to enjoy your vacation. We have compiled a list to help you get ready for your next vacation to Sanibel Island below.

Beach Bag Items

Beach Towels

When you are on vacation making sure you have packed everything before you leave home is essential. So be sure to pack a towel for everyone in your family whether you are going to sit in the sun or swim in the ocean. Bringing an extra towel with you is always a good idea especially if you have little ones with you. Having a beach towel with a different design can help each member in your group remember which one theirs is. Another great thing that you can do to each towel is sew pockets onto the end of the towel. This way you can keep your sunglasses and phone close by while you play.

Sunscreen

Beach Bag Essentials for your Sanibel Island Vacation

The sun on Sanibel Island can be very hot so sunscreen is a must for any beach bag. Use a sunscreen that is designed for your beach activities such as waterproof, sport, high SPF, etc. Dermatologists recommend that you use a sunscreen with at least 30 SPF while you are enjoying the sunshine. And don’t forget to Reapply throughout your day as we don’t want you to ruin your vacation the very first day your here with a sunburn. If you happen to get a little too much sun while you are on vacation, remember to pack a bottle of aloe as well.

Bag for Sand Toys

Anytime you go on vacation with kids, you have to bring a ton of sand toys with you. We understand bringing sand back with you into your vacation rental is not necessary and can be quite a hassle. So, if you pack a mesh bag such as a laundry bag or a bag specifically for beach toys can help eliminate the mess. Just throw the sandy toys into the bag, give it a good shake or two and leave the sand behind at the beach.

Sunglasses, Hats & SPF Shirts

Bringing sunglasses and hats can be very useful for anyone who visits the beach. The sun is much hotter than it is in the north, so we want to make sure that your eyes and face are protected. Having sunglasses will protect your eyes from the sun bright rays and will offer you some relief when trying to keep an eye on your little ones playing. Whether you have a floppy hot or a baseball cap, you will be happy that you brought these along with you. Don’t forget to pack one for everyone in the family. Another great thing to have for your kids are a SPF shirt that they can wear when you feel they are getting too much sunscreen. This can be helpful in keeping their skin from burning but also a great thing to help keep them cool during the day. Be sure to get one for each kid and you might find a few that are in adult sizes too. 

Baby Powder

Beach Bag Essentials for your Sanibel Island Vacation

This is one item that you may not have thought about, but it is a must whenever you visit the beach. Whether you are staying in a vacation rental or you decided to drive your car to the beach access, sand will be all over you when you leave the beach for help. So, bringing baby powder in your beach bag will magically get the sand off of your body without irritation and leave a nice scent too. This is perfect for everyone in the family and not just the kids.

There are many other things that you can pack into your beach bag, but these are the must have items for your next vacation. If you haven’t made your vacation to Sanibel Island yet, check out our 3-Bedroom condo rentals today. We can’t wait for your family to come and vacation with us!

Spend Valentine’s Day on Sanibel Island this Year

Spend Valentine’s Day on Sanibel Island this Year

Are you looking for something unique to do with your loved ones for Valentine’s Day this year? If the answer is yes, then look no further as we have the perfect solution for you. Spend this Valentine’s Day on Sanibel Island in one of our 2 Bedroom condos with your loved ones. Let’s look below what you and your loved ones can do this Valentine’s Day here on the island.

 

Romantic & Fun Dinner

Spend Valentine’s Day on Sanibel Island this Year

Taking the whole family out to dinner this Valentine’s Day will be extra special when you take them to The Bubble Room—decorated to remind you of the 50’s as you enjoy some of the classic foods that you’d find in a diner. Choose a couple of appetizers that the whole family will enjoy while you wait for the main course to be brought out. Some of the menu options you can choose from are Some Like it Hot Hot Hot, South of the Border, and Alice in Wonderland. With every entrée, you will also receive their world-famous bubble bread and sticky buns to enjoy while you wait. And of course, you’re not going to want to miss out on dessert where you can choose a slice of Red Velvet Cake, Jamaican Rum Cake, and Key Lime Pie!

 

Shells, Shells & Shells

Spend Valentine’s Day on Sanibel Island this Year

Sanibel Island is known for being the shell’s capital of the south, and we would have to agree with that. You can check out the shells that you can find here on the beach of the island by heading over to the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum. They have so many different exhibits that everyone in the family will want to learn about. The museum has also brought back the Beach Walks, and you don’t want to miss their aquarium gallery they have! So many new memories can be made while you visit this incredible museum this Valentine’s Day.

While there are many other reasons why you should spend Valentine’s Day on Sanibel Island this year, we wanted to share these few with you. If you haven’t booked your getaway to stay with us at Blind Pass Condominiums, now is the time. We look forward to hearing all about your romantic and fun getaway to our beautiful island!

Don’t Wait to Book Your Vacation Rental on Sanibel Island

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Did you know our condos are booking up very quickly for the upcoming year?  Don’t wait to make your selection as they are filling up fast! Blind Pass is also known lovingly called the Tropical Gem of Southwest Florida. As just one of the many barrier islands within the Gulf, Sanibel is characterized by clear skies and warm balmy weather for the most part of the year! If your looking for for the best time to visit us at Sanibel Island, there isn’t one! This is because the island is a gorgeous place to visit throughout most months of the year, it just all depends on your own preference for activities.

In addition, Blind Pass takes the Covid 19 virus very seriously and we have added extra precautions to make sure you and your family are safe! Providing a clean environment for incoming guests has always been a commitment and priority for Blind-Pass.

did you know? Sanibel Island condo rentals

  1. Did you know we take the Covid-19 Virus seriously with our cleaning measures?
  2. We fog the entire unit after a guest leaves and before our new guests come in!
  3. We have an entire list of key steps our employees must follow in order to insure your continued safety in regards to this virus. This includes frequent handwashing, cleaning all knobs, door handles and any frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  4. From December to April is From December-April, Sanibel has the best weather the entire year with cooler days and less rain, when compared to the summer months
  5. You can take a free guided walk at  Sanibel Island’s Gulfside City Par for a guided exploration of the Perry Tract. You will learn about the ecosystem and don’t forget to bring a bag to hold all of the shells you collect in the Shell Capital of the World!
  6. You can visit the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. It provides a rich educational experience for kiddos and adults alike and is perfect for bird watching!
  7. Bowman’s beach is one of the most popular beaches to visit when visiting Sanibel Island and by booking a condo rental at Blind-Pass, you have direct access to the famous Bowman’s beach. Other visitors whom DO NOT stay at Blind-Pass, have to deal with parking issues and its quite a hike for them to make it to the beach. There is a quarter mile or so walk from the parking lot to the beach, in which you’ll cross a wooden bridge over freshwater.
  8. You will find the most unique shells on the beaches on Bowman’s Beach and the locals are proud of it!
  9.  You can visit the iconic, Sanibel Lighthouse! It is one of the most picturesque spots on the island. The lighthouse can get quite busy at time with other visitors, so make your plan accordingly.
  10. Biking is a popular way to get around on the island! It will allow you to explore the untouched spoiledness of all Sanibel Island has to offer! There are many bike rental to choose from on the island. 

As you can see, Sanibel Island has tons of things you can do while you visit with us at Blind-Pass. Also if you want to get an overview of our properties and what it has to offer check out this short video.  

Be sure to check our condos for rent in Sanibel Island Florida. 

Enjoy Christmas Vacation on Sanibel Island

Enjoy Christmas Vacation on Sanibel Island

Are you looking for a good Christmas gift to surprise you family with this year? Christmas time on Sanibel Island is a wonderful time to come and visit with the family. While many people in the north are dealing with cold weather and snow, here you will be enjoying the warm weather. Many families love to come to Florida during the holiday season because of how beautiful and special this time of the year is. Let’s look at why you should spend Christmas vacation on Sanibel Island this year.

Trade Snow Days for Beach Days

If you happen to live in the north where the streets are covered in snow and ice, you will find the weather in Florida to be perfect. Here trade your snow days for beach days. Who wouldn’t want to spend the day soaking up the sun and possibly getting a small tan while on vacation? With the temperatures in the high 70’s, you and your family can enjoy a few days on the beach. Spend the day in shorts and a t-shirt and the evening in a pair of jeans while you enjoy a night out.

Festive Boats & Palm Trees

Enjoy Christmas Vacation on Sanibel Island

Here on Sanibel Island we like to decorate our boats. You and the family can go look at the Christmas lights around the island as well as the festive boats. Many of the local boat owners like to deck their boats out with holiday cheer. You and your family can go see several boat parades and you will be able to walk around the marinas to see the boats light up the water. And when you have seen the beautifully decorated boats, head over to several local neighborhoods. You will be able to see the beautiful lights decorating the palm trees. Sanibel Island takes decorating for the holiday season serious every year!

The Ghosts of Christmas Past

If you are looking for a fun holiday event to enjoy with the kids, head on over to Fort Myers. Here you will be able to visit the Edison & Ford Winter Estates Holiday Nights. Both Thomas Edison and Henry Ford had winter estates in Fort Myers. From now until January 3rd, 2021 at 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm, you and your family can enjoy live music, food, drinks and Santa. Please note that they will be closed on Christmas Day, so the staff can enjoy a day with their family.

Enjoy Christmas Vacation on Sanibel Island

There are many other reasons why you and your family should spend Christmas vacation on Sanibel Island, we thought that these might help make your decision a little easier. This year we want you and your family to be able to relax for your vacation in a 2 Bedroom condo. We hope to see you this coming December and Holiday season.

 

3 Bike Trails to Explore on your Next Vacation to Sanibel Island

3 Bike Trails to Explore on your Next Vacation to Sanibel Island

Do you and your family have a vacation planned to vacation to Sanibel Island soon? If you do, then allow us to share three bike trails with you that you can explore while you’re here. Staying in one of our Sanibel Island vacation rentals will allow your family to bring your bikes along with you. Let’s take a peek at three bike trails that you can explore on your next vacation to the island.

JN Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge

3 Bike Trails to Explore on your Next Vacation to Sanibel Island

If you and your family love to look at wildlife, then head on over to the JN Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Your family will be able to bike along a 4-mile trail that will allow you to see birds, alligators, and other wildlife. You will have to pay $1 per cyclist to enjoy the path, but it will give your kids to enjoy seeing some of the refuges differently.

Sanibel Lighthouse

Another great location where your family can explore the island via a bike is at the Sanibel Lighthouse. Grab some breakfast over at the Lighthouse Café before you head off to view the lighthouse. The trail leading over to the lighthouse is nicely shaded, and you won’t have to worry about finding a parking spot. Be sure to check out the fishing pier while you are checking out the area.

Shipley Trail

3 Bike Trails to Explore on your Next Vacation to Sanibel Island

Shipley Trail is located on the eastern part of the island and is something like you’ve never seen before. It’s a great location when you can not only ride your bike but also you can walk along with it too. Some of the wildlife you may spot along the trail are an alligator, woodpeckers, herons, and more. You will also be able to visit the Bailey Homestead, which is close to the trail and your family, to learn some history.

While there are many other trails located around the island, these we wanted to share with you. If you haven’t booked your next vacation to Sanibel Island, now is the time. We can’t wait to see you and your family as you explore the island via your bike soon!

Our Top 3 Places to Eat Lunch on Sanibel Island

Our Top 3 Places to Eat Lunch on Sanibel Island

Do you and your family have plans to vacation on Sanibel Island soon, and you’d like to try some new restaurants on the island? If the answer is yes, allow us to help, you share our top 3 restaurants to grab some lunch. While staying in one of our Sanibel Island vacation rentals, getting to eat out can be a special treat, especially if it’s breakfast. Let’s look below at our top 3 places to eat lunch at Sanibel Island.

Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille

Our Top 3 Places to Eat Lunch on Sanibel Island

Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille is an excellent restaurant on the island that offers many different things to try. Some of the appetizers you can grab are Captiva Crab Cakes, Seared Tuna, Fried Calamari, and Caribbean Jerk Tostados. The main entrees are pretty impressive: Dry Rubbed Ribeye, Island Style Shrimp & Grits, Cedar Plank Salmon, and Deep-Water Mahi Mahi. Doc Ford’s also has soups, salads, and a raw bar you can enjoy. You will find that they have quite an impressive indoor and outdoor dining area to enjoy the beautiful views!

Schnapper’s Hots

Our Top 3 Places to Eat Lunch on Sanibel Island

Schnapper’s Hots is another excellent restaurant that is a hidden gem located on Sanibel Island that we have to share with you. For right down to earth food, then you will have to give them a try. Some of the items that you will find on their menu are Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Chicken Wings, Chicken Sandwiches, and so much more. We can’t forget to tell you about their Hand-dipped Milk Shakes, Floats, and their Old-Fashioned Sodas they offer. We promise that Schnapper’s Hots is like you’re stepping back in the ’50s and will make you want to visit for years to come.

Blue Giraffe

Our Top 3 Places to Eat Lunch on Sanibel Island

If you’re looking for a unique restaurant and is known by the locals as having some of the best food, then this is the place for you. The Blue Giraffe has several things on their menu that you may not find anywhere else on the island. One of the menu items that we think is pretty unique is the Grouper Ruben, which includes grouper and the classic things that make up a Ruben. Some of the other individual items you will find on the menu for lunch is Blue Giraffe Fish Tacos, Cuban Sandwich, Brutus Wrap, and Fish & Chips. This is a restaurant that you will have to try when you stay with us at Blind Pass Condominiums!

While there are many other great restaurants to grab lunch on the island, we wanted to share these with you. If you haven’t booked your next vacation to stay with us in one of our Sanibel Island vacation rentals, now is the time. We hope to see you and your family on your next vacation and hear what you thought of these places.