Where Sanibel Island Located?

Have you heard of people taking vacations to Sanibel Island but you’re not sure where it is? Allow us with Blind Pass Condominiums to share with you our location and why it’s a great area of Florida. Staying in one of our Sanibel Island vacation rentals will allow you and your family some time to reconnect. Let’s look below and learn a little about where Sanibel Island is located.

Where in Florida?

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Sanibel Island is in Southwest Florida on the Gulf of Mexico and about 20 minutes southwest of Fort Myers. We are on a barrier island of the mainland and our quaint island is about 12 miles long and only about 3 miles wide. You will notice that a good portion of the northern side of Sanibel Island is habituated by the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. We promise that our island is the perfect spot for spending your family vacations on for years to come.

Shelling Capital of the Southeast

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Another big reason that Sanibel Island is a great place to visit is because we are known as the shelling capital of the Southeast. You will notice that our white sand beaches and crystal-clear water will help you find some unique shells you may not find anywhere else, except for the Caribbean. And it’s only natural for our island to have a museum dedicated to shells called the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum. We promise that once you visit the museum, you won’t want to visit any other imposter museum again.

Sanibel Island is the perfect island to sneak away from life back home, enjoy the island life and live it up looking for unique shells. If you haven’t booked your vacation to stay with us at Blind Pass Condominiums, give us a call today. We can’t wait to see you and your family as you explore our beautiful island here in Southwest Florida!

Don’t Miss These Fun Easter Events Happening on Sanibel Island

It’s hard to believe that Easter and Spring Break will be here before we know it in just a few short weeks. Sneaking away from life at home and getting to spend the week on Sanibel Island is just what you may need. Staying in one of our Blind Pass Condominiums will allow the whole family to enjoy their break from school and get close to the fun. Let’s look below at what fun events are happening this Easter here on the island.

Easter Egg Hunt & Dolphin Cruise

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If you’re going to be vacationing with us the weekend of Easter, look no further for something fun and exciting. On Sunday, April 17th at 9:00 am, 10:00 am & 10:45 am, Adventures in Paradise hosts an Easter Cruise. Hop onboard their unique boats and enjoy Easter “island style.” You will cruise in the San Carlos Bay and while you’re on your way to the island, get a glimpse of a dolphin or two. This is a paid event, and the cost is $69 for anyone over the age of 12 and $59 for anyone under 11. Included with the price of the event are easter pails and bottled water, along with a visit from the Easter Bunny. Think of the fun you’ll have at this event, living it up “island style.”

33rd Annual “Ding” Darling Day

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While this may be on the end part of your Easter vacation or Spring Break trip to Sanibel Island, it was one we couldn’t leave out. Saturday, April 24th, is the 33rd Annual “Ding” Darling Day, located at Lakes Park in Fort Myers. Some of the things you and your family can enjoy at this day event are art demos, nature journaling, urban birding, and much more. Think of all the fun you and your family can have while on your vacation, getting to experience this event.

Many other things are happening on the island this April, but we had to share a few. If you haven’t booked your stay with us at Blind Pass Condominiums yet, call us today. We can’t wait to hear how you and your family spent your Easter break.

Where’s the Best Coffee at on Sanibel Island

Where's the Best Coffee at on Sanibel Island

Are you and your family going on vacation to Sanibel Island soon and are you looking to know where you can grab coffee at on the island? We at Blind Pass Condominiums can tell you where you can find some of the best coffee shops in the area. Many locals find that getting their daily dose of caffeine will help you enjoy your vacation a little more. Let’s look at our top picks on where you can find coffee at on Sanibel Island.

The Coffee Bar by Bailey’s

Where's the Best Coffee at on Sanibel Island

The Coffee Bar by Bailey’s is located at the Bailey’s General Store and you won’t be able to find another like it on the island. This is a favorite stop for coffee for many of the locals and for many visitors to the island. They have a large selections of coffee drinks that you can pick from and there is something here for everyone. If you visit more than once and are a frequent coffee drinker, then joining the Sanibel Neighbors Club can allow you to get a special loyalty card. Some of the drinks that you can take advantage of and try are a Flavored Latte, Cool Brew, Smoothies and even Butterbeer. Don’t miss this coffee bar on your next family vacation to Sanibel Island!

Sanibel Deli & Coffee Factory

If you are searching for a coffee shop that has some pretty amazing food and coffee, then this is the place for you. Everyone in the family will want to come back on a daily basis to Sanibel Deli & Coffee Factory. Here you are able to grab yourself a coffee drink such as an Espresso, Café Mocha, Latte or an Iced Coffee. They have other foods for you to enjoy such as Pizza, Wings and even Gluten Free options. Don’t forget about the desserts they have for you to drool over such as Ice Cream, Milkshakes, Fresh Baked Pastries and even Key Lime Pie.

Over Easy Café

Where's the Best Coffee at on Sanibel Island

If you are like many who come on vacation to Sanibel Island, there might be a day or two you don’t feel like cooking breakfast. Then hop on over to Over Easy Café for a meal with the family. Located in the Olde Sanibel Shoppes you will find this quaint little café that has an extensive breakfast menu including coffee. They do have different types of meals such as the Egg Reuben Sandwich, Sunrise Sliders or if you are feeling very hungry then grab the Big Bertha’s Breakfast. Over Easy Café serves coffee, Herbal Teas, Fresh Florida OJ and even Mimosa’s for the adults. Stop by one day and enjoy this eggceptional breakfast and shop in their little store too.

Joey’s Custard

Joey’s Custard is not only a coffee shop but it’s also a place where you and your family can head to get a nice cold treat on a hot day. Located at 2467 Periwinkle Way in Sanibel you will find Joey’s Custard that is open 7 days a week from 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm. They do offer their customers both indoor and outdoor seating so you too can enjoy the sunshine and the air conditioning on those hot days. Some of the coffee that you can get is Latte, Cappuccino and a Cuban Coffee. For the kids they can get Ice Cream, Custard, Frozen Yogurt and more. Why not spend the day at the beach and for a late evening treat come to Joey’s Custard.

Sanibel Bean

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Sanibel Bean is located in the heart of Sanibel and you’ll be able to find some unique coffee-style drinks. Some of the drinks you’ll find at this cute little coffee shop are Cafe Caramel, Island’s Best Espresso, Iced Coffee and more. If you’re not in the mood for coffee, then have no fear as they have several items that would be perfect for you including fresh squeezed lemonade. 

While there are other coffee shops that are in Sanibel, we thought that you’d enjoy these. If you are still looking for a place to stay for your next vacation to Sanibel Island, check out what is available at Blind Pass Condominiums. We look forward to seeing you and your family on your next vacation to the beach!

Don’t Miss this Year’s #BookDirect Day

Are you and your family planning a vacation to Sanibel Island this year? We need to tell you why you should #bookdirect with us if you are. Many online third-party vacation rental sites can add a 5%-20% additional fee to your reservation. We know that your vacations are significant and may limit how much you can spend each year. Blind Pass Condominiums wants to make sure that you get the most out of your money when visiting Sanibel Island. The only way that you’ll be able to enjoy your vacation without getting hit with that unexpected fee is by booking direct today!

A Little About #BookDirect Day

On February 2nd, 2022, we celebrate the 5th Annual Book Direct Day, which was created to help educate vacation rental guests on the benefits of booking directly through an owner or Property Management Company vs. using a Third-Party agency such as Airbnb, HomeAway, VBRO & TripAdvisor.

While you may recognize these big-name companies and their gimmicks in helping you save money, you will soon learn that they will charge you a fee for using their website. Who wants to pay extra just to try and save a little money? Some of the expenses that you may incur when you book with an OTA can range from 5%-20% of the total cost of your vacation rental, which in turn can cost you thousands of dollars extra depending on which rental you choose.

Why You Should Book Direct with Us

When you book direct with Blind Pass Condominiums, you will not only speak with one of our vacation specialists who are local to Sanibel Island and can give you the best information on the area. We know all the details on each property because we have personally been to them. We can provide you with our recommendations on where to dine, play, shop, and visit businesses in the area. Our office is conveniently on Sanibel Island, so if any problems arise while you’re on vacation, we’re here to help.

How You Can Book Direct with Blind Pass Condominiums

You will find that booking directly with us at Blind Pass Condominiums is easy! We encourage all guests to book their vacations directly through our safe & secure website, www.blind-pass.com or call our office at (800) 852-2038. Rest assured that we will never charge any hidden fees, and we will always provide you with the best available rates on our professionally managed vacation rentals. We don’t want you to have to pay anything extra so that you can use that money to go out to eat, explore the island or make a local day trip. We understand that your money is precious, and we can help you see that your vacation to Sanibel Island is the best one it can be each year!

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Are you ready to plan your vacation today? #BookDirect with Blind Pass Condominiums today to have the best-planned vacation year after year!

Ring in the New Year on Sanibel Island

Do you and your family have a vacation planned to stay on Sanibel Island this New Year’s Eve? If the answer is yes, allow us at Blind Pass Condominiums to share a few events happening in the area. Staying in one of our Sanibel Island vacation rentals will keep you and your family close to the celebrations. Let’s look below at how you and your family can ring in the New Year on the island.

Downtown Countdown

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If you’re looking for something that the whole family can do on New Year’s Eve, then head on over to Fort Myers. On Friday, December 31st, beginning at 6:00 pm in downtown Fort Myers is where you’ll find this big celebration. This year there will be about five stages with different live music performances to enjoy. Not only will there be live music but there will also be food vendors, live entertainment, the ball drop, and we can’t forget the fireworks. Don’t ring in the new year without checking out this fun and exciting evening with the family!

Celebrate in your Vacation Rental

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Another great way to ring in the new year is to celebrate in your vacation rental. One of the benefits of staying with us at Blind Pass Condominiums is the space you’ll have for the whole family. Whether you have just your immediate family or you’ve brought along some stowaways, you’ll have just as much fun. There is something for everyone, from making a little fun celebratory dinner to watching the ball drop on the television. Even if the littles can’t stay up to ring in the new year, celebrate with those you care about in the rental.

Other fun events are happening in the area, but we wanted to share some ideas with you. Now is the time if you haven’t booked your next stay with us at Blind Pass Condominiums. We can’t wait to see and hear all about how you rang in 2022!

Spend Thanksgiving in Sanibel This Year

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Make a new tradition this year with the family and spend your Thanksgiving holiday in Sanibel. The first of November marks the start of the holiday season, where everyone is making their holiday plans and finding out whose house Thanksgiving will be at. Instead of going to someone’s home for Thanksgiving this year, make plans to come stay in a condo or townhouse vacation rental. Soon after Thanksgiving, Christmas music will play on the radio as people go shopping on Black Friday. There are plenty of things you and your family can do while you vacation here for the holidays.

Spend Time with Family

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When you think of Thanksgiving, you think of spending as much quality time with your family. A lot of families have made coming to Sanibel Island a tradition each year for Thanksgiving because if you are staying in one of our vacation rentals, there is plenty of space for the whole family. We offer two & three bedroom condominiums along with 2-story townhomes that offer your whole family their own space for your trip. Staying home can be stressful because we all want our homes to be in perfect condition which only causes us to stress more. When you spend a holiday in Sanibel, it’s more relaxing and you will want to spend more time with the ones you love. Get the whole family involved in cooking Thanksgiving dinner or go out to eat instead. It will be completely up to you on how you’d like to spend you day with the family.

Beautiful Weather

The weather in Sanibel is beautiful during the fall months. With the highs normally around 81 degrees, who wouldn’t want to spend the holidays there? While the weather isn’t as warm as it is in the summer time, it sure makes for a wonderful day to spend it on the beach with the family. If you want to spend the day soaking up the rays on the beach instead of worrying about Thanksgiving dinner, go ahead. It’s your holiday vacation and you can do what you want to. Spend the evening collecting seashells with the family and kids and make it a vacation that you will remember for years to come.

Gorgeous Views

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Even during the off-season, Sanibel is nothing but beautiful to visit. Spending Thanksgiving watching the waves roll in and out or watching the sunset with your loved ones. You may even happen to see some dolphins in the ocean as they folic along or you may see people taking pictures on the beach to use as their Christmas cards. Take a nice long walk while watching the sunset or have your family’s pictures taken on the beach. There is a ton of things you can enjoy while you vacation with us.

Black Friday

After Thanksgiving, while the Christmas music fills the air, go shop until you drop at the Sanibel Outlets. We know that most everyone likes to make sure they get the best deals for Christmas shopping. While you can find some pretty amazing deals at the outlets, you can also find some great deals at some of the local shops too. Purchasing something from one of the local stores or artists can make some of the best gifts to give. Sanibel is known for having some of the best gifts to give to others during the holidays or to take home as a souvenir. Don’t miss out on any of the deals this year!

There are many other reasons why you should spend Thanksgiving here in Sanibel, but these are just a few we thought you’d enjoy. If you and your family would like to spend Thanksgiving here, please look at our vacation rental inventory today. You may be surprised to find the perfect rental to rent for Thanksgiving week!

2 Fun Places to Explore near Sanibel Island this Fall

Do you and your family have a vacation planned to Sanibel Island this fall? If the answer is yes, allow us to share a few fun things that you can explore nearby. Staying with us at Blind Pass Condominiums will allow you and your family to explore the area a little. Let’s look below at where those two places you can explore near Sanibel Island this fall.

Cayo Costa State Park

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Did you know that there are many barrier islands near Sanibel Island with state parks located on them? One of those state parks happens to be Cayo Costa, located just an island north of our island. The Park is open from 8:00 am until dusk every day of the year. There is admission to the island, which is $2 per person, and they use the honor system, and please only include the correct amount. You will need to take the Ferry ride over there to access the island, but it’s a hop, skip and jump over to it. Some of the things your family can do are hike, search for shells, fish, and enjoy the beach. Think of the memories you can make while at this unique state park.

Lovers Key State Park

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Another great state park that is located within a 30-minute drive from Sanibel Island is Lovers Key. Located in Fort Myers is where you’ll find this fantastic stretch of white sands to explore. They are open 365 days a year from 8:00 am until sundown, and it costs $8 per vehicle to park. One of the things that many families love to participate in at Lovers Key State Park is geocaching and swimming. They also offer tours, and they do have different amenities at the park as well. The whole family can get involved in spotting the best shell of the trip and take it home to save for years to come.

While many other state parks are located within a 30-minute drive from Sanibel Island, we wanted to share these with you. If you still haven’t booked your next fall vacation to stay with us at Blind Pass Condominiums, give us a call today. We can’t wait to hear which state park you tried on your vacation this fall!

Escape to Sanibel Island before School Starts this Fall

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Can you believe that the summer is halfway over, and school will be back in session soon? We can’t either, and we thought that you might need a last-minute vacation beforehand. Staying with us at Blind Pass Condominiums will allow you and your family to sit back and relax all week. Let’s look below at why you should escape to Sanibel Island before the kids head back to school this fall.

Weather

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One of the biggest reasons why many families love to vacation to Sanibel Island just before school starts or fall is the weather. The sun shines just about every day, with an occasional shower in the afternoon. The high during the day is around 92°, with a low of 75° at night. The days will bring plenty of blue skies, a few clouds, and a forecast of paradise here on Sanibel Island in August.

Explore the Resort

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Another great thing that you can do while staying with us at Blind Pass Condominiums has to offer you. We offer all of our guests everything that you need to relax and enjoy your vacation. Head to the pool for the day or take a short walk over to the beach and enjoy the relaxing waves of the Gulf. Play a little tennis with the family as we provide the racquets and tennis balls. If you’d like to enjoy a little bit of nature, then we can help you as you can do little fun kayaks and canoes for you to use for free. Think of all the fun things your family can do without having to leave Blind Pass!

While you can do many other fun things on your next trip to Sanibel Island, we wanted to share these. If you haven’t booked your last-minute vacation to stay with us at Blind Pass Condominiums, give us a call today. We can’t wait to hear how relaxing and fun your vacation was here on the island!

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

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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.