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

Sanibel Island Condo Rentals-Sanibel Island

 

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.

Fall is a Great Time to Visit Sanibel Island

Fall is a Great Time to Visit Sanibel Island

Do you and your family have a vacation planned to Sanibel Island this fall? If the answer is yes, then we want to let you know that fall is a great time to visit the island. Staying with us at Blind Pass Condominiums will allow you and your family to enjoy your vacation. Let’s look below at why fall is a great time to visit Sanibel Island this year.

Perfect Fall Weather

Fall is a Great Time to Visit Sanibel Island

One of the best things about vacationing to Sanibel Island during the fall months is it’s a little cooler and sometimes less humidity. Yes, we said it less humid. This can be a great thing because if you have ever visited the south in the past, you may realize that the summer months can bring on a lot of humidity. This means that it will feel hotter than it is. The temps during September here on the island should be around 90° during the day and a low of 74°. October brings a little cooler weather of 86° during the day and 69° during the night. While September can get a little more rain than October, it’s still fewer days compared to the Spring and Summer months.

Turtle Season

Fall is a Great Time to Visit Sanibel Island

Another excellent reason for visiting Sanibel Island during the fall months is that it’s still Turtle Nesting Season. While you may see several nests around the area that are roped off, you may happen to see some of the turtles scurrying to the water. This is a great spectacle to see, and we promise it may make you tear up a bit. There are a few things to remember while you are on the beach during this time.

  • Please Remember to Keep Your Distance! This means that if you happen to see a turtle or hatchling, don’t go up and touch them. Give them space just as if you would want to have.
  • We recommend that you don’t flash any kind of light at the turtles, hatchlings, or nests.
  • If you happen to dig any holes on the beach during the day, be sure to fill them back up.

While there are many other reasons why you and your family should visit Sanibel Island this fall, we wanted to share these with you. If you haven’t booked your next family vacation to stay with us in one of our Sanibel Island vacation rentals, now is the time. We hope to see you this fall and enjoy the weather and fun with us!

3 Family-Friendly Restaurants in the Sanibel Island Area You Have to Try

3 Family-Friendly Restaurants in the Sanibel Island Area You Have to Try

Do you have a family vacation planned to Sanibel Island this year? If you do, then we want to tell you about 3 Family Friendly Restaurants to check out in the area. Staying with us at Blind Pass Condominiums will allow you and the family to be close to some of these fantastic restaurants. Let’s look below at where we recommend your family eat at while on vacation to the island.

Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille

3 Family-Friendly Restaurants in the Sanibel Island Area You Have to Try

Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille has to be many of our guests’ favorite restaurants that are around town. At this restaurant is where you will find some great flavors from around the Caribbean. Some of the foods that you will find here at Heat Island Chicken Wings, Soups, Salads, Shrimp Ceviche Cocktail, and Steak. There is a beautiful kid’s menu as well that has all of the favorites from chicken nuggets to pizza. We promise that this is a great restaurant to give a try here on Sanibel Island on your next visit.

The Clam Shack

Another great place to eat at while on vacation to Sanibel Island is The Clam Shack. Here you and the family will be able to enjoy some delicious food together. Some of the things you’ll be able to choose from are Fisherman’s Platter, a Clam Bake, and more. The kids will have a great selection as well on the menu that includes Grilled Cheese, Burgers, Hot Dogs, and Fried Shrimp. The seafood that you will receive is cooked like you will find it in New England states. Give the Clam Shack a try on your next vacation to Sanibel Island!

Blue Giraffe Restaurant

3 Family-Friendly Restaurants in the Sanibel Island Area You Have to Try

The Blue Giraffe Restaurant is a local favorite and visitors as well. Not only can you and the family eat here for breakfast, but they serve lunch and dinner too. Located in the heart of Sanibel Island is where you will find this family-owned restaurant. Some of the foods you will find on the menu are Food Truck Tacos, Egg’s Benedict, Tacos, Cuban Cuisine and more. The choices are endless here and we can tell you that the kids will love it too. Don’t cook while on vacation and instead head to this restaurant one day.

While there are many other family-friendly restaurants in the Sanibel area, these we wanted to share with you. If you haven’t booked your next family vacation to stay with us at Blind Pass Condominiums, now is the time. We can’t wait to see you and your family as you make new memories!

3 Things to do this Summer on your Sanibel Island Vacation

3 Things to do this Summer on your Sanibel Island Vacation

Do you and your family have a vacation planned to visit Sanibel Island this summer? We at Blind Pass Condominiums can help you with our three things you can do on your vacation. Staying in one of our Sanibel Island vacation rentals will keep your family enjoying your holiday a little more. Let’s look below at what your family can do on your next vacation to Sanibel Island.

Shell Hunting

3 Things to do this Summer on your Sanibel Island Vacation sanibel island shells

Sanibel Island is known as the best beach for shelling because of the amounts of shells you will find here. We understand that this is a high activity that anyone can do, including the kids. We have a few pointers on how to see some of the best and most unique shells on the beach. Be sure to get some mesh bags for shelling or mesh beach bags. Then you can comb through the shells you will find on the beach. Also, if you have your swimsuit on, then go on into the water some and dig a little bit. We promise that you will find some unique shells in the water and some of the best. Just have a good time as a family looking for some great shells to take home.

Painting the Shells

Another fun activity that a lot of locals and visitors love to do is painting the shells they find. One way that you can paint the shells is by grabbing some sharpies and having some rubbing alcohol. Color the shells with designs or just coloring them a little bit with different colors. Then you will want to grab a little bit of rubbing alcohol and drip some of it onto the shells. This will not only make a fresh design but will give each shell a unique look to it. Another way you can paint is by using acrylic paint and adding a protective coat onto the shell to make sure the design is sealed in. This is a great activity to do on a rainy day here on the island!

Take a Ride on the Water

3 Things to do this Summer on your Sanibel Island Vacation

One of the best amenities that we offer to our guests is complimentary use of our kayaks and canoes. This is an excellent activity for the whole family to get into as you can see the different wildlife from the water. Be sure to take a camera with you as you float down the Clam Bayou together. The various animals that you may locate on the ride are ospreys, herons, fish, and even a few manatees.

There are many other things you can do this summer while you are vacationing to Sanibel Island. These are just a few that we wanted to mention to you. If you haven’t booked your next family vacation to stay with us in one of our Sanibel Island vacation rentals, now is the time. We can’t wait to see you and your family as you make new memories this summer!

The Painted Shells on Sanibel Island

The Painted Shells on Sanibel Island

Have you ever been out on the town and found a painted rock? If you have then you will love finding painted shells on Sanibel Island. Spending time on the island will allow you to enjoy the island life and will allow the kids to hunt for the shells. Staying with us at Blind Pass Condominiums will allow you to stay close to the beach and possibly find your own shells to decorate and hide. Let’s look below at what to look for and how you too can participate in painting your own shells.

How to Spy Them

The Painted Shells on Sanibel Island

Just like the rocks, the painted shells are hidden all over the island for you and your family to find. You may happen to see many that are painted in bright colors and even some that have designs on them. If you happen to go to the general store, you may find a few hidden around there or you may find them around the complex. There is no true answer on where you may find them but just keeping a lookout may help you spot them easier.

What Kind of Designs

The amazing part of finding each shell is not knowing what design may be on it. There are many who will use different kinds of paints to paint the shells just different colors. A few of the designs that have been found are an American Flag with a Bald Eagle on it, a mosaic looking one with a turtle painted on it or even more intricate designs like beach themed ones. Many people love to paint different designs on them at home and bring the shells with them on their vacation to Sanibel Island. No matter what the design, it’s always such a fun activity to find them on each trip you take.

Paint Your Own Shells

The Painted Shells on Sanibel Island

Since you will be vacationing on the best shelling beaches in Florida, why not paint some of the shells that you happen to find. Bring sharpie markers with you and some rubbing alcohol with you. Have the kids color the shells with whatever design they want and drop some of the rubbing alcohol onto them. This will create a unique look to the designs and will have your kids wanting to paint more. There are however some rules that you need to follow to make sure the wildlife is kept safe. Never hide any of the shells at Ding Darling or any other national park. No extra embellishments should be added to the shells such as rhinestones or anything like it and you should just have fun!

While there are many other ways that you can have fun on your family vacation to Sanibel Island, we wanted to share with you the painted shells. Blind Pass Condominiums will allow your family to be close to the beach where you can find all the shells in the world. If you haven’t booked your next family vacation yet, now is the time. We can’t wait to see you and your family as you get to experience the painted shells of Sanibel Island too!

The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum Has Reopened

The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum Has Reopened

If you vacationed to Sanibel Island the past few months, then you might have noticed that the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum was closed for remodeling. The good news is that it has recently reopened and is ready for families to come visit on their next vacation. Staying with us at Blind Pass Condominiums will allow you to be close to the museum and to the beach. Let’s look below at what has changed at the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum here on Sanibel Island.

Aquarium

The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum Has Reopened

Did you know that March there will be a new aquarium making its debut to the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum? The “Living Collection Gallery” will open to show visitors what lives in shells that will make you want to take one or a few home with you. Some of the different animals that you will see are mollusks, octopus, cuttlefish and squid. Many of these animals you will find their shells on the beach while you are hunting for them. What a great way to learn more about where they come from then to enjoy the aquarium at the museum in March.

What’s at the Museum?

Many have asked what you will find at the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum and naturally you will find shells. But not only will you find shells, but you will also learn a lot of history about how the museum came about and about the different kinds of shells. There are many different ways that you can learn more such as newsletters, clubs and the library. You can take a school field trip and if you homeschool, it would make a great day to spend and learn a little about nature and shells.

When to Visit

There are daily programs that you can also take advantage of while you are on vacation such as Beach Walks, Shells Arts & Crafts and more. There are so many things that you can learn about while you are on vacation to Sanibel Island and visit the museum. The museum hours are from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily. They are open on Holidays from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm and closed on Thanksgiving. Admission for Adults are $15, Youth (12-17) $9 , Children (5-11) $7, Under 5 are Free and Active Military are Free. They also do have group pricing as well. The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum is located at 3075 Sanibel Captiva Rd in Sanibel.

The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum Has Reopened

There are many other reasons as of why you should visit the newly reopened Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, but these are just a few things. If you still haven’t booked your next family vacation to Sanibel Island, go ahead and book it today. We can’t wait to see you and your family as you vacation here with us at Blind Pass Condominiums collecting shells and seeing what kind they are over at the museum!

Visit Sanibel Island to Find Amazing Shells

Visit Sanibel Island to Find Amazing Shells

Have you and your family ever been to Sanibel Island before? If the answer is no, then we have to tell you all about the fun things you can do here. Sanibel Island is known to many as one of the best beaches that you can find shells on the east coast. Staying in one of our Sanibel Island condo rentals will keep you and your family close to the beach. Let’s look below at why you should visit Sanibel Island to find amazing shells.

When to Visit

Visit Sanibel Island to Find Amazing Shells

Coming to Sanibel Island during the winter months is when you will find some of the best shells out there. The months are January, February, and March but honestly you can find some pretty amazing shells year-round. When you visit the island during the winter months as it will be warm weather for you to swim in the gulf or lay out on the beach. But you are able to still enjoy the time spent outdoors finding those beautiful shells.

Which Beach is Best?

Visit Sanibel Island to Find Amazing Shells

It’s hard to say what beach is the best to locate the shells but we have found that Blind Pass is where you can find some of the best shells at. You won’t have to drive to get to that beach because all you have to do is walk to the beach from your condo rental. This is great because it offers you and the family amazing shells that you can’t find anywhere else. The amount of shells that are laying on the beach is incredible and it’s hard to imaging vacationing anywhere else!

Why Sanibel Island

Visit Sanibel Island to Find Amazing Shells

Sanibel Island is known as one of the top destinations that you can shell at in the United States. Here you can go into the water and do the “Sanibel Stoop” or along the beach with is where you will bend down to examine the shells. You will find that many of the locals will take several shells and paint them and hide them around the island. You are able to find many of the shells in the water too and we promise you will find big ones too. Just scoop up some sand in your hands and discover what you can find. But if you happen to find a live sand dollar, please leave it in the water as it’s illegal to take them and you may end up with a fine. Just enjoy what you can find!

There are many other reasons as of why you should visit Sanibel Island, but these are just the few we thought you’d enjoy. If you haven’t already made your reservation to stay in one of our Sanibel Island condo rentals, now is the time. We hope to see you and your family as your come stay with us and go shelling!

Visit Sanibel Island to Find Amazing Shells

Have you and your family ever been to Sanibel Island before? If the answer is no, then we have to tell you all about the fun things you can do here.

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