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
Visit Sanibel Island to Find Amazing Shells sanibel island

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.

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Events You Don’t Want to Miss this November on Sanibel Island

Events You Don’t Want to Miss this November on Sanibel Island

Are you and your family vacationing on Sanibel Island next month? If the answer is yes, then you will want to hear about a few of the events that you don’t want to miss. Sanibel Island is the perfect location to escape this fall because the weather is perfect and will want to never leave. Staying in one of our Sanibel Island Vacation Condo Rentals will keep your family close to where fun is happening. Let’s look below at a few of those fun events you can check out this November.

Sanibel Blues and Jazz Festival

Events You Don’t Want to Miss this November on Sanibel Island

Does your family love to listen to blues and jazz music? On Sunday, November 3rd is the 4th Annual Blues and Jazz Festival. Located at the Bailey’s Shopping Center beginning at 12:00 pm is where your family can come and enjoy listening to some great music. There will also be a lot of amazing food from local vendors that will make you want more. Some of the bands that will be there at the festival is Johnny Jensen, Marty Stokes Band and More. What a great start of your vacation here on the island with the family.

Taste of the Island

Taste of the Island is a festival that will be celebrating its 38th year of serving local food to the guests. On Sunday, November 10th at 12:00 pm is where you and the family can head to for some treats this year to help support the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW). This event was originally held in late April or the beginning of May but recently moved to November because of the cooler weather. A few of the local vendors that you can get some food from are The Clam Shack, Sanddollar Restaurant, The Fish House Restaurant and many more. Admission to this event is $7.00 per person and children under the age 12 are free. This is one event you don’t want to miss.

 Sanibel Art Festival

Events You Don’t Want to Miss this November on Sanibel Island

Going on vacation to Sanibel Island during the month of November is filled with fun events, and this even is one you don’t want to miss. The Sanibel Masters Art Festival is being held on Periwinkle Way and will be on November 29th and 30th. All proceeds will go to help The Sanibel Community House and BIG Arts this year. The hours that you and your family can shop and attend the event are from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Before heading home from your amazing vacation to Sanibel Island, head to the festival to grab some gifts to give as Christmas gifts, or to remember your family vacation to the island.

There are many other fun events happening on Sanibel Island during the month of November, but these are the few we wanted to share with you. If you still haven’t booked your Sanibel Island Condo Vacation Rental for your next trip, now is the time. We hope that you and your family have a wonderful vacation staying with us next month!

Relax and Unwind on Sanibel Island After a Few Days at Walt Disney World

Relax and Unwind on Sanibel Island After a Few Days at Walt Disney World

Are you and your family headed to Walt Disney World this fall to enjoy the fall festivities? We understand that when you go on vacation to Disney you will normally need another vacation from your vacation. So why not head to Sanibel Island for a few extra days to relax and unwind after your action-packed vacation to sunny Orlando? Staying with us at Blind Pass Condominiums will keep you close to the beach where you can relax and let the kids have fun in the white sand. Let’s take a look below at how you can relax and unwind on Sanibel Island after your visit to Walt Disney World.

Relax on the Beach

Relax and Unwind on Sanibel Island After a Few Days at Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World is only 3 hours away from Sanibel Island and for many parents, you need a vacation after your vacation to Walt Disney World. Staying for a few days with us on Sanibel Island can allow you and your family can relax on the beach. For many who visit during the fall months, not only can they still enjoy the beach, but you get the golden hour sunshine that is still warm. Allow the kids to play on the white sand building sandcastles while you relax in a chair close to the water enjoying a good book. Even if you are spending a few days with us, you will be able to unwind on the beach as a family.

Collect Seashells

A favorite thing that our guests love to do head over to Bowman’s Beach to hunt and collect seashells. Sanibel Island is known for being the seashell capital of Florida and we even have a shell museum too. Grab the kids, a couple buckets and go hunt for the shells you want to bring home with you. And a little hint for your family is if you wade in the water a little and dig, you will find some of the most beautiful shells ever on the island. Just enjoy the time spent on the island as a family making new memories.

Explore the Island

Relax and Unwind on Sanibel Island After a Few Days at Walt Disney World

When on vacation to Sanibel Island you and your family must go explore the island. There are so many cool things on the island that you can take advantage of such as shopping, visiting the Sanibel Lighthouse, going fishing and trying out local restaurants. Many locals love to grab a treat with their families at Pinocchio’s Italian Ice Cream, Gramma Dot’s Restaurant and The Mad Hatter Restaurant. There are so many different options of what you should do while on vacation to Sanibel Island.

No matter what you find to do while on the island, getting to relax and unwind after your vacation to Walt Disney World is what every family needs. If you still haven’t found a perfect Sanibel Island vacation rental, we at Blind Pass Condominiums would love to have you stay with us. We can’t wait to see you and your family as you come to the island to relax and unwind before heading back home to reality!

Sanibel Island has the Best Fall Sunsets

Sanibel Island has the Best Fall Sunsets

Coming to Sanibel Island during the fall months has to be the best time to capture a beautiful sunset. Here on the island you will find many different places that you can explore to be able to catch that sunset. Staying with us at Blind-Pass Condominiums will keep your family close to where some of these places are at. Let’s look below at a few fun spots that you can head to capture the sunsets on this beautiful island with the family.

Blind Pass Beach

Not only is coming to Blind Pass Beach amazing for finding some of the most beautiful seashells, the sunsets are pretty amazing too! Spend the day at the beach with the kids while they play in the sand and you enjoy the sunlight for a bit. Then spend the evening watching the sunset on the shoreline and enjoy some time together soaking in the last bits of sunshine. Grab your camera or Instagram the pictures to share with others how beautiful this beach is for sunsets.

Sanibel Island Lighthouse

Sanibel Island has the Best Fall Sunsets

Another fantastic spot that you can head to get a glimpse of the sunset is to head over to the Sanibel Island Lighthouse. This is a wonderful place to visit with the kids in the late afternoon just in time to see the sun drift off in the distance on the Gulf of Mexico. Visiting the Sanibel Island Lighthouse is perfect for everyone of all ages in the family and it’s where you can also find shells on the beach as well. Another way you can see the sunset is to maybe do a little fishing off the pier there at the beach. Nothing says being on vacation than doing a little fishing and seeing the perfect sunset!

Bowman’s Beach

Bowman’s Beach is another fantastic spot that your family can head to grab a glimpse of the fall sunset. Known best for being one of the best locations to find shells, this is another great location that is close to Blind-Pass Condominiums. Many locals love to head to Bowman’s Beach during the fall months even after a major storm has passed to find the best-looking shells that they have ever seen. But not only do they love the beach for that very reason but also because the sunsets are perfection there too. Sit back and enjoy your time while you are on vacation with the family and take in the beautiful scenery too!

Sanibel Island has the Best Fall Sunsets

There are many other locations along the island where your family can head to catch the fall sunset, but these are the ones you’d like. If you still haven’t made your fall vacation plans yet, we at Blind-Pass Condominiums still have availability. The weather is still perfect and the water is too, so sit back and relax on your fall vacation!

Fun Beach Activities for the Family

Fun Beach Activities for the Family

Are you and your family coming to Sanibel Island for vacation? We at Blind Pass Condominiums can tell you all about the fun beach activities the whole family can do. When staying with us in one of our Sanibel Island vacation rentals, you will be close to where the fun can happen. Let’s look below at a few of the fun beach activities for the family.

Let’s Hunt for Treasure

Fun Beach Activities for the Family

This is an activity the whole family will want to get in on. Before leaving your condo for the day at the beach, you will want to take a piece of paper and draw up a treasure map and have a bucket for the whole family. Then you will want to go out onto the beach and hunt for your treasure. The kids can look for different color shells, something blue, driftwood and more. One the map, have a list of the items that they can find and mark them off as you find them. This is a fun activity to do and something that everyone in the family will love doing!

Sandcastle Building

Anytime you visit the beach, one of the things that each child will build is a sandcastle. So naturally this is a fun activity that the family can enjoy building together. To help build their sandcastles you are going to make sure that everyone has a bucket, shovel and shells to build their dream sandcastle. Take a picture of each sandcastle that was built and save it to give to the kids when they become parents.

Play Ball

Fun Beach Activities for the Family

Playing any kind of game on the beach is fun for everyone in the family. Brining a soccer ball on your next vacation to Sanibel Island will allow you to bond even more. Here you can break up into different teams or you can pass the ball back and forth to each other. No matter what you do with the soccer ball, you get to bond a little more with each family member.

Beach Ball Volleyball

Another fun activity that your family can do is play beach ball volleyball. This game is played just like regular volleyball, but instead you use a beach ball. Playing with a beach ball can be completely different than with a volleyball. The ball is much lighter than a regular volleyball and so if there is any wind, it may not go the way you want it to. But no matter what you play with the beach ball, it will be fun either way.

There are many other fun activities that the family can do together while on vacation, but these are the few we wanted to share. If you still haven’t made your Sanibel Island vacation plans yet, now is the time. We hope to see you and your family soon making new memories to last a lifetime!