Where To Get Kayak Rentals Around Sanibel

Who could come to a place as beautiful as Sanibel, surrounded by water, and not want to go exploring? If you’re looking for where to get kayak rentals around Sanibel we have information to share. This is a great activity for anyone even if they’ve never kayaked before. It’s a very relaxing and slow paced activity anyone would love. From single seat kayaks to tandem kayaks made for two, you can rent whichever you’re most comfortable with. Not familiar with the area? Take one of the guided tours available around the area. It’s a wonderful experience not to be missed!

Where To Get Kayak Rentals Around Sanibel

Tarpon Bay Explorers
Address: 900 Tarpon Bay Rd, Sanibel, FL 33957
Phone: (239) 472-8900
Hours:  8AM–6PM
Tarpon Bay Explorers are the licensed concession to the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. They provide fun, low-impact, educational and recreational opportunities to the public under contract with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. A full 15% of what you spend at Tarpon Bay Explorers directly benefits U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service! Kayak, canoe, standup paddleboards, fishing equipment, and pontoon rentals and tours.


Where To Get Kayak Rentals Around Sanibel

Address: 2353 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL 33957
Phone: (239) 472-5577
Hours:  9AM–4PM
Family owned and operated on Sanibel Island since 1985, Finnimore’s offers a wide variety of beach gear, including standup paddleboards, kayaks, and boogie boards. Providing a wide variety of boards for every age and skill level, from beginner to advanced in single and tandem versions.

Where To Get Kayak Rentals Around Sanibel

Port Sanibel Marina
Address: 14341 Port Comfort Rd, Fort Myers, FL 33908
Phone: (239) 437-1660
Hours: 7:30AM–6PM
Take a guided eco-tour through Larry’s Lagoon or explore the local Southwest Florida waterways on your own. Kayaks and canoes are available for hourly or full day rentals and can be rented daily from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Double and single canoes and kayaks are available. Reservations are also available for groups of 10 or more.



5 Romantic Ideas for Valentine’s Day on Sanibel Island

In just a couple short weeks Valentine’s Day will be here again. Do you know how you’re going to spend it this year? Will this be just another year of flowers and candy or do you want to take it over the top? Make this year the year you step up your game and do something above and beyond. This year come to Sanibel Island in Florida for Valentine’s Day and make a romantic weekend of it. We have the best accommodations around right here at Blind-Pass Condominiums.

5 Romantic Ideas for Valentine's Day on Sanibel Island

If you want some romantic ideas on how to have this Valentine’s Day be the best ever for you and your sweetheart, read below:

  1. Call us at Blind-Pass Condominiums and make a reservation to stay in one of our luxurious Sanibel Island beach rentals. You’ll have everything you need for a very accommodating and comfortable stay. You can view our beach rentals on our website.
  1. Give some thought to the different things you could do for your meals before the holiday arrives. Decide on the menu and location. Be sure to add an element of romance to your dining experience in whatever way you can. It could a single flower, a piece of rich candy, an item of jewelry, or a note expressing your love.

5 Romantic Ideas for Valentine's Day on Sanibel Island

  1. This Valentine’s Day why not make plans to have a romantic dinner on the beach at sunset. Whether you spread a blanket and push candles into the sand or set up a small table and chairs for two then eat dinner on fine china, it’s the romance of the moment that matters.
  1. A beautiful bouquet of flowers, presented at the right time, can take anyone’s breath away but don’t buy your flowers at the local supermarket. Think bigger than that, think florist delivery to the beachfront.

5 Romantic Ideas for Valentine's Day on Sanibel Island

  1. If you decide to dine out make it an extra special event. Dress up and go some where that you wouldn’t usually go. Just make sure it’s somewhere that serves the type of food that you both will enjoy.

At Blind Pass Condominiums we believe in romance. Any of our beautifully decorated Sanibel Island beach rentals would be most suitable for a romantic stay with your spouse or significant other. Our amenities include swimming pools, Jacuzzis and hot tubs, so you’re sure to have a delightful Valentine’s Day when you spend it here! Give us a call at 1-800-852-2038 if we can assist you in any way. We look forward to hearing from you.


Celebrating the Holidays Around Sanibel Island

A brand new year is fast approaching and with it comes new hopes and dreams and yes, resolutions too. If you’ll be in the area for Christmas there are still plenty of things to tell you about. For those saying farewell to 2016 and bringing in the New Year, don’t miss the local events for New Year’s Eve. Stay in our accommodations at Blind Pass Condominiums and you’ll be in close proximity to not only the beach but to the following events as well!

Celebrating the Holidays Around Sanibel IslandDon’t miss Edison & Ford Holiday Nights taking place 5:30-9 p.m. through January 1. The homes and gardens of the Edison and Ford families are spectacularly decorated for the holidays with millions of lights and historic decorations. There is food available at the Ford Cottage Shoppe, sunset river cruises and the Edison and Ford estates, museum and lab are open nightly until 9:00 p.m. (except for Christmas eve and Christmas day). The Waltzing Waters display on the Ford lawn riverside is new this year and runs nightly from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. continuously. General Admission: Adults $20, Teens $10, Children age 6-12 $2, Edison Ford members free. Guided tours are available for an additional fee. Location: 2350 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, FL.

Celebrating the Holidays Around Sanibel IslandHoliday House is here! From December 9-23, thousands of lights align the inside and outside of the historic Burroughs Home & Gardens and Langford Kingston Home in beautiful downtown Fort Myers. A traditional one of a kind holiday spectacular. Guided tours are also available Tuesday through Thursday with reservations by calling 239-337-9505. Location: 2505 First Street, Fort Myers, FL.

Celebrating the Holidays Around Sanibel IslandNew Year’s Eve Downtown Countdown, Southwest Florida’s best New Year’s celebration kicks off at 8 p.m. at Hendry & 1st Street, Fort Myers, FL. Come early and bring the family for the Junior Ball Drop at 9 p.m. at First and Hendry Streets with great giveaways for the kids. Live bands throughout the night include Electric Mudd, Ever Rock, Razing Cape, and the featured U2 Tribute Band! Vendors, great food, family fun will go through the evening and end with the Fireworks over the River and the Ball Drop at midnight!

Grab the family and enjoy an assortment of New Year’s Eve Cruises from 8:30 a.m. through 5 p.m. at Adventures in Paradise, 14341 Port Comfort Rd., Fort Myers. Their schedule is: 8:30 a.m. Shelling & Lunch Cruise, 9 a.m. Backwater Fishing Cruise, 12:30 p.m. Sea Life Encounter Excursion, 3:30 p.m. Afternoon Dolphin & Wildlife Cruise, and 5 p.m. New Year’s Eve Sunset Dolphin Cruise. For more information visit their website.

Celebrating the Holidays Around Sanibel IslandStart your New Year off right with a Guided Bunche Beach Kayak Eco Tour in Fort Myers, FL. Daily departures at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. from the Bunche Beach activities center. Paddle through winding mangrove tunnels and through San Carlos Bay along pristine be aches. Wildlife sightings will include Dolphins, Manatees, Rays, Turtles, and a variety of birds including Bald Eagles, Osprey, Herons, Egrets, and Ibis. Then enjoy a stop along the beach for some beachcombing and rest before continuing on the adventure. 17950 John Morris Rd., Fort Myers, FL. Phone (239) 297-7011.

Buddha Rock Club for New Year's EveThere will be a New Year’s Eve Bash at Buddha Rock Club with giveaways and free champagne toast beginning at 10 p.m. Location: 12701 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers, FL.

All of us at Blind Pass Condominiums wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy & Healthy New Year!

5 Best Reasons to Escape to Sanibel for the Holidays

If you’re looking for reasons to escape to Sanibel for the holidays we have some great reasons that will encourage you to do just that. The holiday season doesn’t mean you have to spend it at home. It’s a beautiful time of the year to come to Sanibel! Our holiday vacation condominiums come will fully equipped kitchens if you still want to make that Thanksgiving feast but you’ll also have the option to go out to eat at any of the area restaurants that are open for the holiday.

5 Reasons to Escape to Sanibel for the Holidays1. There is nothing more relaxing than beachcombing at Bowman’s Beach on Sanibel Island in search of shells unlike any you’ve ever collected before. And the best part is — it’s free!


5 Reasons to Escape to Sanibel for the Holidays2. A lovely adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic by Christopher Schario will be performed at BIG ARTS Strauss Theater from November 28 – December 23 with traditional English folk tunes and fiddle. A child’s reading of A Christmas Carol becomes a magical transformation when he is ushered into the real world of Dicken’s much loved characters. A warm and wonderful holiday “must see.” Location: 2200 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL. For more information call 239-472-6862 or visit their website.


5 Reasons to Escape to Sanibel for the Holidays3. The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce will hold their 32nd Annual Luminary Holiday Stroll from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 on Sanibel and Saturday, Dec. 3 on Captiva. Beautifully lit paths will lead the way to merry landmarks, where festival attendees will have an assortment of activities, snacks and refreshments. Free for all ages! In keeping with the “Holiday Stroll” theme, trolleys will not be provided. Gather your friends and family for a charming luminary “Holiday Stroll” without waiting in line for a trolley ride. The luminary stretches from one end of Periwinkle Way to the other and offers a multitude of choices along the way. Luminary on Captiva spans Captiva Drive and Andy Rosse Lane with plenty of special treats at various businesses. Location: 2427 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL. Phone: (239) 472-6385.


5 Reasons to Escape to Sanibel for the Holidays4. If you like live performances then you’re sure to enjoy the BIG ARTS Community Chorus Holiday Concert on December 6. Location: 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel, FL. Phone: (239) 395-0900 for more information.


5 Reasons to Escape to Sanibel for the Holidays5. Let the BIG ARTS Concert Band help you get into the joyous mood of the holidays with a live performance on December 17 at 7 p.m. This annual community event is a perennial, sell-out favorite. Tickets are available online. Location: 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel, FL. Phone: (239) 395-0900.


All of us at Blind Pass Condominiums would like to wish you and yours a very happy holiday season!



Holiday Accommodations on Sanibel Island are Booking Now

If you’re planning on spending any part of the upcoming holiday season on Sanibel Island it’s not too early to book your holiday accommodations at Blind Pass Condominiums.

Book Now for Your Holiday Accommodations on Sanibel

Just imagine you and your family spending the holidays at a world-famous resort island with sandy white beaches with exotic wildlife and nature preserves near by. If you’ve never stayed with us before you’ll be delighted to find that our vacation condos will exceed any expectations you may have.

Our two and three bedroom condominiums provide more than 1,300 and 1,586 square feet respectively. We also have two level townhouses with second floor sleeping quarters. The nearly 1,500 square feet of living area in these units make them ideal for groups of up to six people. All of our condominiums and townhouses come with well-equipped kitchens that you’re sure to love.

Sanibel Lighthouse

While you’re here plan on visiting the many landmark attractions on the island that include museums, nature centers, live theater, art galleries and the famous Sanibel Lighthouse. There are also an array of specialty shops, boutiques, gift stores and eateries to enjoy when you’re not beachcombing the 15 miles of beautiful beachfront on the Gulf of Mexico.

It’s right here on Sanibel where you can discover over 250 different types of seashells and have fun biking the 25 miles of bike paths where you can pedal around the island and enjoy nature. This could very well be the holiday of a lifetime!

Book Now for Your Holiday Accommodations on Sanibel

Sanibel Island is oriented east to west and is 12 miles long by 3 miles wide. The shopping and dining district is in close proximity to our holiday vacation rentals. Life here is shorts and sandals casual…all of the time…so pack light!

We look forward to hearing from you!




Local Events Happening Around Sanibel and Beyond

For those enjoying a late season vacation in our Blind Pass Condominiums there are plenty of local events happening around Sanibel and beyond this time of year. Once you get your fill of relaxing by the pool or walking the beachfront (like that’s even possible?), check out some of the following events taking place then post in the comments section below to let us know how you liked them!

Local Events Happening Around Sanibel and Beyond

Stop by BIG ARTS Sanibel Island to check out their exhibits and performances. See their calendar for events that include exhibits, performing arts, fine arts, film, theatre, education, dance and more. Located at 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel Island. Phone 239-395-0900.


Local Events Happening Around Sanibel and Beyond

Don’t miss the Garden Tours at Edison Ford every Wednesday beginning at 10:30 a.m. Horticulturists will lead behind-the-scenes garden tours that include 20 acres of historic gardens, crop gardens, propagating nursery, and Garden Shoppe full of exotic, heritage and edible plants for gardens and containers. Cost: Edison Ford Members $10; non-members $30. Group Tours (20 or more people) $25. Location: 2350 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers. Phone 239-334-7419.


Local Events Happening Around Sanibel and Beyond

CROW’s (Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife) Visitor Education Center will lead a wildlife walk with rehabilitators and staff. These walks are an opportunity for visitors to get an in-depth look at the inner workings of the hospital and treatment process. The program includes an introductory presentation covering medical and rehabilitation methods followed by a guided tour through treatment areas of the hospital, concluding on the rehabilitation grounds. Wildlife Walks are approximately 1 and ½ hours: a 45-minute presentation with a 45-minute tour. This program is open to all, but it is not recommended for children under the age of 13. Fee is $20 per person. Advance registration is required. CROW’s Visitor Education Center, 3883 Sanibel Captiva Rd., Sanibel, FL. Phone: Rachel Rainbolt, Education Coordinator at 239-472-3644 ext. 228.


Local Events Happening Around Sanibel and Beyond

The 2016 Island Hopper Songwriter Fest is taking place from September 23-25, 2016. The free festival takes place over 10 days on Southwest Florida’s most beautiful barrier islands and offers a range of star-studded performances. The festival kicks off on Captiva Island, Sept. 23-25 and wraps up Sept. 30-Oct. 2 on Fort Myers Beach. Historic downtown Fort Myers will feature midweek performances. There will be a limited number of ticketed events for special performances.

Whether you’re planning a late summer vacation to Sanibel or looking for accommodations for family and friends during the upcoming holidays, keep us in mind at Blind Pass Condominiums where the comfort of our guests is our #1 concern.




It’s Not Too Early to Book Your Winter Vacation Rental

Now that August is well underway, school is back in session for some and their summer beach days are behind them. But for others they plan on enjoying all the rest of what remains of the summer months. In the blink of an eye the next season will arrive and the one nearly everyone dreads after that. Just close your eyes and picture that. Better yet, close your eyes and picture getting away this winter and heading to Sanibel Island!

Winter Rental in Sanibel Island

It’s not too early to book reservations for a winter getaway to Sanibel. The choosing is just perfect right now and you can get the unit that you want. Just take a peek at our vacation rentals on Sanibel Island on our website. It won’t be long before you’re dreaming of warmer temperatures and wishing you had somewhere warm to go! Make this the year you plan ahead by reserving a stay at Blind Pass Condominiums.

At Blind Pass Condominiums we have two and three bedroom rentals in addition to two-level town homes — all comfortably accommodating six to eight people. You’ll have everything you and your family needs in our furnished and well-appointed units. From a Chef’s kitchen to spacious and beautifully decorated living areas and laundry facilities right in your unit, you’ll have everything to enjoy your time here in our toasty warm temperatures.

Winter Rental

Amenities in your vacation rentals include a clubhouse offering free Internet access, swimming pool, screened porches and open patios, and VCR/DVD. Some units come with 52” televisions. Lots of beach equipment is provided — beach chairs, umbrellas, coolers, etc. During the winter months our swimming pool is heated. You’re sure to enjoy the tennis courts as well as the kayaks and canoes that we have available for your use.

You’re going to love our accommodations even more than our warm temperatures! We look forward to seeing you this winter.


Where to Find Bike Rentals on Sanibel Island

When you’re planning a beach vacation plan on driving less and enjoying yourself more. It’s the ideal time to walk or bike to check out the area’s best places while leaving your car behind. While staying at Blind Pass Condominiums you’ll be within walking distance to wherever you want to go. Whether for eco-friendly transportation or just to have fun and get some healthy exercise, bike rentals on Sanibel Island can be found at the following locations.

Where to Find Bike Rentals on Sanibel Island
Finnimore’s Bike and Beach Rentals
2353 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, FL 33957
Phone: (239) 472-5577
Single speed and multi-speed bikes, paddleboards, trailers, joggers and plenty of beach equipment. Delivery available.

Billy’s Rentals
1470 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, FL 33957
Phone: (239) 472-5248
Tandem bikes, single speed, multi speed, kids bikes, surrey, strollers, beach equipment, and scooters.

Bike Rentals
2330 Palm Ridge Road, Sanibel Island, FL 33957
Phone: (239) 472-2241
Jogging strollers, bike trailers and bikes.

Where to Find Bike Rentals on Sanibel Island
Billy’s Bike Shop & Segway of Sanibel
1509 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, FL 33957
Phone: (239) 472-3620
Bikes, scooters, Segway Tours and bike accessories. Full service repair and retail store also available.

Whether you rent a bike for the afternoon, all day or for the entire week you’ll appreciate the convenience that some shops offer of free delivery and pickup. Be sure to ask about the free extras that come with a rental – things like a helmet, lock, basket, water bottle, etc.

Remember to always practice safe bicycling by wearing a helmet, using hand signals to indicate your turns, being extra careful around traffic and obeying all of the laws of the road. Lock your bike when not in use and remember that you are responsible for the safe keeping of your rental.



Everything You Need to Know about Sanibel Island Shells

Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum

In Sanibel, Florida, just a short distance from Blind Pass Condominiums, is the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum on the Sanibel-Captiva Road. For more than 20 years they’ve been teaching everything there is to know about seashells of Sanibel – the many different types of shells, the best season to collect shells and the best time of day to go out. You won’t want to miss the Marine biologists who give daily Live Tank Talks throughout the day.

As the only sea shell museum in the nation, Bailey-Matthews displays shells from all over the world. In addition to displaying shell specimens, they also share insights into the various roles shells have played in the past, today, and in the future.

seashells of Sanibel

The museum takes great care to be accurate, which means their information evolves as new scientific discoveries are made. They have a world-renowned malacologist and two Marine Biologists that are joined by highly educated docents to offer knowledge, surprising facts, and rare insights into the lesser-known complexities of shells. Come learn all about the science as well as the cultural, historical and culinary facets of shells.

Collecting Sanibel Island shells

In their own words, “…our greatest asset is an innate sense of curiosity and wonder about shells. We have a lot of fun here at the Museum; we thankfully never stop learning and sometimes even get a little goofy about new discoveries — whether brought to our attention by a guest, gleaned from our own research, or found within the larger scientific world. Come see us — you’ll be glad you did!”

The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $11 adults, $5 for children 5-17. Children 4 and under are admitted free. Phone: (239) 395-2233. Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, 3075 Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel, Florida.

Sanibel Island Named #1 Among the Top 10 Best U.S. Shelling Beaches

Beachcombers that frequently visit this area aren’t surprised to learn that Travel & Leisure magazine ranked Sanibel Island #1 of the Top 10 Best U.S. Shelling Beaches in the country. The Weather Channel’s Facebook friends’ also voted Sanibel Island as the beach they like best for shelling. Conditions are ideal off the coast of Sanibel and Captiva Islands to receive the best and largest number of shells that you just have to see to believe.

Sanibel Island #1 Among the Top 10 Best U.S. Shelling Beaches
It is said that both islands of Sanibel and Captiva are created out of seashells. When local residents install new gardens in their backyards they often find conchs, whelks, scallops and clam shells in pristine condition.

It’s due to geography that these islands rank the best in the world for shelling. The Island of Sanibel is shaped in a curve along the coastline. The east-west torque of Sanibel’s south end acts like a shovel that regularly scoops up all the seashells that the Gulf transports in from the Caribbean and other southern seas.

What to Bring

Bring a bucket or other container to hold your treasures and go out during low tide when the shells are more exposed. The best times for Florida shell-lovers to collect are at low spring tides during full and new moons. Gulf storms also push a large number of shells up the Gulf and onto the beaches of Sanibel and Captiva.

Sanibel Island #1 Among the Top 10 Best U.S. Shelling Beaches

Where to Find the Best Shells

The best places to go shelling are on the Gulf-side shelling beaches from the Lighthouse to North Captiva. With hundreds of thousands of shells, the beaches are sources of every type of shell imaginable; with a fresh supply coming in regularly from the Gulf and Caribbean. Shelling is prohibited in J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge.

What to Expect

You’ll find many different types and sizes of seashells on these beaches. The smaller seashells can be found on the Lighthouse end of the island chain. If it’s the larger shells you’re after you’ll want to check closer to Captiva and North Captiva. Expect to find Conch, Junonia, Lightning Whelk, Cockle, Scallops, Murex, Tulip, Olive, Coquina, among the species there.

Florida Seashell Laws

Seashells are important to the chain of life on Sanibel and Captiva Islands. Because both of these are refuge islands, where all life is considered precious, the State of Florida has outlawed the collecting of live shells on the island. A “live shell” is defined as any specimen that contains an inhabitant, whether or not the mollusk seems alive. The law further protects sand dollars, starfish and sea urchins. Sheller’s are urged to limit even their empty-shell collection.

Where to Stay

When you’re looking for an affordable place to stay on Sanibel be sure to check out what we have to offer at Blind Pass Condominiums. Our accommodations are beautifully decorated and fully furnished and will easily accommodate most any size group.