Escape the Snow to Sanibel Island Today

Escape the Snow to Sanibel Island Today

Are you dealing with the snow, cold, wet weather right now and need a break from it all? Visit Sanibel Island today to escape the frozen north today. Sanibel Island is the perfect option to go on a vacation and enjoy the white sands of the island. If you are staying in one of our 2 Bedroom Townhouses, then there will be enough room for the whole family to join you on vacation. Let’s look at how you can enjoy Sanibel Island as you escape the winter weather back home.

Beach Day

When you are on vacation especially to the beach, you must have at least 2 beach days. Instead of dealing with the white fluffy stuff back home, you can be enjoying our white sand on the island. We suggest that you head over to Bowman’s Beach if you want to enjoy the serene beach life and even enjoy doing a little shelling. Another beautiful beach that you and your family can enjoy would be Blind Pass Beach which is located here near Blind Pass Condominiums. What a great way to spend the day, soaking up the sunlight and enjoy the warmth of Sanibel Island!

Go Bike Riding

Escape the Snow to Sanibel Island Today

For those of you who enjoy getting your daily exercise in every day, then we highly recommend that you go bike riding. If you don’t feel like bringing your bikes with you on this trip, then you can rent a bike or two or as many as you need to accommodate your family. With a variety of bikes that you can choose from, you won’t have to worry about not having one, its which one will you choose? And if you are coming with small children, you can also rent a few things that will go along with your bike rental. Don’t miss out on seeing the island from a different view than the car.

Visit the Botanical Gardens

For those of you who love to see the beautiful Botanical Gardens on Sanibel Island then you are in for a treat. Head over to Sanibel Moorings Botanical Gardens off of Gulf Drive and enjoy looking at the gardens, plants and nature. You may even find some butterflies there as well as some plants that you can’t find anywhere else but Sanibel Island. You can take a guided tour that is 90 minutes long and will cost $5 per person with reservations recommended. Bring your camera with you to take some beautiful shots of what our nature has to offer you on your next visit.

Explore Lighthouse Park

Escape the Snow to Sanibel Island Today

At the east end of the island you will find Lighthouse Beach Park. This park is very unique in its own way by having a fishing pier on the bay side, outside showers, bike racks and you will find the shell information kiosk. This park is perfect for those who love to explore different areas. Not only will you find the Sanibel Island lighthouse, but you will also be able to enjoy another day at the beach here. With so many options on shelling in the area that you won’t have to worry about not finding the perfect shell to bring home. Bring a shelling bag with you and grab the shells you’d like to take home but not all the sand. If you don’t have one, then pick one up at one of the local stores here on the island. You will be sure to enjoy your visit to this park on your next visit to Sanibel Island!

There are many other adventures that you and your family can enjoy while you are escaping the winter air back home and enjoying your vacation to sunny Sanibel Island. We thought these few listed above would get you started for you get away from life back home and the cold weather. If you still haven’t found a place to stay, then come check out our inventory with Blind-Pass Condominiums today and let’s get your next vacation booked. We hope that you will be able to enjoy getting a tan sitting beachside rather than digging out of the snow!

What to Do on A Rainy Day on Sanibel Island

What to Do on A Rainy Day on Sanibel Island

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

I See Seashells

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

Let’s Learn History

What to Do on A Rainy Day on Sanibel Island

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

Sea School

One thing that is open whether it’s raining or sunny is the Sanibel Sea School. Here you and your family can take advantage of learning more about the sea life that you will find here on the island. They do offer different courses depending on your age so if you feel like there won’t be anything for everyone in the family to enjoy, don’t worry there is. There are a few things that you will need to bring with you for your adventure such as a swimsuit, sunscreen, hat, water shoes, a towel, bag for seashells and jacket. What a fun adventure this can be for the whole family to enjoy while it’s sunny or raining.

Explore the Beach

What to Do on A Rainy Day on Sanibel Island

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

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

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? Why not book a 2 Bedroom Condo to spend your Christmas vacation in. 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 December 30th 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.

 

Spend Thanksgiving in Sanibel This Year

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

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. 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

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 the 4-day holiday weekend!

October is a Great Month to Visit Sanibel Island

October is a Great Month to Visit Sanibel Island

October is a great month to come visit Sanibel, Florida because the weather is just right. But there are many different events happening in the area that we felt you should know about. When you come stay in one of our Blind-Pass Condominiums you will be close to where the fun action is happening!

“Ding” Darling Days

October is a Great Month to Visit Sanibel Island

Beginning on October 12th and ending on October 14th, 2018 you will have a weekend of eco-friendly fun. Take advantage of attending the 30th Annual “Ding” Darling Days. This weekend long fun is filled with activities that everyone in the family will want to attend. There will be live wildlife presentations, hot dogs, crafts for the kids to do, bird watching and other family activities. There is something for the entire weekend for everyone and you will be able to have a good time.

33rd Annual BaileyFest

Come and help celebrate the 33rd Annual BaileyFest on Sunday, October 21st from 12 pm – 4 pm. Bailey’s General Store will be hosting their Annual Fest where you will be able to enjoy some fun while on vacation. There will be solo singers, bands, groups, dancers, a magician, food and so much more. Admission is free to this event but you will be able to purchase food and beverages. What a fun way to spend the day with your family while on vacation!

Halloween Festivities

October is a Great Month to Visit Sanibel Island

Of course, when you are on vacation even in October, you can’t forget about Halloween for the kids. No need to feel like you are going to miss out on the Halloween fun. There will be plenty of things for you and the family to take advantage of during this fun holiday. The city of Sanibel suggests that trick-or-treating happens between 5 pm – 8:30 pm. They will also have police cars loaded with candy for the small children who happen to come their way. And there normally is several different activities island wide for you to enjoy.

October’s weather is the perfect time to come visit and don’t forget about searching for shells with the family. Spend time together as a family whether it’s on the beach, taking advantage of the events above or just spending time together in your Blind-Pass vacation rental. We hope to see you this October while you vacation with your family!

Fall on Sanibel Island is the Best

Fall on Sanibel Island is the Best

Summer is coming to an end soon which only means one thing, fall is coming! With school beginning back for most kids after Labor Day weekend, why not head to Sanibel Island for a week at the beach. If you happen to be staying with us at Blind Pass Condominiums, you will be close to where all the fun is. Let’s look below at why coming to Sanibel Island is the best in the fall!

Fall Weather

While the weather may be cooling drastically around the county, it’s not really the same as living up north. The average temperatures in the Sanibel Island area for September are roughly 89 degrees at the beginning of the month to being around 87 degrees during the day. At night the temperatures are from 77 – 75 degrees during the month of September. Even though it may not seem like a lot of a drop in the heat, when you are at the coast there normally is a small breeze off the gulf so that will help out some.

Beach Time

Fall on Sanibel Island is the Best

Since the fall is considered the off-season, visiting the beaches of Southwest Florida is just what the doctor ordered. You can have roughly 15 miles of the beach all to yourself and family or at least until Christmastime. This means that you and your family can have a relaxing day, playing in the sand, riding the waves or just enjoying time together. With such a wonderful island with luscious hibiscus and bike paths, you will get to spend all the time in the world together. The crowds will thin out and you will be able to still swim with the family.

Shelling Paradise

While there are chances for it to rain and storm while you visit the state of Florida, this is the best time to be able to enjoy some shelling. The fall weather makes perfect conditions for shelling with the family. We even have a few secrets to share with you to find the perfect shells. If you go an hour before low tide or go the day after a storm, the shells will be so thick that you will have to wear flip-flops to collect them. Taking a net or a bag will help you be able to find the perfect shell collection to take home and share with others.

Sunsets for Days

Fall on Sanibel Island is the Best

And of course, you can’t forget about those sunsets that you will get to see while you are on vacation. If you head to Blind Pass Beach, you will be at the island’s only west-facing beach for you to take advantage of the perfect photo opportunity. Plus, just taking a walk on the beach helps big time too to help relax while you are on vacation.You might even spot a dolphin or two while you are watching the sunset. Don’t miss out on the beauty that this island has to offer you without having to fly or cruise to the tropical paradise in the Caribbean. You will be able to find it here on Sanibel Island.

There are many other reasons to visit Sanibel Island this fall but these are just a few we’d thought you and your family would enjoy. If you are still looking for a place to stay in the area, we know of some pretty great condos for you to rent. Fall on the island where you will be able to enjoy some fun, family-friendly activities for all to love. We can’t wait to see you this fall with you and your family!

Why You Need to Take A Family Vacation to Sanibel Island

Bowman's Beach best shells ever

Sanibel Island has been named the #1 family-friendly vacation spot in the Southeast! This happens to be the best family-friendly beach in the United States and has been known to have several family friendly things to do. Sanibel Island is a barrier island located near Fort. Myers, Florida in the gulf coast. The island has a laid back tropical Caribbean feel that can offer families gorgeous sunsets and an oasis you’ve been looking for in the US without having to travel outside of the country.

Where to Stay:

3 Bedroom Cond

Now that you’ve made the decision to vacation at Sanibel Island but not sure where to stay? We have the perfect Places to Stay on Sanibel Island! Depending on how many are vacationing with you will depend on what kind of condo or townhome you’d like to rent. We have many options for you to choose from and we do have condos from being 2 bedrooms to 3 bedrooms. And take advantage of what we have to offer you while you stay with us. Play some tennis with a family member, take a walk on the beach, enjoy some time at the pool, or you can take a kayak or canoe and enjoy the wildlife! No matter what you are looking for the sky is the limit!

Where to eat:

We understand that while you are on vacation that sometimes cooking isn’t what you want to be doing. So, there are a few places that we can recommend to you to dine at. If you are looking to dine out for lunch or breakfast, then head on over to Island Cow where they have one of the largest menus on the island. Another good place to visit would be Lighthouse Cafe which offers many favorites for all.

If you are looking for something to eat for dinner we can recommend several places to eat at. If you are looking for seafood, then why not give Timbers Restaurant & Fish Market a try. They have some favorites that many of the locals love to eat as well. Lazy Flamingo is a casual restaurant that is the closest to Blind Pass Condominiums and the menu is family friendly.

What to do:

Wildlife Refuge

When you vacation with us we understand that exploring the island is just what the doctor called for. There are several family-friendly things for you to do and we’d love to share a few of them with you. If you and your children love animals, then head on over to JN ’Ding’ Darling National Wildlife Refuge where you can enjoy an open-air shuttle ride and can explore the education center that includes activities for the kids to do.

Speaking of wildlife, you can visit the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) which is Sanibel’s wildlife hospital for treating birds, reptiles and more. There are plenty for you to do and you children will get a few educational things out of the visit. There is also the Sanibel Island Lighthouse you can visit as well. This is a favorite place to photograph so get those cameras ready!

Sanibel Island Lighthouse Seagrass and Sky

With so many things to do and enjoy while visiting the island the possibilities for you to explore it more each day while you vacation here. No matter what kind of vacation you want, Sanibel Island is the place to be this summer. Allow us to continue to be there for you with each summer vacation.

Sanibel Named Among the “Top 20 Best Places to Vacation in Florida”

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With so many Florida beaches to choose from when it comes to deciding where to lay your beach towel, Trip Advisor is here to help.

USA Today recently posted that Trip Advisor confirmed that Southwest Florida is a great place to vacation – specifically Sanibel Island.

Sanibel Island made the Trip Advisor’s “20 Best Places to Vacation in Florida” list far ahead of other major Florida destinations.

Their list focused on rental home vacation properties. The 20 destinations are among the highest rated cities in Florida based on Trip Advisor’s rental reviews. The award highlighted the blissful beaches and sunsets of Sanibel Island.

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“You can spend your days at the beach watching the birds or combing through the thousands of pretty shells that wash up on the sands,” the award stated regarding Sanibel Island.

“As travel trends continue to show visitors crave authentic, engaging experiences, we know we can provide that to them here in Florida’s Paradise Coast,” said Jack Wert, executive director of the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“There’s nowhere else in Florida that can provide our level of quality beaches paired with outdoor wilderness experiences in the Everglades as well as a vibrant dining scene, high-end shopping and world-class arts and culture,” Wert said.

“Choosing one of our many vacation rental properties lets families and groups of friends feel at home and experience the area like locals.”

 

Fishing Around Sanibel Island

If you’re coming to Florida to do some fishing be sure to come on over to Sanibel Island and try your hand in the Gulf of Mexico. This shallow body of water is no deeper than 50-75 ft. just 30 miles offshore. There are numerous artificial reefs and wrecks that make for some fabulous fishing. Some of the best red grouper and black grouper fishing in the state can be found here. Other offshore species include shark, tripletail, tarpon, cobia, Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, barracuda, jack crevalle, amberjack, permit and numerous kinds of snapper.

Charter Fishing in Sanibel
When you’re making reservations for your Sanibel Island lodging be sure to give us a call at Blind Pass Condominium. We have 1,300 sq ft two-bedroom units with split floor plans, 1,586 sq ft three-bedroom, two bath units, and townhouse units that are 1,500 sq ft with two bedrooms and two and a half baths.

We’re sure you’ll enjoy the comfortable and open floor plans that you’ll find in both our condos and townhouses. In our Sanibel Island lodging we offer amenities such as Air Conditioning, Dishwasher, Gas Grill / BBQ, Heated Pool, Laundry, Microwave, Stereo, Tennis Facilities, TV and VCR. To make your vacation more relaxing we provide beach chairs, beach towels and beach umbrellas, too.

Once you’re settled into your Sanibel Island lodging you’ll be free to pursue whatever type of fishing interests you most. We have fishing charters and guides, offshore fishing, inshore/Back Bay fishing, fly fishing and fishing from shore or from the piers. Marinas on the islands rent boats, canoes and kayaks as well.
 
 

Sanibel Island Has the Only Shell Museum in the Nation

Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum

A short distance from our Blind Pass Condominiums, is the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum on the Sanibel-Captiva Road on Sanibel Island. If you enjoy looking at seashells this is a must-visit location for you!

Come learn everything there is to know about seashells on 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 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 share knowledge, surprising facts, and rare insights into the lesser-known complexities of shells. You’ll 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 $15 adults (18+), $9 for youth 12-17, $7 for children 4-11. Children under 4 are admitted free as are active military. Phone: (239) 395-2233. Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, 3075 Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel, Florida.