Island Hopper Songwriter Festival

Island Hopper Songwriter Festival
Don’t miss the Island Hopper Songwriter Festival taking place from September 22 – October 1, 2017 on Sanibel, Captiva Island and Fort Myers. The festival features nationally acclaimed singer/songwriters brought to the beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel by BMI & iHeart Radio.

This award-winning festival includes over 150 live performances, more than 80 songwriters, and 23 unique venues!

Island Hopper Songwriter Festival

Featured songwriters include Brooke Eden, Lindsay Ell, Aaron Barker, Raelynn, Adam Wood, Ashley Gearing, Audrey Spillman, Badger & Rose, Bill Labounty, Bobby Tomberlin, Brandon Maddox, Brian Sutherland, Bridgette Tatum, Brinley Addington, Carl Anderson, Carrie Welling, Chas Sandford, Christina Christian, Clint Daniels, Danny Myrick, Dave Fenley, Dave Gibson, and more.

Event schedules:
Captiva Island: September 22 – September 24, 2017
Downtown Fort Myers: September 25 – September 28, 2017
Fort Myers Beach: September 29 – October 1, 2017

For accommodations during the festival, contact Blind Pass Condominiums where you’ll find comfortable and affordable condominiums beautifully decorated and fully furnished.

Spend Your Honeymoon With Us

When you’re looking for the ideal spot to spend your honeymoon and make memories, come to Blind Pass Condominiums in Sanibel Island, Florida, where you can experience a tropical environment offering relaxation and recreation that is the very definition of “paradise.”


Check out our many romantic Sanibel condo and townhouse rentals located in a lush and tropical setting that are perfect for that romantic getaway providing privacy as well as the opportunity for endless romantic strolls along the beach at any time of day or night.

While staying in our beautifully furnished condos or townhouses you’ll enjoy the easy access for lounging by the outdoor pool with sundeck just steps from where you’re staying. Our units are so well-appointed and spacious you’ll feel like you’re in a private island home.

Each honeymoon rental at Blind Pass Condominiums includes everything you need to make this special time in your life more relaxing including beach chairs, beach towels and beach umbrellas.
You’ll have wireless Internet along with fully equipped kitchens and a washer/dryer in the unit.

 

honeymoon
For a romantic day to just enjoy at a leisurely pace, head to the oceanfront and spend a day collecting shells along the beach and then spread a blanket and enjoy a picnic lunch. Or rent kayaks and standup paddleboards and paddle around the islands at your own pace while enjoying the scenic views of the blue ocean water and dramatic coastline.

Why not play some tennis while you’re here or stroll along our private walkway and over the wooden footbridge above Clam Bayou to Bowman’s Beach. (Some of the best shelling can be found here!) Fishing, nature walks and shelling are all nearby, as well as all the destinations and attractions that make Sanibel and Captiva Islands so popular. You’ll have no shortage of things to do and places to go every day! We look forward to seeing you!

Great Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Father’s Day is fast approaching and whether you plan on celebrating with your own dad, a son, a grandfather or a dad-to-be, you will find plenty of opportunities around Sanibel Island and the surrounding area to make the day super special.

 

You could book him a tee time at any number of Sanibel Island golf courses, treat him to a delicious meal at an area restaurant, or treat him to a relaxing day at the beach. But dad prefers a little adventure, try out one of these five fun activities sure to put a smile on the face of any Dad for Father’s Day:

* Brunch/Dinner: All dads love to eat, and there are plenty of restaurants and cafes on Sanibel Island to satisfy the heartiest of appetites. Whether he wants fine dining or cheap eats (casual faire) he won’t be disappointed.

* Fishing: Most dads will use any excuse to go fishing, and our guests are surrounded by nice opportunities to wet a line. There’s a good assortment of Fishing Guides & Charters if that’s something he’s always wanted to do. There are also opportunities for fly fishing with or without a boat, inshore or backbay fishing and offshore fishing.

* Golf: Dad will love you for giving the gift of playing golf, and why not join him to play or be his caddy! Check out the Sanibel Island Golf Club, The Sanctuary Golf Club, or The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club. More courses are available on Captiva Island and in Fort Myers, too.

* Sightseeing & Touring: If your dad is a history buff he’d sure love to visit the Sanibel Historical Museum and Village. Gardeners would love a day spent at the Sanibel Moorings Botanical Gardens. If he’s more of an adventurist why not take him on a Boat Tour or a Segway Tour. There are also nature & wildlife tours he’s sure to love.

After a fun-filled Father’s Day spent with on Sanibel, come back to Blind Pass Condominiums for a relaxing evening spent by the pool. It’s the perfect way to make your dad feel like a king on Father’s Day.

 

Critical Mass Sanibel Night Bike Ride

There are people that go on vacation and want to do absolutely nothing but relax. Then there are others who want to try every new and different thing they can manage to squeeze into the time they have available. Either one is fine but if you’re in the former you probably don’t need to read any further.

If you’re a bicyclist and you’re planning on staying with us at Blind Pass Condominiums you might want to consider bringing your bike along. There’s an organized night ride that takes place the Second Saturday on Sanibel that is a ton of fun for cyclists of any type. If you’ve never done a night ride you’re in for a real treat.

This ride is held every second Saturday beginning 7 p.m. at 1700 Periwinkle Way at the shopping center and goes an hour with one break along the way. Riders meet at Jerry’s Plaza at 7 p.m. and roll out at 7:30 p.m. It’s suitable for any type of bike and is a social and casual ride along the beautiful paved paths of the island. The ride is at a relaxed pace (7-10 mph) for a total of 10.5 miles with a 10 minute break at Doc Fords at 6.5 miles. This is a fun and safe ride perfect for all ages and skill levels. Don’t forget to light it up. The island is dark with little light pollution.

Sponsored by the Southwest Florida Critical Mass (SWFLCM) the event is open to the public and is free. Bring your own bike or go rent a bike locally for the event. Decorate your bike with lights of any type for the full experience.

Parking is available at the Bailey Homestead Preserve Park located at 1300 Periwinkle Way. After crossing the Sanibel Causeway turn right onto Periwinkle Way, the park is about half a mile on your right just past Donax Street.

For more information call 239-338-3500.

 

 

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

Finnimore’s
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.

valentines day dinner on the beach

 

  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.

 

Romantic candlelight dinner

  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.

 

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!

 

 

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.