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.

Bowman’s Beach: For the Best Shelling on Sanibel Island

Bowman's Beach best shells ever

For those planning a vacation to Captiva or Sanibel Island and hoping to return home with the best seashells ever, be sure to check out Bowman’s Beach on Sanibel Island. When you stay in our Blind Pass Condominiums you won’t be far from beach combing to your heart’s content. Bowman’s Beach offers some of the most remote beachfront in the area andf the shelling at this location is outstanding. Plenty of parking awaits at $4/hr. and is available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Low tide will provide the best and most shells. Come early to have the beach to yourself and for the very best selection of shells.

Bowman's Beach

Bowman’s Beach is a great place to picnic and swim with the family. There’s a large picnic area, grills, outside showers and a bathroom. The beach is about a ¼ mile walk from the parking lot and offers pristine white sands.

Dolphins off Bowman's Beach

You’ll see things from the beach that you just won’t see otherwise unless you’re on a boat. Watch for the manatees and dolphins as you cross the bridge on the walk to the beach. Be sure to check out the awesome views of the Gulf of Mexico as well.

Kids get to shell on Bowman's Beach

Grab the kids, pack a lunch and plenty of liquids, and don’t forget the buckets or bags to put your shells in. Treasures like these can’t be purchased in any store. These come wrapped up in the full experience of vacationing on Sanibel Island, Florida.