Our Journey Back to Paradise – Update 1

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Our Journey Back to Paradise

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One of our tiki-signs still stands!

We so appreciate the outpouring of thoughts and well wishes we’ve been receiving from you – our past guests, friends and families who have been staying at Blind Pass for generations, visitors who’ve just gotten to know us and even people who haven’t yet stayed with us at Blind Pass. As you know, Hurricane Ian has caused catastrophic damage to Sanibel Island and Blind Pass Condos. You’ve seen the images on TV and online and have likely heard stories from friends who live in the area.

We are all devastated by the impact this storm has had on our island home. But Blind Pass is already hard at work on our path to rebuilding.

We’ve created this new newsletter to provide you with regular updates on our progress and journey along the way as we work to bring back the little slice of paradise that we all love so much.

We’ve received so many messages asking about how our staff are doing and wanted to share the good news that all of our staff and owners at Blind Pass Condos are safe and accounted for. Our staff have seen some of these personal messages and are touched by your heartfelt concern. As you know, Blind Pass Condo guests are family to us. We see the same families over and over again each year. We know that staying at Blind Pass Condos is a tradition and our staff is an important part of that. Our entire staff team is still on board at Blind Pass to help us with a variety of needs along the path to rebuilding.

We continue to be grateful that our staff and our Blind Pass owners are safe. And we thank you for the outpouring of kind thoughts that you’ve shared. Your continued support and messages of concern have truly been a silver lining.

Watch this space for photos as we rebuild, stories from our journey and news on timing for re-opening once we get close to that wonderful date! The Blind Pass community is dedicated to rebuilding our island home so that it brings us all the same joy, inspiration and connection to family and friends that mean so much to all of us.

With gratitude ~ The Blind Pass Board of Directors

We’re Temporarily Closed

Blind Pass Condos ClubhouseDue to damages to the property, our complex is temporarily closed. We don’t have an estimated date for re-opening yet, but are committed to moving forward. And we’ll share our progress along the way. Here’s a photo of the Clubhouse after Ian. Read more here.

Reservation Questions?

Our Journey Back to Paradise - Update 1 Refund updateOur refund process is moving right along – we’ve issued many over the past week and are diligently working on this project. Rest assured that cancellation fees are being waived and that we are processing as many as we can during the day. Read more about our refund updates here.

Thank You to the Crew

We have a huge crew of about 30 people working at Blind Pass Condos. They are helping to tarp roofs, secure windows, clean up, clear walkways, repair the clubhouse, document damages and salvage what is possible for our wonderful community of owners. This devoted team has been working tirelessly since day one. Thank you!

Photos Around Blind Pass

Our Journey Back to Paradise Continues…

We are committed to sharing our story as we continue on this journey. Our guests, friends and Blind Pass families are a source of inspiration to all of us. Thank you for the support, the kind messages, the sweet stories and uplifting notes. We appreciate all of you and look forward to keeping you informed. Make sure you’re signed up for our newsletter, we’ll continue to share our updates and progress along the way. Thank you!

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3 Instagram Worthy Spots on Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island is a hidden gem that many love to take pictures to post to Instagram and share with the world. We at Blind Pass Condominiums decided that we wanted to share our top three spots on the island to grab those beautiful pictures. Staying in one of our Sanibel Island vacation rentals will keep you and your family close to the spots. Let’s look below at our top picks to grab those priceless pictures to share on social media.

Blind Pass Beach

Sunset at blind pass at sanibel/captiva florida

Starting in our backyard is Blind Pass Beach, where you’ll be able to spot some of the most beautiful sunset shots. Here you’ll be able to spot much wildlife in the area, including the Great Blue Heron that loves to wade in the tide. Share with the world pictures of our crystal-clear water with the sun setting in the distance during the “golden” hour. Snap a few pics of the endless seashells you’ll find and share them with friends and family. The possibilities are endless on Blind Pass Beach.

Bowman’s Beach

Another great spot to grab instagram worthy shot is over at Bowman’s Beach. Here you’ll be able to capture the beauty of driftwood, seashells, the clear water, and more. Many love to spend the day at Bowman’s Beach to catch a glimpse of the serene beauty you’ll spot. The early morning is a great time to go before it gets too hot or takes an evening walk along the water. We promise you’ll post those pictures on your feed and stories on your next trip to the island.

Lighthouse BeachSanibel Lighthouse - Point Ybel Light.  Sanibel, Florida, USA.

Lighthouse Beach is another favorite for not only our guests but for locals too. Taking shots during the evening of the lighthouse will surely make your profile noticed. If you stick around after the sun has set and the stars are out, you may get a great shot of the Milky Way!

No matter where you are on Sanibel Island, every picture you take will be beautiful. If you haven’t booked your next vacation to stay in one of our Sanibel Island vacation rentals, now is the time. We can’t wait to see your pictures while visiting Sanibel Island!

Benefits of Booking a Vacation Rental with Us

Benefits of Book a Vacation Rental with Us

Do you and your family want to take a vacation to a tropical beach but don’t want to travel to the Caribbean? Then have no fear because when you book a Sanibel Island Condo vacation rental, then you will be in Florida’s hidden gem. Between the access to the beach and the amenities that we offer to our guests, you won’t want to leave your vacation. Let’s look at what the benefits are when you book with us.

Beach Gear

Whenever you go on a vacation to the beach, that means lugging all the beach items that you’d think you will need. When you book with us, you will not need to bring the beach items with you except for beach toys for the kids and sunscreen. All our units are equipped with 6 beach towels, 4 beach chairs and 1 beach umbrella. This can help leave extra room in your car to bring home souvenirs and even some shells for your collection.

Fun in the Sun

Benefits of Book a Vacation Rental with Us

No beach vacation is complete without heading to the beach, but when you stay with us, we have some other fun things to do. Blind Pass has many different amenities that you will want to not leave the complex. From playing tennis to walking over to Bowman’s Beach on our wood footbridge. To sign up for tennis rackets and balls to loan, stop in the front office to sign up for them.

Benefits of Book a Vacation Rental with Us

We also offer to all of our guest’s complimentary use of our kayaks and canoes for you to take out on the Clam Bayou. Here you will be able to see many different animals such as egrets, herons, and even perhaps a manatee or two. Be sure to bring along with you a camera that you can capture the moments of nature while on the water. Fishing, shelling and nature walks are available nearby and we promise you won’t hear the kids say, “I’m bored”.

Feels Like Home

Benefits of Book a Vacation Rental with Us

Anytime you go on a vacation, you want it to feel like you are at home with comfortable furniture and more. You want to have a full kitchen that you and the family can make homemade dinners or a quick lunch to take on the beach with you. We provide in your unit towels and linens, a washer and dryer and a days worth of laundry and dishwasher detergent. We also provide toilet paper, paper towels and trash bags. While we don’t provide other items, you are just a short drive to the grocery store where you can stock up on the extra items you may need. If you want to save time and be able to enjoy the beach a little more with the family, then you can bring a few items from home to help save time and money. No matter how long you are staying with us, you will feel like you are at home, yet relaxing while on vacation.

While there are many other benefits of booking with us, we thought that these would be more helpful for you when making your decision. Sanibel Island has so much to offer such as shelling, feeling like you are on a tropical island and just spending time with the family. If you are ready to book your Sanibel Island Condo vacation rental, please give us a call today or book it online. We look forward to helping you and your family enjoy a relaxing vacation to our beautiful island!

Where Sanibel Island Located?

Have you heard of people taking vacations to Sanibel Island but you’re not sure where it is? Allow us with Blind Pass Condominiums to share with you our location and why it’s a great area of Florida. Staying in one of our Sanibel Island vacation rentals will allow you and your family some time to reconnect. Let’s look below and learn a little about where Sanibel Island is located.

Where in Florida?

map of florida showing where sanibel island

Sanibel Island is in Southwest Florida on the Gulf of Mexico and about 20 minutes southwest of Fort Myers. We are on a barrier island of the mainland and our quaint island is about 12 miles long and only about 3 miles wide. You will notice that a good portion of the northern side of Sanibel Island is habituated by the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. We promise that our island is the perfect spot for spending your family vacations on for years to come.

Shelling Capital of the Southeast

Seashells many sea shells shelling foreground on Sanibel Island, Florida during day on Gulf of Mexico shore and bokeh background of colorful blue water ocean

Another big reason that Sanibel Island is a great place to visit is because we are known as the shelling capital of the Southeast. You will notice that our white sand beaches and crystal-clear water will help you find some unique shells you may not find anywhere else, except for the Caribbean. And it’s only natural for our island to have a museum dedicated to shells called the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum. We promise that once you visit the museum, you won’t want to visit any other imposter museum again.

Sanibel Island is the perfect island to sneak away from life back home, enjoy the island life and live it up looking for unique shells. If you haven’t booked your vacation to stay with us at Blind Pass Condominiums, give us a call today. We can’t wait to see you and your family as you explore our beautiful island here in Southwest Florida!

Don’t Miss this Year’s #BookDirect Day

Are you and your family planning a vacation to Sanibel Island this year? We need to tell you why you should #bookdirect with us if you are. Many online third-party vacation rental sites can add a 5%-20% additional fee to your reservation. We know that your vacations are significant and may limit how much you can spend each year. Blind Pass Condominiums wants to make sure that you get the most out of your money when visiting Sanibel Island. The only way that you’ll be able to enjoy your vacation without getting hit with that unexpected fee is by booking direct today!

A Little About #BookDirect Day

On February 2nd, 2022, we celebrate the 5th Annual Book Direct Day, which was created to help educate vacation rental guests on the benefits of booking directly through an owner or Property Management Company vs. using a Third-Party agency such as Airbnb, HomeAway, VBRO & TripAdvisor.

While you may recognize these big-name companies and their gimmicks in helping you save money, you will soon learn that they will charge you a fee for using their website. Who wants to pay extra just to try and save a little money? Some of the expenses that you may incur when you book with an OTA can range from 5%-20% of the total cost of your vacation rental, which in turn can cost you thousands of dollars extra depending on which rental you choose.

Why You Should Book Direct with Us

When you book direct with Blind Pass Condominiums, you will not only speak with one of our vacation specialists who are local to Sanibel Island and can give you the best information on the area. We know all the details on each property because we have personally been to them. We can provide you with our recommendations on where to dine, play, shop, and visit businesses in the area. Our office is conveniently on Sanibel Island, so if any problems arise while you’re on vacation, we’re here to help.

How You Can Book Direct with Blind Pass Condominiums

You will find that booking directly with us at Blind Pass Condominiums is easy! We encourage all guests to book their vacations directly through our safe & secure website, www.blind-pass.com or call our office at (800) 852-2038. Rest assured that we will never charge any hidden fees, and we will always provide you with the best available rates on our professionally managed vacation rentals. We don’t want you to have to pay anything extra so that you can use that money to go out to eat, explore the island or make a local day trip. We understand that your money is precious, and we can help you see that your vacation to Sanibel Island is the best one it can be each year!

Family making a sandcastle in the sand with water in the background

Are you ready to plan your vacation today? #BookDirect with Blind Pass Condominiums today to have the best-planned vacation year after year!

Ring in the New Year on Sanibel Island

Do you and your family have a vacation planned to stay on Sanibel Island this New Year’s Eve? If the answer is yes, allow us at Blind Pass Condominiums to share a few events happening in the area. Staying in one of our Sanibel Island vacation rentals will keep you and your family close to the celebrations. Let’s look below at how you and your family can ring in the New Year on the island.

Downtown Countdown

Realistic Colorful firework with smoke for celebrate happy new year 2021 countdown festival anniversary birthday party

If you’re looking for something that the whole family can do on New Year’s Eve, then head on over to Fort Myers. On Friday, December 31st, beginning at 6:00 pm in downtown Fort Myers is where you’ll find this big celebration. This year there will be about five stages with different live music performances to enjoy. Not only will there be live music but there will also be food vendors, live entertainment, the ball drop, and we can’t forget the fireworks. Don’t ring in the new year without checking out this fun and exciting evening with the family!

Celebrate in your Vacation Rental

Happy multiracial family drinking champagne during holiday celebration in decorated flat. Christmas, New year, Thanksgiving, Anniversary, Hanukkah, Mothers day, Easter, engagement celebration

Another great way to ring in the new year is to celebrate in your vacation rental. One of the benefits of staying with us at Blind Pass Condominiums is the space you’ll have for the whole family. Whether you have just your immediate family or you’ve brought along some stowaways, you’ll have just as much fun. There is something for everyone, from making a little fun celebratory dinner to watching the ball drop on the television. Even if the littles can’t stay up to ring in the new year, celebrate with those you care about in the rental.

Other fun events are happening in the area, but we wanted to share some ideas with you. Now is the time if you haven’t booked your next stay with us at Blind Pass Condominiums. We can’t wait to see and hear all about how you rang in 2022!

Our Top 3 Places to Eat Lunch on Sanibel Island

Our Top 3 Places to Eat Lunch on Sanibel Island

Do you and your family have plans to vacation on Sanibel Island soon, and you’d like to try some new restaurants on the island? If the answer is yes, allow us to help, you share our top 3 restaurants to grab some lunch. While staying in one of our Sanibel Island vacation rentals, getting to eat out can be a special treat, especially if it’s breakfast. Let’s look below at our top 3 places to eat lunch at Sanibel Island.

Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille

Our Top 3 Places to Eat Lunch on Sanibel Island

Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille is an excellent restaurant on the island that offers many different things to try. Some of the appetizers you can grab are Captiva Crab Cakes, Seared Tuna, Fried Calamari, and Caribbean Jerk Tostados. The main entrees are pretty impressive: Dry Rubbed Ribeye, Island Style Shrimp & Grits, Cedar Plank Salmon, and Deep-Water Mahi Mahi. Doc Ford’s also has soups, salads, and a raw bar you can enjoy. You will find that they have quite an impressive indoor and outdoor dining area to enjoy the beautiful views!

Schnapper’s Hots

Our Top 3 Places to Eat Lunch on Sanibel Island

Schnapper’s Hots is another excellent restaurant that is a hidden gem located on Sanibel Island that we have to share with you. For right down to earth food, then you will have to give them a try. Some of the items that you will find on their menu are Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Chicken Wings, Chicken Sandwiches, and so much more. We can’t forget to tell you about their Hand-dipped Milk Shakes, Floats, and their Old-Fashioned Sodas they offer. We promise that Schnapper’s Hots is like you’re stepping back in the ’50s and will make you want to visit for years to come.

Blue Giraffe

Our Top 3 Places to Eat Lunch on Sanibel Island

If you’re looking for a unique restaurant and is known by the locals as having some of the best food, then this is the place for you. The Blue Giraffe has several things on their menu that you may not find anywhere else on the island. One of the menu items that we think is pretty unique is the Grouper Ruben, which includes grouper and the classic things that make up a Ruben. Some of the other individual items you will find on the menu for lunch is Blue Giraffe Fish Tacos, Cuban Sandwich, Brutus Wrap, and Fish & Chips. This is a restaurant that you will have to try when you stay with us at Blind Pass Condominiums!

While there are many other great restaurants to grab lunch on the island, we wanted to share these with you. If you haven’t booked your next vacation to stay with us in one of our Sanibel Island vacation rentals, now is the time. We hope to see you and your family on your next vacation and hear what you thought of these places.

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!