Celebrate the 4th of July on Sanibel Island

Celebrate the 4th of July on Sanibel Island

It’s hard to believe that the 4th of July will be here in just a few short days. For many families, spending the holiday weekend at the beach is a tradition. Staying in one of our Blind Pass Condominiums, you will be close to where the relaxation and fun will happen. This year will be one of the best 4th of July’s that you can have because you will be on island time. Let’s look at some of the fun activities that are happening for July 4th, 2019 below.

Independence Day Parade

Celebrate the 4th of July on Sanibel Island

One thing that makes every holiday the best are the parades that families can sit and enjoy. Don’t miss our Independence Day Parade on Sanibel Island as this year’s theme is “Seas the Day”. Starting at 9:30 am, your family can grab a spot along the parade route which begins at Island Inn Road and ends on Casa Ybel Road. What a way to start off the holiday weekend by attending this fun parade for everyone of all ages to enjoy!

July 4th Celebration at Jerry’s

After the parade, your family won’t want to miss the 4th of July Celebration going on over at Jerry’s Shopping Center. From 10:30 am to 2:30 pm, your family can enjoy the activities that will be set up fun for everyone. There will be a water slide, dunk tank, inflatable bounce house for the kids, a slip n’ slide and more. What a great way to come and enjoy the day spending time together which is what a family vacation is all about.

40th Annual Road Rally

Head over to Timbers Restaurant on Tarpon Bay Road from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm for the San-Cap Optimist Club’s 40th Annual Road Rally. This has been one of the longest-running 4th of July events on the island and is fun for everyone. For more than 40 years, families and teams have to figure out clues while following a road course around the island. There will be prizes for the correct time and mileage and for the most correct answers to the quiz. Plus, some of the other prizes will be given for best decorated cars and the team who is coming from the farthest location. All proceeds from the rally helps fund the local Sanibel-Captiva Optimist Club’s 6 college scholarships.

4th of July Fireworks Display

Celebrate the 4th of July on Sanibel Island

This year the city of Sanibel will be sponsoring the fireworks display for the 4th of July. After you have spent the day at the beach or at one of the events listed above, come enjoy our fireworks display. To see the display the best, head over to the Sanibel Causeway Islands and the bayside of Sanibel Island. Celebrate with a bang this year and see the lights in the sky. Don’t miss this as it’s fun for the whole family!

If you don’t feel like spending the day at any of these events listed above, then spend the day sitting on the beach and soaking up the rays. If you still haven’t made your reservations for your 4th of July getaway or vacation, now is the time. We can’t wait to see you and your family as you join us for this festive holiday!

It’s Sea Turtle Nesting Season on Sanibel Island

It’s Sea Turtle Nesting Season on Sanibel Island

May happens to be the start of the sea turtle nesting season here on Sanibel Island and that means that the turtles can be seen any day now. Every year hundreds of sea turtles flock to the beaches of Sanibel Island in late spring to make their nests. And when you stay with us at Blind Pass Condominiums, you may have the opportunity to see a nest or two. Let’s look at what you need to know about the turtle nesting season on Sanibel Island below.

When is Sea Turtle Nesting Season?

It’s Sea Turtle Nesting Season on Sanibel Island

While many of the locals love this time of the year, so does many of our guests do as well. Beginning on May 1st every year is the start of one of the most magical times as it is the beginning of turtle nesting season. This is when you will see sea turtles come to the shore on Sanibel Island to lay their eggs in their nest they have built. From the Sanibel Lighthouse to Blind Pass is where you will find most of the turtle nests. Turtle nesting season ends in October every year so while you are on vacation to Sanibel Island during the late spring to late fall months, know that it is turtle nesting season.

Help Protect Sanibel Islands Turtles

It’s Sea Turtle Nesting Season on Sanibel Island

We take protecting our sea turtles very serious as they have made their home on our beautiful island’s shore. We have over 100 local volunteers who check out the beaches every morning in search of new nests.  These volunteers do mark the new nests with flags along the beach, so if you happen to come across some while on your vacation, don’t disturb them at all. Here are a few rules to follow while you are on vacation on Sanibel Island during turtle nesting season:

  • Please stay at least 50 feet from the sea turtles and their nests.  
  • Don’t disturb the screens that are protecting and covering their nests. These screens help keep predators away from their eggs and hatchlings.
  • Please don’t use your lights on your phone during your nighttime stroll along the shoreline. This can cause them to become disoriented while they are on shore.
  • Please clean up after your day at the beach and be sure to bring in all your beach equipment at night time.
  • Please keep the beach clean from any trash that you may have while spending the day at the beach.  We want to help protect our beaches and the new turtles as much as we can!
  • If you happen to find a nest that isn’t marked or you need to report a problem, then please contact the sea turtle hotline at 978-728-3663.

While there are many other things that you can do while on vacation to Sanibel Island during the turtle nesting season, these are the most important ones we wanted to share. If you are still looking to book your next vacation to Blind Pass Condominiums this summer, now is the time to do so!  We can’t wait to see you and your family on your next vacation to our amazing Sanibel Island this summer!

Where’s the Best Coffee at on Sanibel Island

Where's the Best Coffee at on Sanibel Island

Are you and your family going on vacation to Sanibel Island soon and are you looking to know where you can grab coffee at on the island? We at Blind Pass Condominiums can tell you where you can find some of the best coffee shops in the area. Many locals find that getting their daily dose of caffeine will help you enjoy your vacation a little more. Let’s look at our top picks on where you can find coffee at on Sanibel Island.

The Coffee Bar by Bailey’s

Where's the Best Coffee at on Sanibel Island

The Coffee Bar by Bailey’s is located at the Bailey’s General Store and you won’t be able to find another like it on the island. This is a favorite stop for coffee for many of the locals and for many visitors to the island. They have a large selections of coffee drinks that you can pick from and there is something here for everyone. If you visit more than once and are a frequent coffee drinker, then joining the Sanibel Neighbors Club can allow you to get a special loyalty card. Some of the drinks that you can take advantage of and try are a Flavored Latte, Cool Brew, Smoothies and even Butterbeer. Don’t miss this coffee bar on your next family vacation to Sanibel Island!

Sanibel Deli & Coffee Factory

If you are searching for a coffee shop that has some pretty amazing food and coffee, then this is the place for you. Everyone in the family will want to come back on a daily basis to Sanibel Deli & Coffee Factory. Here you are able to grab yourself a coffee drink such as an Espresso, Café Mocha, Latte or an Iced Coffee. They have other foods for you to enjoy such as Pizza, Wings and even Gluten Free options. Don’t forget about the desserts they have for you to drool over such as Ice Cream, Milkshakes, Fresh Baked Pastries and even Key Lime Pie.

Over Easy Café

Where's the Best Coffee at on Sanibel Island

If you are like many who come on vacation to Sanibel Island, there might be a day or two you don’t feel like cooking breakfast. Then hop on over to Over Easy Café for a meal with the family. Located in the Olde Sanibel Shoppes you will find this quaint little café that has an extensive breakfast menu including coffee. They do have different types of meals such as the Egg Reuben Sandwich, Sunrise Sliders or if you are feeling very hungry then grab the Big Bertha’s Breakfast. Over Easy Café serves coffee, Herbal Teas, Fresh Florida OJ and even Mimosa’s for the adults. Stop by one day and enjoy this eggceptional breakfast and shop in their little store too.

Joey’s Custard

Joey’s Custard is not only a coffee shop but it’s also a place where you and your family can head to get a nice cold treat on a hot day. Located at 2467 Periwinkle Way in Sanibel you will find Joey’s Custard that is open 7 days a week from 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm. They do offer their customers both indoor and outdoor seating so you too can enjoy the sunshine and the air conditioning on those hot days. Some of the coffee that you can get is Latte, Cappuccino and a Cuban Coffee. For the kids they can get Ice Cream, Custard, Frozen Yogurt and more. Why not spend the day at the beach and for a late evening treat come to Joey’s Custard.

While there are other coffee shops that are in Sanibel, we thought that you’d enjoy these. If you are still looking for a place to stay for your next vacation to Sanibel Island, check out what is available at Blind Pass Condominiums. We look forward to seeing you and your family on your next vacation to the beach!

Beach Bag Essentials for your Sanibel Island Vacation

Beach Bag Essentials for your Sanibel Island Vacation

Do you have a vacation planned to Sanibel Island this year? If the answer is yes, then we understand that spending the week sitting on the beach soaking up the rays is just what you need.  Staying in one of our 3-Bedroom condo rentals will keep you close to the beach but having the right things in your beach bag will allow you to enjoy your vacation. We have compiled a list to help you get ready for your next vacation to Sanibel Island below.

Beach Bag Items

Beach Towels

When you are on vacation making sure you have packed everything before you leave home is essential. So be sure to pack a towel for everyone in your family whether you are going to sit in the sun or swim in the ocean. Bringing an extra towel with you is always a good idea especially if you have little ones with you. Having a beach towel with a different design can help each member in your group remember which one theirs is. Another great thing that you can do to each towel is sew pockets onto the end of the towel. This way you can keep your sunglasses and phone close by while you play.

Sunscreen

Beach Bag Essentials for your Sanibel Island Vacation

The sun on Sanibel Island can be very hot so sunscreen is a must for any beach bag. Use a sunscreen that is designed for your beach activities such as waterproof, sport, high SPF, etc. Dermatologists recommend that you use a sunscreen with at least 30 SPF while you are enjoying the sunshine. And don’t forget to Reapply throughout your day as we don’t want you to ruin your vacation the very first day your here with a sunburn. If you happen to get a little too much sun while you are on vacation, remember to pack a bottle of aloe as well.

Bag for Sand Toys

Anytime you go on vacation with kids, you have to bring a ton of sand toys with you. We understand bringing sand back with you into your vacation rental is not necessary and can be quite a hassle. So, if you pack a mesh bag such as a laundry bag or a bag specifically for beach toys can help eliminate the mess. Just throw the sandy toys into the bag, give it a good shake or two and leave the sand behind at the beach.

Hats & Sunglasses

Bringing sunglasses and hats can be very useful for anyone who visits the beach. The sun is much hotter than it is in the north, so we want to make sure that your eyes and face are protected. Having sunglasses will protect your eyes from the sun bright rays and will offer you some relief when trying to keep an eye on your little ones playing. Whether you have a floppy hot or a baseball cap, you will be happy that you brought these along with you. Don’t forget to pack one for everyone in the family.

Baby Powder

Beach Bag Essentials for your Sanibel Island Vacation

This is one item that you may not have thought about, but it is a must whenever you visit the beach. Whether you are staying in a vacation rental or you decided to drive your car to the beach access, sand will be all over you when you leave the beach for help. So, bringing baby powder in your beach bag will magically get the sand off of your body without irritation and leave a nice scent too. This is perfect for everyone in the family and not just the kids.

There are many other things that you can pack into your beach bag, but these are the must have items for your next vacation. If you haven’t made your vacation to Sanibel Island yet, check out our 3-Bedroom condo rentals today. We can’t wait for your family to come and vacation with us!

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!

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.

 

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.

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.

 

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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!