Sanibel Island--known worldwide for its beautiful beaches, national wildlife refuge and abundant seashells--was voted by Trip Advisor members as the “5th Best Beach in the US” for 2011. And Bowman’s Beach--known by locals and long-time visitors as Sanibel’s “hidden treasure”--was voted the “#1 Secluded US Beach” by Shermans Travel.
Located midway between Sanibel center and quaint Captiva Island, Blind Pass Condos are surrounded by million dollar homes…not other condominiums...our closest “neighbors” are the wildlife that make their homes in the protected refuge bordering the property. The lushly landscaped, park-like grounds feature a heated pool, two tennis courts and five outdoor gas grills. Kayaks and canoes for exploring the adjacent mangrove-lined Clam Bayou are available FREE for our guests. Secure wireless internet (WiFi) access in the unit is also complimentary.
Our Island home is situated on the ground floor in the building CLOSEST to the beach. The short, serene stroll to the sand is a delightful experience--you never know which wonders of nature you’ll encounter on the way! The footbridge that spans Clam Bayou is a great spot to view wading birds such as heron, egret and ibis, and the occasional gator. And from the bridge’s end, a private, sandy path through native vegetation past a pair of nesting ospreys leads you to the Gulf of Mexico.
Beach towels, chairs, and umbrellas are provided for your comfort; and an assortment of games, beach toys, books, DVDs and fishing gear ensures you’ll have plenty to keep you entertained. The kitchen is well-equipped should you wish to prepare some or all of your meals and a full size washer and dryer are provided for your convenience. Plus, on-site management ensures any unforeseen issues will receive immediate attention.
In the opinion of many who live or vacation here, Sanibel Island is as close to paradise as you will find in the continental U.S. Unlike other coastal locations, thanks to visionary land-use regulations, buildings along Sanibel’s coastline can be no taller than a palm tree. Over half of the island is conservation and refuge lands, with additional land set aside each year to prevent development and preserve the Island's abundant, diverse wildlife population for future generations.
Sanibel Island is home to the Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, a 6,400 acre, world famous refuge and wilderness area providing habitat to over 220 species of birds. Visit the education center or take a tour of the Ding Darling by car, foot, bicycle, kayak, canoe, tram or pontoon boat and view marine life up close.
Sanibel and Captiva Islands are dotted with art galleries, quaint boutiques, and a wide variety of restaurants. A multitude of tour operators offer deep-sea fishing trips, dolphin and wildlife watch cruises, sunset cruises, beach and shelling excursions to Cayo Costa State Park Islands, and day-trips to one of four exciting out-islands: Cabbage Key, Useppa Island, Boca Grande or Cayo Costa.
Residents and vacationers enjoy over 26 miles of bike paths, world famous shelling beaches, and incredible nature experiences year-round. Sanibel Island, while only 45 minutes from the Ft. Myers airport, seems a world away.
From our place, possible day-trips include Everglades National Park for an airboat ride (apprx 2 hrs); Fort Myers to tour the Thomas Edison-Henry Ford Estates (approx 45 mins); or take the high-speed passenger ferry, "Key West Express" for a 3.5 hr boat ride all the way to the Southernmost point in the U.S.