We stayed at Blind Pass Condominiums for the first time this summer; normally we stay at a place on Middle Gulf Drive on the beach (we have been going to Sanibel since the late 80's). The main caveat is that you won't have beach views, so this is not a good match if that is important to you. However, the walk to the beach is not long, and goes over a lagoon where we saw wildlife daily (no alligators thank goodness!). The beach is relatively quiet, although a little ways away is Bowman's Beach which is public and usually a bit crowded.
The facility is very nice, and they clearly are working to improve it even so. Parking is covered, but the path from parking to your unit may not be completely covered. We stayed in G101 and the unit was very well-appointed and larger than similar units in Sundial (2 BR 2 BA). WIth six people, it didn't feel like we were smooshed in. Unlike other condominiums which can treat guests staying not in their rental program very poorly, the front desk was great to us, and we had access to all amenities. One of the reasons we left a certain Middle Gulf condo complex is that they made guests of owners not renting through them pay a daily pool and amenity fee!
There are kayaks and tennis rackets and balls to borrow for free, although the lagoon is not that big so more serious kayakers should just rent a kayak in the refuge. It is great for beginners to try though.
They do not have bike rentals available on-site, but if you rent bikes for a week for more than one person, the $10 delivery charge from Billy's is not that bad. We went to the refuge several times and also rode up to Captiva. It is really great to go to the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge on a bike, you see so much more.
The only downside of our stay was two nights the people above us in G201 were noisy. The first night it sounded like a toddler running around, but the next night, they were hammering near midnight! Turns out Sanibel has a noise ordination past 10 pm, so the front desk mentioned that we should have called their service and registered a complaint. We handled it ourselves with a trip upstairs, and they stopped making noise in a little while. In the future, we'll make sure to call - these aren't individual houses!
We're not sure if we will be back to Blind Pass any time soon based on family commitments, but we heartily recommend it. It is located in a great spot for those wishing to hike, bike, or kayak in the refuge. People have mentioned a down side that it is "off the beaten-path" but seriously folks, it is maybe 10 minutes to Jerry's as opposed to 5 minutes from the Middle Gulf properties. And it is closer to Captiva so we split our time between Captiva and Sanibel this time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Blind Pass Condominiums is the hidden jewel in Sanibel's crown. On the quiet west end, secluded, tropical and a short walk to the best shelling beach on the Island, Blind Pass units offer great value. Their spacious room sizes and well designed layouts make vacationing comfortable and convenient. The extra large pool and on-site management also enhance a vacationer's stay. Free tennis offered at all times. Free kayaking and canoeing offered, conditions permitting. We are sure you will find a unit at Blind Pass that you will love and will meet your needs. And, if you have any questions about a unit in our rental program, our rental office will help you make a decision in what best suits your search. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Blind Pass Condominiums Hotel Sanibel Island