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“Nestled in nature, away from the crowd”

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Blind Pass Condominiums
Certificate of Excellence
New York City, New York
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Nestled in nature, away from the crowd”
Reviewed January 26, 2013

The best part of these condos is the location - right next to Bowman's Beach and surrounded by nature, not by other condo complexes, shopping centers, etc. There is a walkway over the lagoons to the uncrowded beach (even during the New Year's holiday week). There are free kayaks for paddling around in the lagoon, and on beach walks you see shells, birds and the Gulf. The pool is nice and well heated, the tennis courts good. The condo units are nice and comfortable, although the screened porches could be more spacious. (The townhouse units do have large porches). There are fancier places to stay, but if you are on Sanibel Island for the nature and not the "action", this location can't be beat. Also, bikes can be rented cheaply and the bike company delivers and picks up.

Room Tip: Units facing the pool are going to be noisier during the day time.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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London, Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed January 6, 2013

We enjoyed our stay in the Blind Pass Condos. Quite happy to have full on cable and wifi included with our rental (it appeared that this was not the case for all of the units). We loved the beach and the pool was fun.

My family enjoyed the condo and we may be back to this unit, but the beds (at least in the master bedroom) need updating as they do the trick, but they aren't the most comfortable for sleeping. The living room furniture is comfortable (although couch does an awkward tipping if you aren't careful) and new. Truly enjoyed having a ground floor unit as the stairs don't work for some of our family members.

The covered parking is probably a real plus in the rainy season and when it's crazy hot outside. The parking isn't the most convenient and getting to the front door of the condo the first time (until you learn your way around the various paths) can be tricky.

I would recommend the condos based on the private beach alone -- that was happily worth the price we paid. Fell in love with Sanibel and love having access to a private beach within a five minute walk.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Samba, on line marketing consultant at Blind Pass Condominiums, responded to this review, January 8, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write a review about Blind Pass Condominiums. We certainly agree that our grounds, pool and private beach are among the best reasons to choose our complex over others on Sanibel Island. Added incentives are, as you mentioned, the spaciousness of the units as well as the value to be found in our pricing. Choosing the precise condo is, of course, the biggest challenge as each unit is owner decorated, supplied and updated. The rental office can generally guide guests to condos that best fit their needs if the unit is in our program. In this particular instance, this condo is not in our program, and we do not have the opportunity to inspect or evaluate it, nor counsel the owners on how best to address your concerns. Hopefully the owner will read this review and take your comments into consideration.
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Charleston, West Virginia
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

We have stayed at Blind Pass Condos for many years. It's a little far from the action but that's what we like about it. Bowman's Beach is never crowded. The condos are larger than most, the grounds are always impeccable, they have a very large pool, nice gas grills, tennis courts, covered parking, and free kayaks for use. It's about a 5 minute walk to the beach over a small canal, very beautiful. We would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a good value on Sanibel Island.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Dayton, Ohio
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Reviewed August 25, 2012

We have stayed in quite a few rental condos over the years, and Paul and Corly’s unit (F-101) is one of the nicest we’ve been in. The location was excellent, with easy access to the beach and a good location on the island. The condo was in top condition, with good quality furnishings and beautiful décor. The kitchen was large and functional, better than most condos we’ve rented. There were a variety of books there that our kids enjoyed when they had down-time. With so much to do on the island -- shelling, swimming, Ding Darling nature preserve, CROW animal rehab clinic, and more -- this condo was a wonderful place to call home for our time on the island. The owners of this unit are friendly and responsive people who take care of the property, have integrity, and treat people with respect.

We thought Grandma Dot’s had the best key lime pie on the island, and preferred Jerry’s for groceries (great bakery section, too, for delicious treats). The easy drive to Captiva is worthwhile if you want to see beautiful houses and try shelling at some different beaches.

We loved this condo and definitely recommend it to others looking for a pleasant stay on Sanibel.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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Clinton, New Jersey
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107 reviews
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Reviewed August 21, 2012

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.

Room Tip: The front desk is very helpful. They have different size units, so that is good. We were in G, whi...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Samba, Owner at Blind Pass Condominiums, responded to this review, August 25, 2012
We appreciate your time in writing this review and are happy that you found your stay enjoyable. Blind Pass Condominium offers not only more spacious 2 bedroom, 2 bath units, but a split floor plan offering more privacy not found in many other complexes. In addition, for those looking for a little extra room, we do offer 3 bedroom units as well.

We are delighted that you were able to see and recognize our rather unique location on the Island. Again, what "sets us apart" is that we are set apart. Our property site is not close to any other complex and the private homes that flank us on the left and right are not seen from within the complex, and hardly seen from the beach.

We are always gratified when our guests not only have a good time, but feel that their vacation delivered a good value!
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Ames, Iowa
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Reviewed August 16, 2012

We loved our stay at Blind Pass. F101 was very spacious and expertly decorated. We felt right at home. A perfect location to the ocean and pool. We rented bikes for the week and rode to the local community center for fitness classes. Everyone in Sanibel was extremely friendly and helpful. A very quiet place with all the comforts of home at a very reaonsable rate! We're going back again in a month-looking forward to exploring more things and enjoying F101 again.

Room Tip: F-101 is a great two bedroom, two batheroom ground floor unit. Very nice and perfect location to get...
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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Lexington, Kentucky
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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Reviewed August 7, 2012

My husband's grandparents started going to Blind Pass condos well over 25 years ago. They went every year and then we started going every year. The condos are like a second home for us. Spacious, clean and the grounds are immaculate. We have our favorite 3 bedroom near the pool but we, and our large group of friends, have stayed in numerous units over the years and have never been disappointed. The secluded beach and relaxed atmosphere make it the perfect getaway vacation. Also, the prices are fabulous!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Samba, Owner at Blind Pass Condominiums, responded to this review, August 8, 2012
So happy to read we have become a tradition in your family! Hope you "pass us on" for many generations to come...
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Property: Blind Pass Condominiums
Address: 5117 Sea Bell Rd, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-2519
Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sanibel Island
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 42 Specialty Lodging in Sanibel Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Blind Pass Condominiums 3*
Number of rooms: 52
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 
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