This beach is one of Southwest Florida’s best kept secrets, though not for long perhaps. Tucked away at the end of Sanibel, right before the bridge to Captiva starts, is where you’ll find this small but bountiful beach.
The first Blind Pass bridge was built in 1918, and in the 1980’s a more modern bridge was built thus allowed more comfortable access to the pass. In the 90’s, the pass began to fill with sand, closing the beach for more than 15 years. Today, it’s a thriving eco system filled with fish and other wildlife, different kinds of shells, expansive views of the Gulf and a sandbar.
- The most popular activity here is collecting shells. Conch shells, alphabet cones, augers, whelks and all kinds of shells are buried under the sand.
- This is also a good fish site.
- You’ll find dolphins, sand sharks, ospreys, manatees and a host of other sea life, but you’ll also be able to ride some of the waves. The starfish also wash upon the shore as the sun sets.
- Watching the sunset from here is very popular, especially since this beach is still relatively quiet and untouched by human feet. The sand is clean, and not too rocky, making this beach a good relaxation spot.
Blind Pass Beach Travel Tips
- Parking is very limited and can be a real hassle, so either come really early (7.00 am) or really late (8.00 pm).
- To get here you’ll have to pay a toll on the Causeway, so bring some cash as credit cards not accepted. If you forget, they will take a picture of your license plate and send you a bill.
- There is a channel near the shelling location so kids should stay away from that due to currents.
- If you go late, then night shelling at low tide actually can give you access to better shells. Much of the shelly sandbar disappears into the water after sunrise. You’ll also get to watch shooting stars in the gorgeous night sky.
Entrance Ticket Details For Blind Pass Beach
- Parking- $3/hour.
- Mad Hatter Restaurant (American)
- Lazy Flamingo (Seafood)
- Crow’s Nest Beach and Bar Grille (American, Hamburgers, Seafood, Bar)
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79.92% of people who visit Sanibel include Blind Pass Beach in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
44.83% of people start their Blind Pass Beach visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Blind Pass Beach
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Blind Pass Beach
Blind Pass Beach Reviews & Ratings
We almost always stop here when on Sanibel island. It is a very nice beach area, with parking and bathrooms.
This is my all time favorite beach.
Beautiful beach and a great place to watch the sunset.
Nice beach, good fishing. Short walk to Captiva side. Better shelling on Captiva side.
Love this beach!!! Just understand that it is not typical. There are awesome shells but you have to wade out to find them. Don't wade too far because the currents are killer. Also, there are many fishermen, especially close to and on the bridge. Fun to dip in, watch dolphins and explore.