The best things come in small packages and Blind Pass Beach is no exception. The ultimate spot for shellers and fishermen alike, Blind Pass Beach is the strait that separates Captiva Island from Sanibel Island.

The Ultimate Beach For Shellers & Fisherman Alike

Intimate and relaxing, Blind Pass Beach has the unique advantage of both the gulf side and bayside. This distinctive quality unquestionably opens up Blind Pass Beach to many entertaining options. On the bayside there is wildlife in abundance including manatee sightings while simultaneously the gulf side can cater to a plethora of water sports including windsurfing and kiteboarding. For avid shellers, the shelling is second to none. The beach on the Sanibel Island side of Blind Pass is called Blind Pass Beach.  On the Captiva Island side of Blind Pass is called Turner Beach.

Blind Pass Fishing surf fishing Captiva Island
Blind Pass Beach - Sanibel Island
fishing on Blind Pass Sanibel Island

Directions To Blind Pass Beach

Blind Pass is the strait that separates Captiva Island from Sanibel Island. To get there turn right off the causeway and head down Periwinkle Drive. Once you hit the end of Periwinkle, take another right onto Tarpon Bay Road and then a left onto Sanibel Captiva Road (or the SanCap Road as the locals call it). This road will take you all the way to Blind Pass Beach – keep going past the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge, past the entrance to Bowman’s Beach, and all the way down. You will come to Blind Pass Bridge where you will see options for parking on the Sanibel side of the bridge at Blind Pass Beach and the Captiva side of the bridge at Turner Beach.

Parking & Beach Facilities

Parking is very limited at the Blind Pass Beach parking lot. There are 27 spots available. Parking is $5 per hour payable at a kiosk with a credit card or cash. There are 2 free handicap parking spaces.

Restrooms and outdoor showers are available at Turner Beach across the bridge and bike racks are available. The Sanitva General store is close by and there are also restaurants close to Blind Pass.

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Beach Rules For Blind Pass Beach, Sanibel Island

  1. No live shelling. Keep scrolling to find out more information on that.

  2. A valid Florida fishing license is required to fish. Poles must be attended at all times.

  3. Dogs are allowed but must be on a leash no longer than 8 feet and cleaned up after.

  4. Stay off dune vegetation and avoid nesting shorebirds and sea turtles.

  5. Recycle and dispose of trash and fishing line properly.

  6. Alcoholic beverages are allowed.

  7. Campfires must be permitted through the City Fire Control District

  8. Respect your neighbors and wildlife: Play music at a low volume; no nude sunbathing allowed.

  9. Leave nothing on the beach but your footprints.

Is It Safe To Swim At Blind Pass?

Both sides provide options for swimming, though it is prudent to be careful around the bridge area because the currents can be strong and the tides high but, the gulf side eventually leads into Bowman’s Beach so there is ample room to sample the ocean at a safe distance from the bridge.

Be safe, check the Sanibel Tide Chart

What Are The Top Things To Do On Blind Pass Beach?

Manatee Sightings

There is not a sweeter and more unusual Florida resident than the manatee also known as the Sea Cow. These gentle giants are vegetarian, marine mammals so don’t be intimidated by their size, they are a very slow-moving creature. They swim at a slight angle with their heads pointing towards the ocean top, if you see them floating by and happen to have a bottle or access to freshwater, they will often drink fresh water provided. It is possible to swim with them although you have to be extremely slow and quiet to ensure they don’t swim off. Manatees are not aggressive and they and their environment should undeniably be respected.

Manatee Sightings


For avid shellers, the shelling on Blind Pass Beach (Sanibel side) and Turner Beach (Captiva side) is second to none and the shells are plentiful. There are many types of shells from Angel wings, various Conch, Paper Figs, various Murex, and many more. As the Bay Side of Blind Pass is a little calmer, it provides a perfect backdrop for hours of shell hunting. Finally, live shells cannot be taken. Check out our Complete Guide To Shelling.

Shelling on the beah

Windsurfing & Kiteboarding

Blind Pass and Turner Beach are perfect for windsurfing and kiteboarding. When the breeze is right, Blind Pass provides a good hub for which to start your watersports adventure. The large expanses of open ocean are fit for numerous daredevils to indulge! The water can be a little choppy at times but this only makes for a more exciting ride. Yolo Watersports, located at 11534 Andy Rosse Lane, Captiva, can help you with all your rental needs!

wind surfer on blind pass beach

Watch The Sunset

Whether you are a morning walking wanderer, an energetic running warrior or a peacefully sitting ponderer, Blind Pass Beach provides the idyllic setting and space to soak in the sunrise & sunset. Check out our Guide To Sunrise & Sunsets.

beach sunset, blind pass bech


Blind Pass is a terrific place for fishing as you can bay fish or gulf fish! Due to the flow of the current through the bridge, the fish are in abundance so the best spot to fish is on the bridge.  Keep in mind it can get crowded and, with minimal parking spots up for grabs, the early bird truly does catch the worm. If you don’t manage to secure your spot on the bridge, there is ample room for surf fishing and space to cast off from the rocks. Kayak fishing is also an option so with all these options available, nothing should stand in the way of you and your ultimate catch!

beach sunset, blind pass bech

Do I need a fishing license?

A Saltwater Fishing License is required to saltwater fish from shore or from a boat.

Florida residents click here for more information.

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How do I get a fishing license?

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Which Restaurants Are Close To Blind Pass Beach?

Lazy Flamingo Restaurant

Lazy Flamingo 2
1036 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL 33957

Down-home sports pub and an island favorite offering beer-steamed seafood, a raw bar & ice-cold brews! You must try the garlic bread!

Guide to Sanibel Restaurants
Guide to Captiva Restaurants
Guide To Waterfront Dining

Sunset Grill Restaurant

Sunset Grill
6536 Pine Ave, Sanibel, FL 33957
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An intimate cottage atmosphere with great views of the sunset, serving upscale seafood-focused American fare. The Sunset Grill is open breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Guide to Sanibel Restaurants
Guide to Captiva Restaurants
Guide To Waterfront Dining

Where To Stay at Blind Pass Beach?

aerial view of lands end South sea

South Sea’s Island Resort
5400 Plantation Rd, Captiva, FL 33924
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Occupying nearly half of Captiva island, this resort offers many different accommodation options.

Guide To Captiva Resorts
Guide To Waterfront Accommodation

Sign Tween waters

‘Tween Waters Resort & Spa
15951 Captiva Dr, Captive, FL 33924
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Old-Florida style resort with many amenities in bay to beach location. Offers boat dockage at a small marina.

Guide To Captiva Resorts
Guide To Waterfront Accommodation

Captiva Island Inn Main House

Captiva Island Inn
11508 Andy Rosse Lane, Captiva, FL 33924
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Sixteen unique 1 and 2-bedroom cottages and suites right in the heart of Captiva Village. Daily free breakfast.

Guide To Captiva Resorts
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jensen's marina

Jensen’s Twin Palms Cottages & Marina Resort
15107 Captiva Dr, Captiva, FL 33924
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Old-Florida cottages, great for fishing enthusiasts with full marina services and boat accommodation for guests.

Guide To Captiva Resorts
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