For some of the region’s best shelling and fishing, make time for a visit to one of Southwest Florida’s best kept secrets. Blind Pass cuts between Captiva and Sanibel islands, and offers an ideal spot for beachgoers, including those simply interested in taking in some fantastic views of the area.
Blind Pass is such a great spot for shelling, in particular, because it takes in shells from the Gulf and the Bay. The location is also farther away than other beaches from many of the area’s hotels and condos. This makes Blind Pass a more favorable spot for finding rare shells, especially when you don’t have to fight as many other visitors in search of the very same thing.
Most of the shells that end up at Blind Pass tend to settle on the Sanibel side, while the Captiva side is mostly large rocks. During low tide it’s sometimes possible to wade out to a sandbar but be sure to watch out for strong currents and unstable sand along the way.
There aren’t any lifeguards on duty at Blind Pass, but there are signs warning off swimming. Despite this, Blind Pass remains a popular spot for fishing. You’ll often find tailing redfish, snook and even sharks swimming in the area.
Lady fish and Spanish mackerel tend to be more commonly found a little farther from the bridge. If you do plan to fish at Blind Pass, remember you’ll need to bring along a valid fishing license.
Blind Pass Beach offers no restrooms on the Sanibel side and limited facilities on the Captiva side. As the beach sits on both sides of Blind Pass Bridge, parking is also available on both sides.
For added convenience for visitors, the narrow beach is also close to a small store and close to some dining options.