The tides, the seasons and the graceful surf continue to bring in unbroken colorful shells to Blind Pass on Sanibel Island. Blind Pass is one of the best shelling spots in Florida. Considered a landmark destination, the little waterway called Blind Pass separates two of southwest Florida’s most beloved barrier islands, Sanibel Island and Captiva Island. Shelling and swimming at the sandy shore are favorite pastimes for tourists and residents alike. Sunsets are spectacular as Turner Beach faces west.
After a big storm, Turner Beach, the beach adjoining the Pass, is covered with a multitude of beautiful shells from Olives to Fighting Whelks to the more common Conch shell. In addition to shelling, fishing at a small rocky pier or under the Bridge is a popular activity at Blind Pass. Fishing is legendary as visitors see sharks in the summer, tailing redfish on the bayside flats and snook under and off the Blind Pass Bridge. As you drive over the Blind Pass Bridge, you can also view a long and prominent sandbar.
At one time, Blind Pass was a naturally occurring channel of water that separated the two islands and connected the Wulfert and Roosevelt Channels to the Gulf. Storms and shifting sands have over time filled in this waterway. To rectify the blockage, Blind Pass has been recently dredged to open the channel and help re-nourish the Blind Pass area. A pipe is was installed to move 40,000 cubic yards of sand from inside the pass. The sand was used to re-nourish beach areas south of Blind Pass. Dredging ensures a nice wide beach for visitors to enjoy. It helps with wildlife also and gives them a healthy environment. Hurricane storms Isaac and Sandy eroded some of the sand and washed it away, but the natural beauty of the beaches has been restored and Blind Pass continues to be a hidden treasure.