Southwest Florida Helpful Visitor Information
Blind Pass, Sanibel Island Florida
Blind Pass is one of the best kept secrets in Southwest Florida, a rare jewel that is open to anyone lucky enough to live or be visiting near the barrier reef islands of Captiva and Sanibel. Until recently, Blind Pass was a naturally occurring channel of water that separated the two islands. Because it connects the bay with the gulf, Blind Pass is one of the best shelling spots in Florida. Its waters yield seashells that inhabit both the bay and gulf in one consolidated location. After a fierce storm, Turner Beach, the beach adjoining the Pass, is frequently covered with a bounty of shells from Olives to Fighting Whelks to the more common Conchs. The fishing is also renowned with sharks in the summer, tailing redfish on the bayside flats and snook under and off the Blind Pass bridge. Because Turner Beach faces Westward, the sunsets are spectacular and a popular viewing point for residents and visitors alike.
For many first-time visitors, the experience of driving over the Blind Pass bridge from Sanibel to Captiva is like driving from one fantasy to another. The first Blind Pass bridge was built in 1918. Before then a county ferry crossed the pass in 1911. Today, a new modern bridge built in the 1980s, spans the narrow pass. Parking lots on both sides of the bridge facilitate casual outings, including fishing and picnics...read more »
Located in central Naples off Airport Road, the Naples Airport Authority provides facilities for daily domestic service to millions of passengers each year. For more information call the airport at 239-643-0733.
Recently expanded, Southwest Florida International Airport, located off I-75, now offers regular service to Europe and South America. For more information on international service call 239-768-1000.
National bus service to and from the Southwest Florida area is provided by Greyhound Bus Lines, located at 2669 Davis Blvd., Naples, FL 34104. Phone 239-774-5660 for more information on routes and fares.
US 41, also known as Tamiami Trail, is a major north and south thoroughfare in Southwest Florida. Interstate I-75 north and south connects southwest Florida to the East Coast and Gulf Coast cities.
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Southwest Florida 511 Travel Information Service - The SWFL 511 Traveler Information System provides traveler information for the three counties in Southwest Florida. The system receives and processes current traffic data (including construction, lane closures, congestions accidents, weather, etc) and makes information available to the users via the Internet. The website provides a graphical interface to the available traveler information via the Internet. The website synchronizes the current information with the traffic data center to provide the same up-to-date traveler information also accessible over the phone by dialing 511. The website includes capabilities to locate specific traffic event types, localize the display of events to a particular geographic area, view current alerts and emergency messages. It presents traveler information on an interactive, intuitive user-friendly interface.
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