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Bowman's Beach

Address: Sanibel Island, FL
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Type: Beaches, Outdoors
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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Type: Beaches, Outdoors
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children

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Atlanta, Georgia
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53 reviews 53 reviews
9 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

We returned to Sanibel Island and Bowman's Beach this year for Thanksgiving. Bowman's was gorgeous, the weather was phenomenal...all-in-all a complete pleasure. The only negative was that Bowman's was great for shelling last year...this year not so much. Still, well worth it! Bathrooms were clean. If you drive there is an hourly parking fee.

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Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
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67 reviews 67 reviews
24 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

We spent 2 hours enjoying the rolling surf and shell hunting. Pay $3/hour for parking but it's worth it for the washing stations, bathrooms and tons of shells. Take some bags to keep the treasures. Take a change of clothes/shoes as the fine 'sand' (crushed shells) sticks to damp clothes. We walked north down the beach and left our shoes... More 

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Croydon, Pennsylvania
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66 reviews 66 reviews
15 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Beautiful Beach and a fantastic view a bit of a walk but well worth it I cant wait to visit again this time I will get more shells

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Omaha, Nebraska
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955 reviews 955 reviews
762 attraction reviews
222 helpful votes 222 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This is a wonderful beach that is a lot of fun to walk on in the morning. If you keep a sharp eye out you will find a lot is shells that washed up last night have a lot of fun.

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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49 reviews 49 reviews
12 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Very well maintained beautiful beach. There is a play area and nice restrooms. The only drawback is the $3 per hour parking fee. An hour is not near enough time to go shelling or any other activity. Most of the literature says $2 but it has gone up to $3.

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Odessa, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Bowman's beach is by far the best beach to watch the sunset on Sanibel Island. The parking is always available, beautiful sand and plenty of shells. I would recommend getting thete about 20 minutes before sunset.

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Rockford, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Great beach, one of the very best on the island! Large parking lot, vending machines, flush toilets are all available. Parking is $3 hour. From the parking lot it is a 3 minute walk to the beach. Great shelling! (if you go at low tide).

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Oro Valley, Arizona
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

The beauty of Bowmans Beach is beyond words. Shelling is ok but the beach is for walking and enjoying the moment.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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81 reviews 81 reviews
15 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

I love Bowman's Beach - soft white sand - always clean and easy to walk on. The beach is relatively narrow but allows for a lot of visitors and guests. There must have been a recent storm - as there was a lot of larger shells, coral and sea sponges up quite far on the beach. I like this beach... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Went here to watch a sunset, which was spectacular. Large parking lot, clean restrooms, outdoor showers, lots of parking (must pay like everywhere), walk to beach is maybe 5 minutes but well worth it, great shelling too, away from a lot of resorts so seemed like a lot less people. Well worth the visit.

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