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Bowman's Beach

Sanibel Island, FL
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Type: Beaches
Traveler Description: Bowman Beach is the perfect place for sunsets. One of the only truly West facing beaches on Sanibel. There are picnic tables, drink machines... more »
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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Rickmansworth, United Kingdom
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89 reviews 89 reviews
63 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

A 3 a bit a mean as it not average but 4 being very good not correct either. I didn't go to this beach 1st based on the review of the walk from car to beach, I went to blind pass beach but after 15 mins left see my other review. this is a bit miss leading it is only... More

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

My husband and I went to Sanibel Island last weekend and stayed Saturday-Monday. It's a quick 2.5 hour drive from Fort Lauderdale and we hear so many great things about the island so we decided to check it out. I have to say that the island itself was very beautiful and quaint, however the beach was terrible. The water was... More

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

GREAT BEACH... other reviews are current it is a little bit of a hike (10 mins based on how much stuff you have to bring to the beach) to the actual beach from the parking area, but if you like the outdoors its a nice walk. There is a boardwalk you pass and you get to see all sorts of... More

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Blakeslee
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

My daughter and I spent a few hours here during our brief visit to Sanibel. The beach was very clean and we spent a good amount of time digging through the shells. We did not find any large ones, but there were many beautiful small shells. The outdoor showers and restrooms were good to have around. There were also tables... More

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Barefoot Bay, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Bowman's Beach is reputed to be a shelling paradise; but watch the weather. No storms! No new shells!

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Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
30 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

The beach was nice but not any nicer than others we have visited on the Gulf. The price to go over the bridge,$6 plus the $2 per hour to park was steep considering the plainness of the beach and amenities. I would have appreciated private showering area much more than outside showering. The walk is fairly long from the parking... More

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Woerden, The Netherlands
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102 reviews 102 reviews
34 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Went here with my wife and four young kids on a shelling trip to Sanibel island. After a carefully studying many websites we were advised to visit Bowman's Beach and hour before and after low tide for the specific wind direction that day in order to find as many shells as possible. Based on the great stories and great finds... More

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Bratislava, Slovakia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Went to the Sanibel for a day trip hoping that what we found to be called a world shell capital would find some nice shells. Got up early, but did not find any special shells at all. The beach is nice with many small fishes, fine beach and all facilities (showers, restrooms, playground area).

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Bangalore, India
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34 reviews 34 reviews
30 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Its a nice public beach with good amenities. Shallow water makes people enjoy more and there are different sea shells scattered everywhere gives good feeling to walk on beach. best is to see sun set from the beach. family can have nice picking time with eating, relaxin or playing around the beach

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Naples, Florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

While this is a nice beach and facilities are good -access to the beach -- long walk. If staying in hotel or resort on this side of island no need to visit this beach.

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