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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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2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Parking seemed expensive and it's a hike to get to the beach, especially if you're loaded down with lawn chairs. Pretty natural beach.

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Portland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

Loved the beach here. Didn't find any rare shells on this trip, but it was worth the trip anyway! What I didn't like were the public bathrooms, They were small and limited. Loved the outdoor showers for bodies and feet though. It was a long walk from the parking lot to the beach, but that was a necessity though. I... More

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Bushnell, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

Didn't mind paying for parking, if the shelling was good, then it will be worth it.....wrong! The walk to the beach from the parking lot was more like a hike when you're lugging your cooler, towels, etc with you. Then once we made it to the beach more people then expected and less shells! I heard how great this beach... More

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Columbus, Georgia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

Sanibel in general is good for shelling but Bowman's Beach is the best area to shell. If you go late in the evening you can go on the sand bars and shell to your hearts content.

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Lafayette, Colorado
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We thought we could find some nice shells, but the beach was full of broken shells -kids were disappointed. The beach had a bit of surf and was less nice for our young kids (2 and 4 yrs old). The beach is a walk from the parking lot, and the parking costs $2 or 3 per hour! While walking to/from... More

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Beverly Hills, Florida
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49 reviews 49 reviews
10 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Fantastic beach! Great for shelling, great for the family....A hike to the beach, so be prepared to walk with your "stuff"....Free parking for handicapped, otherwise $2.00 an hour....dressing area, bathrooms, showers, vending machine for drinks available....

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U.S. expats
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24 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We rode bikes to the beach from our accommodations, so we didn't have to pay for parking. The beach was very crowded, and the shelling, for that reason, was worse than the private beach we had access to near our hotel. We stayed for about an hour--mostly in the water--and then decided to go back to our own beach. They've... More

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Powell, Tennessee
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

This is a public beach, there is parking for $2.00 per hour, and worth every cent! I have never seen a beach quite as beautiful. When approaching the beach, you feel like you are walking into a postcard.

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Mansfield, Ohio
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We stopped for just a day trip at Sanibel Island and went to Bowman's Beach. Plenty of parking which is paid parking, but not too pricy. The beach was a little hike from the parking lot, but worth it. Nice playground for kids and outdoor showers were a nice touch. White sand beach, warm gulf water, and tons of shells.

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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Bowman's is awesome - picturesque, quiet, a bit isolated, in all the right ways. Great for shelling as well. Come at sunset and you won't be disappointed. I love this beach!

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