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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 older children, Activities for young children
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San Diego
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

I have wanted to visit Sanibel Island for so long since I first heard about the wonderful shelling. I was not disappointed as the beaches are literally covered with shells. The majority of shells are small and many large ones are broken, but that is what makes it so fun when you actually find a perfect specimen! I went in... More

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Haverhill, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Very quiet beach and great views. Bit of a walk from the car park but lovely views over the bridge. Worth a visit,make sure you have change for the car park.

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Hamilton, Canada
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50 reviews 50 reviews
23 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

I see lots of complaints on here about the distance from the parking lot to the beach. I'm guessing these same people are the usuals who complain about everything. Not a long walk at all and well worth it! Tons of shells, clean washrooms and outdoor showers. Rent a bike in town and ride here right up to the beach... More

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Fort Myers, FL
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22 reviews 22 reviews
19 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Parking is $2 per hour just like every other beach on Sanibel and Fort Myers. It is a bit of a walk from the parking area to the beach, but it is worth it. The beach is beautiful. There were 3 sea turtle nests along the planted areas of the beach.

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Sanibel Island, Florida
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

A large parking area, walking trails, bathrooms, rinse stations and always enough space to find your own little piece of sandy paradise.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

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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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

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
23 helpful votes 23 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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