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Address: Sanibel Island, FL

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Very average beach, there are far better around.

I hadn't been to this beach in 15 years so I biked over from Fort Myers Beach, some 37 miles return. Let's just say I should have stayed at Fort Myers Beach. The beach is... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
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New Brunswick, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

I hadn't been to this beach in 15 years so I biked over from Fort Myers Beach, some 37 miles return. Let's just say I should have stayed at Fort Myers Beach. The beach is located almost to Captiva and is a quiet beach relative to others. It's not well taken care of. The amenities are limited to a vending... More 

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Salt Springs, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

The fee is $3.00/hour with a $50.00 fine if you go over. The walk carrying all your beach equiptment (chairs, lunch,etc) is very long and we saw numerous people gasping for air and resting along the trip. We were told to go there to get lots of shells. Big joke, more people than shells. Very crowded and beach is nothing... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Clean facilities with outside showers. There was a nice children's playground too! The beach was crowded, but clean and full of great shells that Sanibel is knowm for.

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Dunlap, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Bowman's is a very nice stretch of beach, but is really no better or worse than most of the beach along the gulf side of the island. It's all pretty great, with shelling quite good along most of it. Others have lamented the issue of traffic on Sanibel. It is indeed an issue but one that, other than closing the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Beautiful beach that was U crowded the day we were there. Of course it was overcast and cool, but we still enjoyed walking the beach and picking up beautiful sea shells as they washed ashore.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

We came to the island very early in the morning on a Wednesday (8am). It was a long drive from AMI but well worth the trip. There were only a few people on the huge stretch of beach and it was overcast and chilly which in my opinion was the best day for shelling since no one else was really... More 

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New York
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 via mobile

The traffic is a nightmare! You will inch along for a good hour in bumper to bumper traffic to get to this beach. Better luck trying one of the beaches on the causeway. Truly, Sanibel needs a sign saying "Island Full---no more cars allowed!"

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Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Ample parking and bathroom facilities. Beach is somewhat secluded and a great place to walk. Many shaded picnic tables which provide a great place to hold a picnic lunch.

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Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

The beach is terrific for shell collecting!!! Don't miss a chance to collect shells in the morning. Get on the island early if you are staying in Fort Meyers.

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Oviedo, Florida, Usa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

It is quite pricey to travel to the beach (tolls), but loads and loads of shells! The nickname the "Sanibel stoop" comes from everyone bending to pick up shells!

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