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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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Upstate NY
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

We got some great shells here with great, unobstructed views of open sea. Parking was super-easy...but we went there early in the day, after breakfast. When we left around 3 pm, it was a mad-house. One guy actually offered to pay me for my spot when I was just getting something out of my car. So get there early or... More

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Sanibel Island, Florida
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

what more can you say. located on SanCap road right about the curve that opens up to the West for amazing pictures at sunset. the water can be murky depending on the time of year and weather conditions. this is a barrier island and the location of Bowmans beach is such that a lot of things can get stirred up.... More

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Joplin, Missouri
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

You have to pay to park, so have to watch the time. It's also a walk to get to the beach. But, they have bathrooms and an area to change before you get onto the beach and the walk is very nice.

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Kissimmee
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145 reviews 145 reviews
42 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

This is a nice beach if you want to stay on the sand. However, the water is brown and murky. I went last year around the same time and the water was brown then as well. There are creatures such a sting rays (hence, the sting ray shuffle) that you cannot see when in the water. I cut my hand... More

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Sanibel Island, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

Best beach to watch the sunset from! It is great for shelling too if that interests you! It is located on the road between Sanibel and captiva

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Social Circle, Georgia, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

Nice public beach to visit and to look for shells. We got there early before 8 am and had the beach almost to ourselves. stayed about 2 hours. Accepts credit cards to pay for parking tickets. Very easy and lots of parking.

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Largo, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

if you don't mind walking a ways down the beach, shelling is great...recommend calling the chamber of commerce first to make sure there isn't a red tide in the area in the summer/fall

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Orlando
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

beware long walk from parking lot for anyone with disibilities, go at lowtide for the best shelling on the island, make sure you bring the sunscreen !

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Longview, Texas
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

This is a love, quiet beach frequented early in the morning by "shellers" looking for that prize shell. It's also a great place for sunbathing and a picnic. Bring your own umbrella and chairs, food and drinks, although a few tables are available. There is a reasonable parking fee and ample parking as you access the beach itself. Sunsets are... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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60 reviews 60 reviews
27 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

This beach is very pretty to watch the sunset. I got some great pics. However, be prepared to a long haul from the car to the beach at least judged from my condo rental to the beach. I should have stayed at my condo. I'm sure there is more to explore here than I have seen and I will make... More

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