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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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Margate, Florida
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68 reviews 68 reviews
18 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

We decided to visit the beach a week after the spring breakers had been there. It was great. Quiet, peaceful and shell plentiful. Got some good specimens for our collections. Spoke with some of the other part-time residents and they said it was like a zoo with all the kids running around. This is a beautiful place to watch a... More

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Prague, Czech Republic
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

I like a quieter place to relax, this place is full of people. Price for entry is 6 $ and even 2 $ per every hour parking.

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Skanderborg, Denmark
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Parkering $2 per hour, but the beach has toilets and showering facilities. Nice sandy beach with some shelling possibility, which we didn't hunt though. Water was warm and good for both children and grownups.

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Oakville, Canada
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35 reviews 35 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

First of all, there is reasonable ample parking ($) close to the beach. There are changing areas and washrooms which makes it easy to go to. The waves are fun and there is pretty good shelling as well.

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North GA
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28 reviews 28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Find out what those strange snake-like things are that are everywhere on Sanibel beaches. Learn what a Junonia shell is and why finding one is akin to finding a gold nugget. A wonderful and information museum.

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Charleston, West Virginia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

The beach was nice. We went there because we were told there were many shells and much bigger than the ones on the other beaches. We did not find this to be the case. There actually were very few shells here. We went on 2 different days and at 2 different times. While the beach is nice, it's a hefty... More

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colorado
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103 reviews 103 reviews
25 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Ample parking and a bit of a walk to the beach, but nothing daunting. Love the feel and the dunes, but not superb as a shelling beach for some reason…If you want wide white sand, larger waves than the Lighthouse and fewer folks…go for it. It is near to the Ding Darling exit which means a trip up Periwinkle and... More

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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

If you are staying at Sanibel Island or on a day visit, this beach is no different from any other sandy beach on Sanibel Island.

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Lympstone
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41 reviews 41 reviews
9 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW via mobile

We thought we would try Bowman's Beach on Saturday, being weekend it seemed busy. You had to wait for a parking spot at $2 an hour. There were parking enforcement officers so make sure you don't overstay. There is a boardwalk to the beach with toilets, showers and changing area. The water was a little cloudy but calm for swimming.... More

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Hanover
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Once you get a parking spot, this is a very nice beach. There are washrooms which helps with the little kids as well as a play area for a break from the water. Lots of shells to look for while on the beach. Major complaint though is the severe lack of parking. Small parking lot and no one running it,... More

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