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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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Lake Mary, Florida, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

This beach is very clean. You have nice amenities like showers, dressing rooms, activities for kids. It is the best for shelling.

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Bonita Springs, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

One of my favorite places in Florida is Sanibel and Captiva Islands! This was my first visit to Bowman's Beach and it definitely will not be my last. Parking at Lee County beaches is $2.00 a hour and well worth it. Bowman's Beach parking lot to the beach is a bit of a walk. It wouldn't be too bad if... More

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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We decided to go to bowmans beach because I read in the reviews that we could see the sunset from there. After paying $2 to park for one hour, we walked over to it. There's a pretty cool bridge over a canal where we saw a few gators. The clouds ended up blocking the sunset, but I did get some... More

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Smithtown, New York
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We rented a cottage on Jamaica Dr. (Down the street from Bowmans with much less crowds).. First off, it had a lovely breeze which Bowman's was definetly lacking! A TON of amazing shells untouched by the crowds of tourists and no parking fees. Although the beachers are the same Bowman's location really lacks a much needed breeze on a hot... More

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McKinney, Texas
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

All of the beaches here cost $2.00 an hour. This one is a little longer walk to the beach from the parking lot. It has shower, restrooms and changing areas right there. Shallow water was very short before dropping off to a deeper depth. Don't know how deep as we did not wear our bathing suits so were just wading.... More

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Hatfield, Pennsylvania
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Great facilities for a "public beach" only pay inexpensive parking. Great for sunsets if you can't make it to the Mucky Duck on Captiva.

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Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Like many others have said this beach is great for shelling. My wife wanted to come to sanibel island for the shells and this was the best we found.

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Basel, Switzerland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

More people than at the hotel beach, but no deck chairs. Expensive parking. Stronger waves than close to the lighthouse. Interesting to sea the turtles nesting areas. Beach not as flat as closer to the lighthouse.

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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

My husband and I were here for a week and we hit every beach at low tide. Bowman's was our most productive beach as far as variety and quantity goes. We went to it again and again.

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Orlando, Florida
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This was a nice beach.. Bring your snorkel mask.... some shells make it to the shore line a lot MORE shells are in the water just behind the wave crash line. The beach was very clean. Saw a lot of turtle nests marked. There are showers, changing rooms, playground, fitness trails, picnic tables, restrooms and other such areas. They do... More

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