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Address: Sanibel Island, FL

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I visit this beach when I travel to Sanibel. It's a decent beach, with a nice park and decent public facilities. The walk from the parking lot to the actual beach is pretty far... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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West Palm Beach, Florida
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West Palm Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

I visit this beach when I travel to Sanibel. It's a decent beach, with a nice park and decent public facilities. The walk from the parking lot to the actual beach is pretty far, so prepare yourself. Also the parking is very expensive. It's like $3 an hour. So be prepared for that as well. Other than that it's a... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Another great beach on Sanibel Island. Parking is again $3 per hour. Lots of trees, restrooms. shelling is great. We always make a point to spend time here as every beach on Sanibel has a slightly different selection of shells. We spoke with a permanent resident of the Bowman Beach apts. and he says that alligators are common in the... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Bowman's Beach is beautiful. you can pick up amazing shells. don't take the live ones! it's great for jogging and bird watching and is very safe to swim. every season is different. sometimes smooth sand and sometimes solid shells. there is a public parking area, and the beach goes for miles, and is uncrowded. if you stay at Blind Pass,... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Personally was not impressed beach is narrow so packs out quickly however sand quality better vs another beach we visited on Sanibel.

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Miami Gardens, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

The water lately has been horrible I don't even swim in it , I walked to the right of the beach where there seems to be more shells , got lots but couldn't see much good ones , I did get a sand dollar tho 😜

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Tadley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Go just before sunset - take quarters for parking - and just sit and let it wash over you. Amazing. The view from the creek is me quality as good as that from the beach.

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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

This is a very pleasant beach and usually not many people. It is a bit of a walk to get from the parking lot to the beach but well worth it. Along the way you will see plenty of birds in the water along the trail. Be sure that you pay for parking.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Two parking lots with a $3 per hour rate. Bathrooms, grills and playground too. A short walk across the bayou bridge to Bowman's Beach. This is a popular spot and gets crowded during the day and at sunset too.

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Fort walton Beach, FL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

This is a great beach area with plenty of facilities and parking. It was probably our second favorite beach at Sanibel.

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Portage, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Because I have a handicapped plate we can park right at the entrance to beach, others park across road. Nice boardwalk to beach ( wheel chair ready) Beach is covered with shells, abalone shells are everywhere. Found some cool ones that weren't broken. Please make sure shells are empty of it animal, many still have it inside. Nice place to... More 

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