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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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colorado
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103 reviews 103 reviews
25 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 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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19 reviews 19 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
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

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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Bettendorf, Iowa
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42 reviews 42 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Very nice white sandy beach. Prime example why people travel from the mainland to Sanibel for the beaches. If you can, bike because parking is limited and crowded.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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69 reviews 69 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

We visited Bowman's Beach on a Friday. Quite a few people here but by walking down from the access trail, there was plenty of room to enjoy the beach. I imagine it is much more crowded on a weekend. Sand was good, plenty of shells for the collectors, water a little murky. Parking was pay parking, but at a reasonable... More

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40 attraction reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

Nice beach w showers and bathroom, tucked behind mangroves Unfortunately, very packed, no parking available and handing out citations for side parking ...boooohh

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Aiken, South Carolina
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7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW

Pretty beach, light sand and water. I wanted to do shelling, and there were not a lot of shells the day we visited, so after paying $4 to park and making a considerable walk to the beach, we turned around and left due to lack of shells. Seemed very nice though, with bath/changing facilities and picnic area.

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Florida City, Florida
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Beautiful beach..... it is a loooonnnnggggg walk carrying all your stuff from the parking lot. We went on a Sunday morning but didn't stay long... about an hour after we got there it started filling up and it was PACKED with people, it WAS spring break so I don't know how crowded they are on a regular Sunday. We were... More

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Wisconsin
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Our family of six spent a full day shelling, catching sun and waves, and relaxing. It is a wonderful beach for all of those things and definitely worth seeing!

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