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Bowman's Beach

Address: Sanibel Island, FL
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Ranked #12 of 37 Activities in Sanibel Island
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Davenport, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 NEW

We traveled here to check out shelling. You have to pay for parking and then walk a really long way to the actual beach. No shells. The beach where we stayed was much better not to mention more quiet and less crowded.

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Connecticut
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80 reviews 80 reviews
17 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

Nice quick visit with self pay machines for parking fee. Clean bathrooms, change area and foot washing. Found some nice shells during our short visit. Would return happily.

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Chicago
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

This is a beautiful beach. I don’t know how crowded it normally is, but my family and I visited on a windy, overcast day and it was not very crowded at all. You have to walk a bit to get to the beach from the parking lot – across a river, through some trees – so it is quiet and... More 

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Darnestown
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131 reviews 131 reviews
44 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

From about 20 minutes before sunset to 20 minutes afterward, one can see a beautiful sky, IF there is going to be a beautiful sky that night! Well built and well kept, this beach park has convenient restroom facilities as well as a beautiful hike just inland from the shore that goes for some distance. Easy parking ($3.00/hour) makes it... More 

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Lake Ozark, Missouri
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

This is another nice beach just outside of Sanibel. It's a little walk to get to the beach. There are nice bathrooms and places where you can spray off your feet. Usually not hard to find a parking spot.

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WHEATON
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58 reviews 58 reviews
25 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

This beach has the best parking on Sanibel. Large lot (fee of course which is patrolled faithfully) about a block walk to the beach through the sand and boardwalk. Nice bathrooms, separate changing rooms in another building, playground for the kids, picnic tables, bike rack, and a long, wide gorgeous beach that could never be crowded. Vending machine sells drinks.... More 

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East Hartford, Connecticut
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35 reviews 35 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

We have been coming to Sanibel for over 25 years and almost exclusively we have stayed near Bowman's -so we can walk to the beach without having to pay for parking. The shelling is awesome and apart from the area near the county entrance the beach is not very crowded. We always see dolphins and other wildlife. The sunsets are... More 

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Front Royal, Virginia
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6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Beautiful location walk to the beach has a dressing room area and playground for the children. The beach is nice but bring everything you need. Nothing is available there.

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Elk Rapids, Michigan
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Had a great time shelling. We actually went on two seperate days, the second early to avoid the crowds. Parking is $3 an hrcash or charge. There is a machine that dispenses a ticket to display on your dash. Minimum is one hr with half hr increments there after. We enjoyed shelling but the beach gets very busy by 11... More 

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Minnesota
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

If you want to search for shells this is the place to be. This beach is beautiful! We got there mid-morning. Like most places you need to pay for parking and this place was $3 per hour. They have nice rest rooms, a changing area and a shower rinse off which is nice. The parking is a tiny jaunt to... More 

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