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Bowman's Beach

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Address: 1700 Bowman's Beach Road, Sanibel Island, FL 33957
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239-472-6397
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Beautiful beach with plenty of shells

We visited Bowmans beach and had a wonderful experience. Parking was plentiful and there was a short walk to the beach from the parking area. Bathrooms were clean and grounds... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Kathy H
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Portland, Maine
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Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We visited Bowmans beach and had a wonderful experience. Parking was plentiful and there was a short walk to the beach from the parking area. Bathrooms were clean and grounds were maintained. There are showers for rinsing off the sand and water filling stations. This is a shell collectors paradise!

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Creston, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

First you have to pay to get on the island - $6. Then it's ridiculous to have to pay $4 an hour to go to the beach. I didn't find the shelling all that great and I went at low tide a couple of times. Go to a Collier County beach instead. Sanibel traffic is always a nightmare.

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Peoria, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

What an amazing beach! There are changing areas and bathrooms before getting to the beaches. It is quiet and just magnificent!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Our 1st trip to sanibel and it was a freat start at Bowmans. Long stretches of sand, easily accesible from the parking lot..we have a handicap sticker and didnt have to pay the pricey parking fee Nice. The water was warm. Needed pointers on finding those shells though.

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Springfield, Vermont
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We have a small family with both pre-school and middle school children and had a fantastic time! The parking, access to outdoor showers, and beach access all made for an enjoyable adventure! We timed our trip to coincide with absolute low-tide and had plenty of beach and shells to keep us busy for hours!! Kids and parents alike had a... More 

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Simsbury, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice beach. Lots of pretty shells. Very clean beach. Enjoyed my time there . Loved watching water. Would definately go there again.

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Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This beach is just a nice place to chill and read a book. The water was crystal clear but the beach itself could use some beach nourishment. The area to sit and relax appears to have lost some of its beach since it becomes narrow in spots at high tide.

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Thank luv2bgone_2
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We visited a beach near Bowmans. Shelling as advertized was better than any we've been to. Shops search and get best shell before sunrise, but we found many we've never seen.

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Thank Tim S
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is the best shelling on the island. Parking is not always easy but it's worth it, worth having someone drop off/pick up.

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Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited Bowman's Beach before I needed to fly home from Ft. Myer's airport. Be warned that parking costs $4 an hour unless you have a handicap permit (then it is free). The walk from the parking lot to the beach is a bit of a hike. There are changing rooms and restrooms which is very nice. The walk to... More 

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