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Bowman's Beach

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Address: Sanibel Island, FL
Phone Number: 2394726397
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Bowman's Beach

Beautiful, clean, and uncrowded beaches. The facilities are clean and parking is convenient. There are bathrooms, showers, and changing stations midway between the beach and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Owasso, Oklahoma
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South Jordan, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Plus: it's a beach, found a few cool shells. Minus: crowded beach, long walk down the beach to find elbow room, very rough (shelly) sand in the water, a bit of a drop immediately in the water, expensive parking. We didn't mind the walk from the parking lot to the actual beach. If you go, arrive early so that you... More 

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Owasso, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Beautiful, clean, and uncrowded beaches. The facilities are clean and parking is convenient. There are bathrooms, showers, and changing stations midway between the beach and parking. There is a soda machine located near the bathrooms, but no food/vending. Bring a picnic, but be sure to clean up after yourselves. There are trash and recycle bins located near the soda machine.... More 

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Grand Rapids, MI
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

And you can bring the dog. Lovely shells, crystal water. Restrooms and showers with multiple sunset opportunities. One of my favorite beaches.

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Longmont, Colorado, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

First we drove down Sanibel Island to Captiva. We hung out on the last beach on Captiva. Not many shells there. The drive down was beautiful and covered in foliage. It costs $6 to go on Sanibel/Captiva. The next day we rented a boat in Ft Myers and rode to Sanibel. We stopped at various beaches along the way and... More 

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Thank cles32
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visit here 3 hrs. the first day. Came back for 5 hrs. the next day. This place is a MUST STOP. It does have hourly parking, but it is worth it. Very nice stroll from parking to the beach. They have outdoor showers, changing rooms, picnic areas. And shells, shells, and more shells. Kinda crowded 1/4 mile a round... More 

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Saint Simons Island, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great beach glad it was off-season but the parking is $4 an hour Tide was in so the shells were underwater but great showers etc so that's why it is $4 to park

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Pelham Manor, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Love the changing stations. It's a long walk to the beach. Two hours minimum is suggested if you just want to check out the beach. Good for shelling as well. Often times when crossing the bridge you might come across some manatees.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Quite a hike from the parking lot, but on the way it has restrooms, changing rooms, outdoor showers, and picnic areas.

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Thank Elaine C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This is a beautiful beach. We went snorkeling. The water was clear for a long way from shore. It was not crowded. We love it. We will visit again.

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Thank Sandi B
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a great natural beachfront with tons of shells. I specifically sought out Bowman's beach given recommendations for shelling. It was a perfect choice and I spent over an hour wading through thousands of shells big and small. I could have taken longer but my schedule didn't permit. I highly recommend this beach for shelling but also for a secluded... More 

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