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Bowman's Beach

1700 Bowman's Beach Road, Sanibel Island, FL 33957
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Can't give 5 stars because...

Water is very pretty here and there is lots of beach to choose from. The playground is nice but too... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Fort Myers, Florida
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Great for sunset

One of the best spots on the island for sunset. Parking is $4 per hour, yes a bot stiff ! A busy... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
South Florida, Florida
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  • Very good31%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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1700 Bowman's Beach Road, Sanibel Island, FL 33957
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Water is very pretty here and there is lots of beach to choose from. The playground is nice but too hot to let kids play on. Parking is very expensive at $4 an hour and I received a $50 parking ticket for being 33 min...More

Thank SRose72
Reviewed 3 days ago

One of the best spots on the island for sunset. Parking is $4 per hour, yes a bot stiff ! A busy location but with good services.

Thank SunseekersMN
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Nice Beach for shelling but the parking is difficult and expensive. The shelling was really no better than in front of our cottage a few miles away. If you don't have beach access this is a gem. A live 12-14 inch starfish was a gem...More

1  Thank sarasotagulf
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We have access to a stretch of little used beach because we stay at West End Paradise. The beach is covered in shells at the high and low tide surf lines. There are eagles and osprey and pelicans flying overhead and diving into the water...More

Thank Joshbou
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Nice and clean. Not too crowded! Stayed in Fort Myers Beach but wanted little less crowded beach with blue water. We found it at Bowmans Beach. Perfect!!!

Thank reneerod
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We had heard about this beach and decided to give it a try. Initially we were alarmed about toll and parking charges (6$ toll for the bridge and 4$ per hour parking charge) but quite honestly once you get on to the beach it is...More

1  Thank MarkKLM
Reviewed 5 days ago

I love this beach. But it is a long walk from the parking lot to the beach,especially if you are carrying beach umbrellas, chairs and what nots.

1  Thank Eileen123751
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This beach is pretty special. It's so nice for natural beauty to be center stage here with no high rises, cabana rentals, or tiki bars in sight. It's worth the drive, the bridge toll, the parking fee, and the hike to enjoy the abundant shells,...More

Thank Bloomfieldgirl
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were very happy with our shelling on Bowman's. Even in this day of over collecting, we were able to find some very nice pieces (as in, we VERY discerning in what we took).

Thank bonnyusa
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went with locals and had no trouble gathering as many shells as we wanted in knee high water. It took less than 30 min. and we would have stayed longer but we needed to get back to New Port Richey.

Thank Gary C
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Hi Guys, I'm visiting Sanibel end May for 1 week with husband and my 13 year old twins. Last week I went into melt down mode after reading really really bad reviews on no see-um bites! I almost cancelled the week! I would really appreciate some positive sound advice, I understand deet products and sun tan lotion don't work together, dusk and dawn try to avoid, if there is a breeze it keeps them away although I would still go out prepared! No risks for me!! I'm confused over what repellent to use, what after bite cream/oral medicine to use and if it's safe for me to sunbath on the beach?! My head is a fuzz! Please help. As much info as possible would be so appreciated. Thanks guys
April 22, 2017|
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Response from | Reviewed this property |
We were just there and no see-ums. It was windy but beautiful warm sunny day. Early morning, late afternoon is when they seem to be around but we had NO problem at all. Don't let this be a trip disruption. Any bug spray... More
Hi, I'm concerned about the no see-iums biting me when sunbathing on the beach, how likely is this during the hours of 10-3? So many bad reviews on them, I don't want it to ruin my holiday. Recommendations please??
April 21, 2017|
Response from Joseph L | Reviewed this property |
The pests are not a problem on breezy, windy, or cool days. Bad news: weather is usually very calm here in the morning, but.... Good news: calm waters in the morning are perfect for paddle boarding or using floats on the... More
Joseph L
Are dogs allowed on the beach?
April 17, 2017|
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Response from Joseph L | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Dogs are allowed on Sanibel beaches, but, they must always be on leash and under the control of the owner.