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Bowman's Beach

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Address: Sanibel Island, FL
Phone Number: 2394726397
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Beautiful Beach

We brought our children here and we all loved it. The water was more clear than at Ft. Myers Beach and there were LOTS of shells! There are some other beaches on Sanibel island... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We brought our children here and we all loved it. The water was more clear than at Ft. Myers Beach and there were LOTS of shells! There are some other beaches on Sanibel island but we loved this one because there are restrooms, showers, and a playground for the kiddos. We came around 10am and it was easy to find... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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269 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was a nice beach, but there are much prettier beaches in Florida and a lot easier to get to see. The island has so many trees and greenery. I have heard about Sanibel Island for years and was rather disappointed. :(

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Cleveland, Ohio
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60 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I am ok with paying for parking as long as the beach and the restrooms are taking care of. I didn't use the bathroom but everyone else here seems to think that they are clean. The beach was clean, but WAAAAAAAY to busy. I was there in May and there were hundreds of people. We walked the hike in the... More 

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Thank Borec77
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great beach however they charge more than they should for parking. It was a long walk from the car to the beach, so be prepared to "walk a distance ". Clean bathrooms and showers for the end of your day.

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Thank Krista S
Nashville, Tennessee
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My wife and I stayed in a villa a bit east of Bowman's but we both walked up and down the beach so kmow it well. I will not comment on the facilities or parking as we parked at our cottage. As far as the beach it is nice and those who said there are no unique shells I'm not... More 

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Thank stmcgarret
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If all Sanibel its a 9 for shelling< Bowman's Beach its a 10!!!! There's parking for an affordable fee. Really beautiful place you will treasure and remember for life. There's a tapestry of shells under your feet!

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Thank ANA H
Winter Park, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

After driving around for an hour trying to find a beach with parking we came across this one. The only spot available was at the entrance to the parking lot and the walk to the beach seemed endless. Once we arrived on the actual beach we realized just how many people had the same idea. It was loaded with guests.... More 

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Collinsville, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a great time the 2 different days at Bowman. One afternoon we parked and walked in and on another day we rented kayaks that launched them from there. The kayaking was a hot mess at first but once we made our way through the backwater to the ocean it was awesome. Along the backwater there were a lot of... More 

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Altoona, Florida
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25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The beach was beautiful, but we didn't have much luck with finding unique shells like we thought we would. Definitely recommend wearing shoes while looking, and a net to get shells in the water. Be prepared to pay $4 an hour for parking & walk a ways to the beach. Arrive early to find parking.

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Thank Jillian M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We loved this beach so much the first day that we went back for a second day. Can easily spend 4 hours here. In fact time seemed to fly by. It was really refreshing to be on a beach where there are no buildings within eyesight.

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