Bowman's Beach
Bowman's Beach
4.5
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NJItalian
New Jersey163 contributions
Sep 2022
Not the larger fancy shells as expected but depends when you visit. We went early morning and definitely found shells just not unbroken and fancy just basic. Nice and clean. Parking is per hour and lot could fill up quickly in busy season.
Written September 26, 2022
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Adventurer717186
24 contributions
Mar 2020 • Friends
Bowman’s Beach changes from hour to hour . From strong waves and few beach walkers to suddenly beach umbrellas and families and couples covering the sand. We are always surprised how fast the conditions and beach inhabitants change.We can always count on a beautiful sunset though.
Written March 20, 2020
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trav115
West Virginia204 contributions
Sep 2022
Very clear water, clean soft sand. This is just a beautiful beach and a short walk away from parking, showers and bathrooms. It will cost you 5.00 per hour to park here but for what you get in return it's worth it.
Written September 29, 2022
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Tim P
10 contributions
Jan 2021
We will NEVER return here or Sanibel Island for a day trip............parking fees are ridiculous and we received a $150 citation at the end of the day. We planned to return with a large group in March and the city of Sanibel will get no money from us or any family ever again. Why drive visitors away with ridiculous penalties???
Written January 10, 2021
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miles2h0me
Orlando, FL18 contributions
Nov 2021
Its a beautiful beach nice and clean .. Things to WATCH OUT ?????

Parking FEE is very expensive $5.00 per hour if miss one min or so that you will get ticket for $100.00

No one available to pay the Toll Road ..They closed the booth and so you cant pay for the tool FEE which is extra pain ..

Shame quite a few people lost their job due to closing the Toll Booth ...

they could implement better way of paying the toll or the parking Fee so people can park knowing that they wont get ticket of $100.00 if missed the time ..

Pay online system or Ticket at the entrance from the machine then pay on way out will make life much easier and less stressful for everyone ..

By charging hourly rate it does create a worry and rush so then people cant enjoy their stay at the beach!!!

I feel like the way it's planned to create more income so they can ticket as many people as possible this way .. which is very Disappointing ..

i hope this will help brothers and sisters whose is going to visit this beautiful Island .

PS: Dont have the a big expectation to collect many shelves . you will be disappointed not finding many shelves like my family .
Written November 21, 2021
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BeccaB
Winfield, WV18 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
We drove to Bowman’s Beach to escape the red tide in siesta key and so glad we made the drive. Definitely worth it! The water was beautiful and gentle. Great place for kids especially if they love looking for shells. I recommend arriving early since the crowd grew the later it got. Even though the parking lot looked full when we left the beach is large and it didn’t feel crowded. Parking is $5 dollars and hour and you pay when you go in. I also recommend bringing water and snacks as well as a wagon to pull your things to the beach. There is a 1/4 mile easy walk to the beach from the parking lot. They have nice restrooms past the parking lot and a changing area. We will definitely go back!
Written August 2, 2021
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Bonnie P
Oneonta, AL19 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
We went to Bowman’s Beach two separate days with similar experiences. It’s very crowded, and you have to pay $5 an hour to park, but the lots are big so the chances of finding a spot are better than the other beaches. Also—the beach is bigger so more room to spread out. It’s a little bit of a hike to the beach BUT we spotted manatees—including a mom and baby—on every walk, so that’s awesome. Water I beautiful; not as clear as near the lighthouse but a beautiful color. We didn’t find conch or sand dollars, but we had a great day playing in the gulf.
Written July 3, 2021
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Mommytwofour
Davenport, IA125 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
One of our absolute favorite beaches on the gulf side. There is a small toll to come on to sanibel island but the sand and beach is the best. The Island itself offers so many cute shops and eating venues. The Beach offers shaded parking area that are a short 1/4 mile walk to the beach front. Parking is 5$ an hour. They have outdoor showers and a small outdoor changing location just near the beach plus indoor bathrooms plus cover picnic tables . The water was the perfect temp 70 degrees which was a wonderful reliefs from the 97 degree heat. I do recommend that you wear water shoes due to the abundance of shells especially the first few feet when entering the water. We found several sand dollars of various sizes while in the water. You may get lucky enough to see manatees as you walk to the beach.
Written August 5, 2021
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Borshay
Orlando, FL84 contributions
Dec 2021
Every beach on Sanibel has $5/hr parking, but this one has plenty of room and amenties. Great bathrooms, play ground, walk over tidal area where you can kayak (bring your own), and play in the Gulf. FAVORITE beach!

We kayaked for 2 hours - saw all kinds of birds including two bald eagles. Easy put-in right next to parking lot. No charge for kayaking - just have your own boats.
Written December 17, 2021
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Dave E
West Mifflin, PA197 contributions
Jul 2020
With other beaches on Sanibel closed for the 4th of July weekend, we chose to spend some time at this beach. Parking is plentiful ($5 per hour) but it is a LONG walk from the lot to the beach. Bring a wagon or enlist plenty of friends to help carry your gear. THe beach is very wide and we had plenty of room to put up a tent and maintain social distancing. The water was warm and swimming was fun. If you're heading to the beach later in the day, this one would have a great sunset.
Written July 19, 2020
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