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“Gorgeous Beach!”
Review of Bowman's Beach

Bowman's Beach
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Chicago, IL
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Gorgeous Beach!”
Reviewed January 12, 2012

I have always loved Bowman's Beach--ever since I was in college in the late 70s, early 80s and was introduced by one of my best friends who lived on the island. The shells in the early morning are amazing and the fact that there are no houses nearby makes it seem very natural and uncrowded. It can get busy later in the morning and afternoon, but you can always find a little slice of beach to call your own. Body surfing there is great as well. The only little downside is the $2 per hour fee to park (it used to be free years back).

Visited December 2011
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Hillsborough, New Jersey
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“So pretty~!”
Reviewed January 12, 2012

Lots of shells and great fishing. What a pretty and well kept place to spend the day. Can't wait to go back!

Visited August 2011
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Huntsville, Alabama
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“Beautiful!”
Reviewed January 8, 2012

We like to the beach so much we're renting a condo closer to Bowman's Beach this May! Can't wait to get back to Sanibel!

Visited December 2011
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Darien, Connecticut
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Best waves of Sanibel”
Reviewed January 7, 2012

Great for body surfing. Not hotels or houses (or concession stand) making it a perfect beach to enjoy. Even on a day without sun and a bit of rain...

Visited December 2011
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michigan
Level 6 Contributor
113 reviews
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“Beautiful Beach TONS of Shells !”
Reviewed January 6, 2012

My husband and I are staying in Fort Myers for a bit and decided to visit Sanibel. The beach was beautiful ! White sand, shells galore..Just Beautiful ! Unfortunately there is currently a problem of red tide. On our way back to Fort Myers, we stopped along the causeway and the beach there was LOADED with dead fish ! So sad ! Apparently they don't clean this area up. I returned to our place and looked up "red tide" on the internet. This is very unsafe for not only fish but humans. Can cause respiratory problems and eye irritation. Also we saw people fishing there. These fish are contaminated ! All in all the beach on Sanibel was beautiful but we won't be going back until the area is safe.

Visited January 2012
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