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“We loved Bowmans Beach!”
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Bowman's Beach
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Reviewed February 15, 2013

The beach is very clean, and we saw lots of wildlife! Crabs washed up on the beach, some sort of fish JUMPING OUT OF THE WATER, three dolphins!the walkway to the black was also nice , we loved it! The sunset was amazing there! We got some great pics!

Thank S B
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Reviewed February 14, 2013

I have been to many beaches in many different countries and Bowman's Beach is in the top 3. I cannot use enough adjectives to describe it. Just go.

Thank ChicagoV
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

This is by far the best beach on the island and one of my favorite beaches I have ever been to in all my travels. It is my favorite because it is that there are no homes on it so you are truly in nature away from civilization. Not a car or home to been seen or heard. It is miles away from the main road and busy part of Sanibel. It actual is on your way to Captiva Island. It is the sound of waves, birds aka nature at it's best. There are not as many shells so it is one of the easier beaches to walk on. As other reviewer said there is no shade anywhere so bring your umbrella, lots of sunscreen, and water. Be aware too that once the birds see you with food they will come to you. Be smart and DO NOT feed the animals. Remember also to pick up your trash so the wildlife does not eat it. After all that is one of the best parts of Sanibel and Captiva.

Be prepared to pay $2 per hour to stay and in their high season you want to get there early to find a parking spot and find the good shells. The bathrooms are nice and clean but only two stalls. They are right as you leave the parking lot so it is not right next to the beach. The walk is really not that bad but it probably feels longer with lugging all the beach stuff. It is lovely walk to the beach and one of my favorite parts. A true hidden treasure on the island and must not miss beach!

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Reviewed February 12, 2013

This is a beach like you've never seen before. There are no hotels or homes on it, and you can walk for miles in the surf and look for shells. The parking lot is a little ways away, but not bad at all. There is a clean bathroom/changing room near the parking lot, Parking is limited though, so on a busy day I can see it becoming a problem. It costs $2 an hour to park, and you have to predict when you get there how long you will stay. There are lots of shells, but also lots of people looking for them, so to get the big ones, you have to get there at dawn! Also, getting to the beach can be a struggle. There is one road in and one road out on Sanibel Island, and traffic is most often bumper to bumper the whole way. Also, be aware that there is a toll bridge onto Sanibel and a $6 charge to get onto the island.
TIP: Be sure to bring a sun umbrella! There is no shade whatsoever.

1  Thank worldtraveler4727
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

Bowman Beach is a terrific beach on Sanibel Island over looking the Gulf of Mexico. Clean Facilities and if you are lucky enough you may see a Dolphin or two!

Thank mannick
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