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“Easy to get to, Parking is tough”
Review of Bowman's Beach

Bowman's Beach
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Reviewed April 11, 2013

So, when you go plan to walk a little. The parking lot is about 100 years from the actual beach and it is not a very big lot. We had to wait for someone to leave a spot for us to pull in.

The beach is beautiful and lots of shelling opportunities. Bring a bucket and a small garden shovel. There are no facilities, other than a bathroom, so bring your own beverages.

Thank brimyn
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Reviewed April 11, 2013

Lots of parking, there are bathrooms, shower stalls to rinse the sand off, a playground for the kids and picnic tables.

1  Thank CaptivaIslandgirl
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

I've never seen so many shells just sitting on the beach. I have a 13 and 9 year old that love to collect shells so Bowman's Beach definitely hit the spot. You do need to pay for parking and walk to the beach. There are bathroom facilities just before you cross a bridge to head to the beach, but they close @ 6pm. Overall a nice place to hang out and pick shells.

1  Thank sheimar
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

The beach is beautiful, no doubt about it. Nationally ranked for a reason. But just be forewarned the walk is very very long from the parking lot. If you are carrying a lot of items or simply can't walk that far try another beach. Otherwise, enjoy the beauty here.

Thank LVLN
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

If you have difficulty walking then this is not the beach for you. We did OK carrying stuff to the beach. Oddly enough there Is handicapped parking, but I doubt you could get a handicapped person all the way down to the beach. At each turn I thought - when will we see the water? The beach is beautiful and the shells, well not as plentiful as I expected. I've seen more at other beaches. I had hoped to swim, but you had to get past the line of shells in the water first in order to get into the water. It's a nice beach, but not one of the better ones for sure. No food, but they do have showers. Sadly there are no bathrooms at the beach so you have to walk all the way back to use the facilities.

1  Thank Sandi F
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