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Bowman's Beach, Sanibel Island

4.3
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As the only west-facing beach on Sanibel Island, Bowman's Beach is considered to have the best sunset views and is noted for its more adventurous bayou area. Miles of scenic shoreline along this beach are almost completely unobstructed, as this is one of the least-developed, and therefore most naturally beautiful, areas of the island. In addition to beachside activities, you can watch wildlife from the nearby bridge or take a kayak ride. The parking lot for this beach is a 10-minute walk from the beach itself, but many visitors believe this peaceful stretch of paradise is worth the trek. Make Bowman's Beach a centerpiece of your Sanibel Island vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Sanibel Island trip itinerary planner.
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  • Visiting from NY, we stopped here on a recommendation from a staff member of the nearby shell museum. The beach was very nice and clean, but we were here for the shells.  more »
  • We always end up at this beach more than any of the others. You have one drink machine, changing area, bathrooms, water fountains, outdoor shower off area as you first come in from the parking lot. Pa...  more »
  • Spent the morning at Bowman's Beach. Yes- there is a walk to the beach and you do have to pay to park; but it is not unbearable. We had 2 kids and lots of stuff and we made it. Plus as we walked to th...  more »
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  • The shelling was a disappointment. First off, bring cash in ones and fives because the parking lot has a kiosk to pay and there's no refunds or change given. Second, be prepared to walk. It's a bit of a distance from the parking lot to the beach (although it's a nice stroll). Next, bring an umbrella or shade tent and chairs because it's necessary. And last, for all that are like me, bring bug spray, I was bitten 25 times!
  • Great, quiet beach. Just arrive earlier to be sure you get parking. Follow Google's "busy times" schedule to get a spot. There are quite a lot of good shells if you look diligently.
  • This is a very beautiful beach. The amount of pristine shells of every hue is incredible I have to admit though with mobility issues I struggled to make the somewhat lengthy walk from our van to the water. The outdoor changing areas are a nice idea This beach seemed extremely safe and family oriented.
  • Very nice beach. No transportation, you should bring a cart if you have a lot of stuff to carry. Parking is $4 per hour with min. 1 hour. You see nothing but water and sand. No buildings as far as you can see
  • This is the most gorgeous beach I have ever seen! The water is crystal clear. The beach is nice and clean. By far my favorite beach to visit.

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