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Bowman's Beach, Sanibel Island
(4.3/5 based on 1,900+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Spent a few days here. Much clearer water here than where our condo was (still beautiful beach:) Kids were able to snorkel and find shells and see some cool black and white fish! Bring umbrella if you...  more »
  • Another beautiful beach on sanibel. Go prepared with chairs, potables and lunch. Think the parking was $4 hourly 
  • This public beach is a treasure on an island where "free" and "public" are difficult to find. Nice beach. Great place to watch the setting sun. At sunset ... prepare for the legendary "no-see-ums" ! 
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  • Beautiful beach! Long walk but worth it. We did some fishing and caught only gulf whiting but the kids enjoyed just catch anything with shrimp and squid. Beautiful sunset!!! A must stay to watch for those that love sunsets.
  • The best beach ever. My family and I drove from Miami. This beach was such a beautiful spot. The people were great. My son found a octopus in his shell but we put it back. I can't wait for our next visit.
  • There was a lot of space to park. Beautiful beach with lots of pretty sea shells. It also wasn't very packed which was nice! Has a restroom, changing room and a pop machine which was a plus. Love love love it!
  • Lovely beach & sunset views. Great for a walk, but this time of year, bring the bug spray. Trash & recycling bins everywhere, carry in carry out. No need to be lazy. Some good fishing too I hear.
  • Awesome beach! My dog loved it. I loved it. The whole family loved it.