Bowman's Beach, Sanibel Island

4.3
#1 of 23 in Outdoors in Sanibel Island
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. Use our Sanibel Island journey planner to add Bowman's Beach and other attractions to your Sanibel Island vacation plans.
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  • We stopped here and paid the $4 a hour to park. The walk is long to the beach from the parking area. The beach is lovely and wide. There were lots of shells along the beach. Be careful of the no see u...  more »
  • Great island beach. The people are a mix of visitors and locals, and everyone was respectful of others and the beach and beautiful water. When we were there we didn't see a single person not pick up a...  more »
  • Whenever we come to Sanibel/Captiva, Bowman's Beach is a must for our family. It's always like going into a rain forest first, then of course are the amenities that we all need, bathrooms, showers, ch...  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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