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Bowman's Beach

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Address: 1700 Bowman's Beach Road, Sanibel Island, FL 33957
Phone Number: 239-472-6397
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Good shelling, long walks for littles

Great place for unique shells, be prepared for lots of walking from the parking lot and not exactly fond of the $4 hour parking charge. Beach tends to be packed with tourists but... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Brighton, Michigan
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Brighton, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great place for unique shells, be prepared for lots of walking from the parking lot and not exactly fond of the $4 hour parking charge. Beach tends to be packed with tourists but if you get in early you're sure to have some good shell finds

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Cohasset, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

During our visit to Sanibel, we went to several beach areas to find shells. We had the best luck at Bowman's Beach. There are miles of beach to roam and the shells were much better here than on the southeastern end of the island. Parking is ample and costs $4 an hour payable by credit card or cash.

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Lebanon, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It is a nice beach, with lots of parking. But you better plan on several hours. We paid for only 1 hour....just to check it out. But it takes about 15 - 20 min to walk from the parking lot. We no more than got to the beach, and I had to walk clear back to put more money in... More 

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Rockledge, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Parked really easily and paid for 4 hours. The beach wasn't overly crowded which was great. We walked for about 10 or 15 minutes before making our camp. There were small shells everywhere. We went into the sea and were able to find medium sized shells. We saw people further out who were finding even bigger ones. We had a... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Just a road to the beach, you pay for parking The beach nothing much to write home about. I guess it is one of the few public accesses to the beach. Oh well,when one is used to the beaches in the Panhandle anything short of th Bahamas or Belize is not impressive.

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Boston
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Bowman's beach is at the northern end of Sanibel Island, so it is a bit of drive to/from. Parking is plentiful and $4 per hour paid in advance. Full facilities for changing and showering. Small Beach grill. Long beach with plenty of room. Tons of shell, but they are small. Enjoy, VVHT

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Bowman's Beach is an absolutely beautiful beach. Wide open spaces and if you walk down the beach a bit, you will be away from the crowds. Shower facility and bathrooms. A little far from the beach so if you have small children or a wheelchair take that into consideration. No snacks to purchase here but there is a vending machine... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My kayaking group often comes for this experience. We see many wonderful birds including the spectacular giant white pelican. I like kayaking to the beach and walking along the usually deserted beach. This event is especially remarkable on nights with a full moon when our leader can time our trip so that we reach the beach for dinner at sunset... More 

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clayton Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You could walk for a long ways and it is not very crowded. Shelling is excellent and the water very clear and pleasant. We road bikes there so no problem for us with the parking situation.

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Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited here to search for shells and found this beach very peaceful and a great place to view pretty spectacular sunsets. Didn't mind the short walk from the parking areas and appreciated the rest room facilities close by. The unfortunate result of my visit came in the following days when the welts from many sand flea bites became quite bothersome.... More 

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