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Bowman's Beach

1700 Bowman's Beach Road, Sanibel Island, FL 33957
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Best shells on the beach!

Definitely the best beach for shelling. Walk out to beach and go right for a 20 minute walk. This... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Jessie O
via mobile
A nice quiet beach

We loved going to Bowman's beach. The parking is a bit expensive, but heck, it's much nicer than... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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1700 Bowman's Beach Road, Sanibel Island, FL 33957
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Definitely the best beach for shelling. Walk out to beach and go right for a 20 minute walk. This is the spot photographers talk about the most. You can easily do a web search for low tide times. You definitely want flip flops or water...More

Thank Jessie O
Reviewed 3 days ago

We loved going to Bowman's beach. The parking is a bit expensive, but heck, it's much nicer than going to a movie. There are a lot of nice, complete shells on the beach.

Thank CSCIndianapolis
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Parking is 5$ pr hour. Wonderful beach with lots of small shells (but no big). Bring swim shoes as there are many sharp shells....

Thank Heidi L
Reviewed 6 days ago

As stated in the title, Bowman's Beach is the #1 beach for seashell collectors in the world. The second you step foot near the water, you will understand why. The beach itself is beautiful and absolutely littered with shells. We arrived later in the day...More

Thank practicaltravellers
Reviewed 1 week ago

Greetings- We see a lot of whingeing over parking fees! This is a very clean, nice beach. The parking fees keep the riff raff away. If you find the fees expensive, you should go elsewhere. For that, we are thankful. Cheers! Brad and Christina

Thank bdm19862
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful beach. Parking fee is probably worth it. Would be nice to have a daily rate. So clean! Not crowded. We rode bikes from Billy's. not for the unathletic.

Thank 40yearOldGirlScout
Reviewed 1 week ago

Adequate parking on the day I visited. Not too long a walk to the beach, but may be difficult for some. Beautiful, long beach, clear water. Showers, restrooms, play ground.

Thank fishersgirl
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Though the walk to the beach is a long one, it is worth it. The parking lot is large & there is an overflow lot also available. TIP: If the overflow lot is open, park there & cut off your walk to the beach by...More

Thank 00vette48306
Reviewed 1 week ago

The shelling is awesome! Also, plenty of parking and nice bathrooms. Out of all of the beaches we’ve been to on Sanibel, I seem to find the most shells on Bowman. This beach is very popular and busy. Lots of fun!

Thank TravelfromDuluth
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This beach is a great beach for beach walkers and shellers. The only drawback is a long walk from the parking lot to the beach. Restrooms and changing area are near the parking lot as well. Sanibel traffic was a pain but the beach was...More

1  Thank Wilma C
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Louis A
26 November 2017|
Response from onearleft | Reviewed this property |
Without traffic 15 minutes. With traffic 30 minutes plus.
11 July 2017|
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Response from Islagal | Reviewed this property |
The Island charges an hourly rate at all the beaches. It was $4 per hour in May 2017.
22 April 2017|
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Response from mitchbass | Reviewed this property |
We were just there and no see-ums. It was windy but beautiful warm sunny day. Early morning, late afternoon is when they seem to be around but we had NO problem at all. Don't let this be a trip disruption. Any bug spray... More