Bowman's Beach, Sanibel Island

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#1 of 26 in Outdoors in Sanibel Island
Beach · Nature / Park
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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. Use our Sanibel Island journey planner to add Bowman's Beach and other attractions to your Sanibel Island vacation plans.
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  • Although its a bit of a walk to the beach, it is truly an amazing spot with seclusion if just make a right turn and walk along the shore a few minutes. 
    Although its a bit of a walk to the beach, it is truly an amazing spot with seclusion if just make a right turn and walk along the shore a few minutes.  more »
  • We spent an afternoon at Bowman’s Beach and enjoyed every minute. It was a beautiful day- the water was very clear and the shells were plentiful. We enjoyed the short walk and even saw some manatees.....  more
    We spent an afternoon at Bowman’s Beach and enjoyed every minute. It was a beautiful day- the water was very clear and the shells were plentiful. We enjoyed the short walk and even saw some manatees.....  more »
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  • We stopped by at Christmas Day around and the parking was nearly full we got a spot at the west end of the parking lot because another car was just leaving. After we paid $20 for 4 hours we unpacked and took that 10 minute walk to the beach (with small kids). We passed the changing and shower area which also has quite a nice playground in the shadow and some vending machines. The whole location is very tidy and clean. The bridges and paths are well maintained and safe. And it has a lot of trashcan's everywhere and they seem to get emptied out a lot because not one was full. Overall a very nice place to visit.
  • 🌅 Excellent sunset spot! Enjoy gorges sunsets. You can even see occasional dolphin. 🏖 Beach is very nice. Wide and long. Great for an extended walk. You can definitely find a spot where there are not that many people around. 🐚 People say it has great seashells. 🅿️ There is plenty of parking. When you get in there is are parking spaces. Then if you drive a bit further in there is another parking lot. 💲It costs $5/hour to park. 🚿🚾🚻👶 Good amenities. Nice clean bathrooms. Good beach showers. Kid’s playing area. Plenary of trashcans. Park has several trails.

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