Bowman's Beach, Sanibel Island

4.3
#1 of 28 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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  • Really beautiful water off Sanibel Island: turquoise blue and clean. The shells were OK; we actually found lots more (volume and variety) at Fort Meyers Beach (just a bit south - but had lots of red a...  more »
  • My mom and I started at Blind Pass beach to look for shells and were disappointed, so we worked our way down Sanibel to Bowman's beach. We did have to pay $5 per hour which is a bummer, especially whe...  more »
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  • Beach is located on the southern end of Sanibel Island. There is very limited parking which is metered at a minimum cost of $5 for 1st hour only. It is a medium length walk down to the beach area with restrooms and shower areas at the entrance. The beach is nice, with lots of shells which make it hard to walk without sandals so be sure to have them handy. It is a very long beach area so there are many places to choose from when looking for a spot to hang out on. There are no other amenities available once on the beach so be sure to have all you need with you when you get there!
  • Nice day on Spring Break at Bowman's Beach! It's kinda of a long walk from parking to beach but when you arrive, it's not as busy as other beaches. Lots of shells for the kids to pick up and look at. Showers to clean off the sand and bathrooms for use as well. Parking is $5 per hour and the lot doesn't hold that many vehicles, especially during peak season...big disappointment, especially for having to pay! Overall, it's a 5 Star beach but with limited parking and small bathrooms, we knock it down a point.

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