Bowman's Beach, Sanibel Island

#1 of 24 in Outdoors in Sanibel Island
Must see · Beach · Nature / Park
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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  • This beach has great facilities -- bathrooms, changing areas, showers and more. There's also a little playground tucked in along the path to the beach in case the little ones need a break from the...  more »
  • Bowman’s Beach is popular for good reason. It has ample beach parking, and when other San-Cap lots are full, there is a good chance you will find a space here. Just do not forget anything in the car.....  more »
  • The waters of bowman beach are warm and blue like. Its also a good beach for shelling. It was our first time here, there is a $6 toll to cross the bridge onto sanibel island and there is also a fee for parking at the beach. It is convenient as there are bathrooms changing areas and showers to wash away salt water and sand.
  • The beach is nice, especially if you like shelling. The restrooms and changing stations were great. Parking is a bit far from the beach especially if you are carrying a bunch of beach gear (umbrella, chairs, cooler, etc). The parking rates are high at $5 per hour.
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