Bowman's beach

White sand beach
Bridge at Bowman's Beach, Old Blind Pass, Sanibel, FL 33957, USA, Sanibel, FL 33957, USA
333 miles from Panama City Beach, FL
Water quality
Grades suggested by our reviewer
Water Quality

Beach amenities

  • PlaygroundKids will have fun!
  • Changing roomsDressing rooms on the beach
  • Public grillsGrills or fire pits
  • WCPublic restrooms nearby
  • ShowerPublic showers available
  • Pet friendlyBring your little friends!
  • Picnic tablesPicnic benches available
  • ParkingCar parking nearby
👉 Download a FREE PDF map

About this beach

Warnings and hazards

Shells are rough! Wear shoes when walking from the parking lot to the beach.

Not the best beach to visit if you have mobility issues.

There’s not much to do on Sanibel island except for walking, taking photos, shelling, picnicking, swimming, dreaming, watching nature and enjoying the most amazing sunsets in Florida! My kind of place.

Bowman’s beach is a gorgeous sandy beach on the western end of the island.

The parking is $5 per hour, credit cards only! The lot is almost always packed with vehicles. A somewhat long walk to the beach from the parking lot (about 1/4 mile), so pack light. We rented a couple of bikes and didn’t use the parking at all.

The beach area is huge. The beach is very clean, as well as the water – perfect for snorkeling. 

If you own a kayak or a canoe, there’s an area where you can launch it from.

Pets are welcome but must be leashed.

Amenities include two bathrooms, changing rooms, lots of picnic tables (those are away from the beach front though), rinse showers, a workout trail, grills and a playground for the little ones. There’s a vending machine for drinks. There are no restaurants or takeaways, so bring your own food. Don’t forget towels to sit on, and if you’re serious about your beach vacation bring towels and a fridge, too.

Shells are literally everywhere. Zillions of them!

Overall, an amazing and unspoiled place worth visiting.

What we loved

  • BEST shelling experience ever!
  • Seriously the most amazing sunsets in Florida.

Driving Time

  • 50 minutes from Fort Myers, FL
  • 2 hours 50 minutes from Tampa, FL
  • 3 hours from Miami, FL

Hotels and rentals

If you're considering staying for one or even a few nights, there are plenty of options available near the beach. Chose your preferred accomodation type and your favourite room provider:

Beaches nearby

Additionally, there's a number of beaches near Bowman's beach which you can visit:

Beach reviewed by:
Photos from Google Maps
Empty beachClouds over the seaPeople on the beachBeach palms and a wooden boardwalkBowman's beach on Sanibel IslandBowman's BeachBowman's beach on Sanibel IslandView from the beachBowman's beach shoreBowman's beach
Show rooms near this beach×

Visitor questions:

Question: are you allowed to have a fire on the beach for cooking
Asked by Sheila Keyser almost 4 years ago
Answer: Sanibel Island authorities prohibit burning open fires anywhere on the island. But you can use public grills that are available on Bowman's Beach.

Bowman's beach videos

Beachcombing Bowmans Beach Sanibel
An intriguing video of sea treasures found on the beach
Bowman's Beach, Sanibel Island, FL
A serene drone-made video of the beach

Weather conditions

Current weather at the beach and 3 day forecast

Best times to visit

Average temperature (°F)
Beach map and directions
The beach is located in Sanibel, Florida Bridge at Bowman's Beach, Old Blind Pass, Sanibel, FL 33957, USA, Sanibel, FL 33957, USA (Open on Google Maps)
Drag and zoom the map to view lodging options near the beach.
Other beaches nearby
Explore other beaches near Sanibel, Florida
Captiva Beach
Captiva Island, Florida
5 mi away
Bowman's beach reviews and photos
Reviewed on: April 14, 2020