Bowman's beach

White sand beach
Unnamed Road, Sanibel, FL 33957, USA (333 miles from Panama City Beach, FL)
Water quality

Beach amenities

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

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.
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How to get there
The beach is located in Sanibel, Florida
Unnamed Road, Sanibel, FL 33957, USA (Open on Google Maps)
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Bowman's beach photo by Angie Lambers
Angie Lambers
Sunday beach vibes...
Bowman's beach photo by N I C O L E
honey i’m home💫
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Sunsets are proof that no matter what happens, every day can end beautifully... 🧡🌅
Bowman's beach photo by Mimi Nadia Chenyao
Mimi Nadia Chenyao
I haven't been shell-collecting for years and forgot how much I enjoyed every part of it — scanning the edge of the water for the perfect shell, snatching it out of the water at just the right moment, making friends with others who are doing the same exact thing. Yesterday on Sanibel Island, I rekindled my long-lost hobby. The whole beach was made up of shells. Swipe to see it, along with some of my favorite treasures I found!⁣ "Hidden Treasures on the Sandbar" is on Fake and Basic today.
Bowman's beach photo by katie
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Bowman's beach photo by Sandpiper Sue
Sandpiper Sue
Splendor at Bowman’s Beach
Bowman's beach photo by Laura Bascom
Laura Bascom
As my husband and I walked in solitude on the beach this morning, we trudged through small mountains of shells looking for the “perfect” specimen. The elusive sand dollar, whole and perfect; along with our favorites to add to our collection. Then it hit me, God smacked, if you’ll allow....these mountains of shells have had quite a journey through the sea. Tossed and battered. Many bearing flaws and permanent scars. Such a reflection of our own lives. So, I changed my search....seeking the perfect spiral of a severed shell, the bits and pieces of once whole shells, and the ones previously discarded as “damaged”. Reminders that we’re flawed, but imperfectly beautiful. So, go look in the mirror, stare long and hard at your perceived “flaw” and remind yourself that you are imperfectly beautiful! ❤️ #sanibel #beautiful
Bowman's beach photo by Jenny Seitz
Jenny Seitz
life is better at the beach! 🏝
Bowman's beach photo by Jennifer Soun Lee
Jennifer Soun Lee
Sanibel terns. #sanibelisland
Bowman's beach photo by k a t e
k a t e
50 shades of blue
Bowman's beach photo by Riley Pritchett
Riley Pritchett
Awesome picture that I’m pretty proud of, I took this picture of my cousin back in November when the family went to the beach. 😎
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We had a great time at Sanibel Island today! @josh_heller23 found this amazing shell! 💙🐚 #sanibelisland #bowmansbeach
Bowman's beach photo by Eurowings
Angel Wings, Fighting Conches and Banded Tulips – Sanibel and Captiva off the Florida gulf coast are treasure islands for beach combers. 🏖 Their shapes and location in the Gulf of Mexico means prevailing currents wash up millions of beautiful little shells.🐚
Bowman's beach photo by Deborah Fowler
Deborah Fowler
Early morning light.
Bowman's beach photo by Fort Myers & Sanibel
Fort Myers & Sanibel
Happy #NationalSeashellDay! Celebrate with us today.🐚🎉
Bowman's beach photo by Brenda (ब्रेंडा) 🦐
Brenda (ब्रेंडा) 🦐
Hunting shells 🐚 #Florida #USA #Sanibel #SanibelIsland
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Spending ALL DAY at the beach is good for the soul. 2018 was so good to us; we’re ready for all the fun, adventure and challenge that 2019 has in store for us. ☀️
Bowman's beach photo by Joshua Knight
Joshua Knight
The Knight’s Castle