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This long, wide beach on Sanibel's northwest end is the island's most secluded strand, but it also has the most amenities. Park facilities include a playground, a fitness trail, picnic tables, and a canoe launch. It is famed for its shell collecting and spectacular sunsets at the north end—try to spot the green flash, said to occur just as the sun sinks below the horizon. For utmost seclusion, walk north from the two main access points where bridges cross an estuary to reach the beach. It's a long walk from the parking lot over the estuary to the beach, so pack accordingly and plan on a long stay. Tall Australian pines provide shade behind the white sands. Typically gentle waves are conducive to swimming and wading with kids. Amenities: parking (fee); showers; toilets. Best for: sunsets; swimming; walking.

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  • Address: Bowman Beach Rd., at Blind Pass Sanibel, FL 33957 | Map It
  • Phone: 239/472–3700
  • Cost: Parking $2 per hr.
  • Location: Sanibel and Captiva Islands
Updated: 05-17-2013

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    Buggy big time at sunset. No see-ums abound so don't forget the deet. You have to walk a bit of a distance from the $2 parking to the beach but there are bathrooms. Get out of there before last light or you may get stuck in the myriad of paths and tall brush and alligators before you get back to your car. The sunset is lovely though if you're not being eaten alive.

    by TravelSanta, 1/10/09

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