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Bowman's Beach

Bowman's Beach is a beautiful, dog-friendly, secluded beach in Sanibel, FL, with hiking trails. Amenities include picnic tables, grills, pay phone, bathrooms and bike racks. Dogs are allowed on leash. Visit Website

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Bowman's Beach has received a rating of 4.7 out of 5 bones by 14 canine critics on BringFido and 4.5 out of 5 by 3,094 guests on TripAdvisor.

  • Katelyn
    Jun. 19, 2022
    Our dogs loved it!

    We just visited Bowman’s Beach with our three dogs and they loved it. It was beautiful blue water, great temperature. We just adopted a 6 month old puppy, so we wanted a leashed dog beach. We ended up not even seeing any other dogs, which is exactly what we hoped for. It is a bit of a walk to the beach, about .25 miles. We chose to walk even further to get away from as many people as we could. Once you walk over the bridge, you have four different paths to choose from. We went right and used the nature trail. We went down to the third beach opening, which was perfect, because we had no one around us. Most people don’t want to walk that far, but it was great for us! There is a $6 fee to get on Sanibel Island and it is $5 an hour to park, but definitely worth it!

  • Tina
    May. 7, 2022
    Very nice dog-friendly beach!

    Great beach for families and dogs! The water close to the beach was shallow and great for playing fetch with our dog. We had a 30’ floating leash which allowed him to play but still enabled us to keep him tethered to us. It was a great long beach for taking walks and playing in the surf. Nice shower and bathroom facilities.

  • Michelle
    Feb. 13, 2022
    Perfect Beach Day!!

    We enjoyed our day here. My two dogs had a blast. We walked a little further down the beach and the area is amazing. There’s a combo of people only and dogs. Nobody was too crowded and all of the dog owners were following the rules with on leash only. Everyone was having a great time. Highly recommend.

  • Ann
    Dec. 25, 2021
    Lots of fun on Christmas Day!

    Our dog had a great time here! Come early if you happen to come on Christmas Day! Our dog loved swimming here and walking through the mangroves. If you have a dog cart/carrier for your bike, there are nice bike paths on the island that are separated from the streets. Most of the businesses are closed on Christmas day, so you can drive over with your bikes and park in any of the empty lots. Everyone at the beach was having fun. There’s a nice water fountain for the dogs to get a drink and a place for humans to wash the sand off their feet. Bathrooms were well maintained. Only downside was that the drink vending machine took our money and didn’t spit out a drink!

  • Elisa
    Mar. 31, 2021
    Florida gem

    gorgeous beach with lots of open space. plenty of amenities. (bathrooms, rinsing stations, lots of parking) worth the trip.

  • Joan
    Jan. 13, 2021
    Nice Beach

    A little walk from the parking opens to a lovely beach

  • Helen
    Feb. 19, 2020
    Great Beach

    beautiful beach on sanibel. Great experience with dog. It’s huge so great for a walk along the shore. Go early. Traffic gets v busy. There are toilets and water stations. Take beach umbrella - no shade on beach. 5 min walk to beach. We took lots of water for us and dog as it’s gets hot. Stayed for 4 hours. Will go back

  • Genevieve
    Jan. 1, 2020
    Wow great Beach!

    Love it!

  • Lisa
    Mar. 14, 2019
    Very Nice Beach

    Lots of amenities- our dog loved the water.

  • Aida j.
    Apr. 22, 2018
    Best dog's beach ever!

    One of the best dogs beaches in Florida.

  • Melissa
    Jan. 23, 2018
    One of our favorite spots!

    This beach and the one just north of it are both great. There is a water fountain for dogs at the Captiva side parking area.

  • Jill
    More than a year ago
    Our Dogs Loved It

    Brought our 2 small shih tzu mixes here over Thanksgiving weekend; we had a great time. We didn't see any other dogs for the few hours we were there. We loved the soft sand and the shells. The beach was clean. Bring water and poop bags. Parking was $5 an hour (you can pay by credit card but there was no app to pay by phone) and we could use Sunpass for the $6 Sanibel Island toll. We will go back.

  • Kc
    More than a year ago
    Perfect day-Enjoyable experience

    We went to Bowman's beach found it to be perfect place for our family and dog to enjoy time together. We enjoyed walking our dog down the white sand and shell lined beach. The water was a beautiful turquoise and our dog enjoyed the waves coming in. The other families at the beach were respectful. There were 3 other dogs there on the beach that were well behaved.

  • Stephanie
    More than a year ago

    This beach is wonderful but it needs a ranger. I was attacked by a Pit Bull on this beach and my dog protected me and almost died. It was the worst experience of my life. I could not get the Pit to let go of the death grip on my Bouvier's neck. The teeth missed the jugular vein by less than half an inch, which saved her life. The owner thought nothing of having her boyfriend's dog off leash. She took off before I could take down her license plate number. Don't let this happen to you!

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