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Bowman's Beach

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  • Type: Beaches
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
Overall Rating: 3.5 (3.4)
Value: 3.0 (3.0)
Facilities: 1.0 (1.0)
Atmosphere: 4.0 (4.0)
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Bowman's is well known for having beautiful, unusual shells, but you'll have to put a little effort into finding the true gems along this beach. Says one on TripAdvisor: "You have to work to get these shells. … If you dig into the sand with your feet in the brown, murky Gulf of Mexico waist-high water you will find good shells like the Florida fighting conchs."

Also remember that this beach is more about its view than its virtues, i.e., there are no public restrooms or refreshment stands. So "bring a picnic basket and umbrella, and make sure everyone uses the potty before walking out to the beach," says another TripAdvisor traveler. And you should definitely picnic instead of visiting one of the popular restaurants located about a mile down Bowman's Beach Road -- another unfortunate side effect of visiting this centrally located beach is the $2-an-hour parking fee by the shore.  

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