Bean Point ~ Anna Maria Island’s Secret Serenity

Bean Point footbridge

The footbridge at Bean Point

Bean Point is the very northern tip of Anna Maria Island.  It is a local secret that provides breathtaking views of the sunset on a pristine, and serene beach.  Named for George Emerson Bean, the first permanent resident of Anna Maria Island, Bean Point is located on a secluded stretch of beach at the northern end of what was Bean’s original homesteaded property.

You won’t find a parking lot, or any large signs, to direct you to this treasure of nature.  To get there you’ll need to head North of the City Pier in Anna Maria on North Bay Blvd.  The “main entrance” to Bean Point is located at a small crossroads.  You will notice the tree lined path that divides the two properties north of the intersection of N. Bay & N. Shore Dr.  If you ride your bicycle, you can ride right up the path, and park just to the side of the classic, wooden footbridge that sets the tone for your Anna Maria beach experience.  If you drive your car, you have a few options.  There are actually entrances at the corners of Fern St & N. Shore Dr, and Gladiolus St. & N. Shore Dr. as well.  Each of these entrances is marked by a small white posted sign that merely states “Public Beach Access”.  When parking you can choose a spot near any of these entrances, and take the path out to the beach.   Local Tip: parking regulations are strictly enforced on Anna Maria Island.  If it says No Parking, don’t do it, unless you want a ticket.  There are spots along the side streets, including Gladiolus and Fern.  To park near the footbridge entrance, I would recommend heading down to Jacaranda to find an empty (and legal) parking place.  Also, be aware of your tires.  In Anna Maria your tires need to be off the street when parking roadside.

Bean Point shoreline

Bean Point shoreline

Once your car is settled, head up the nearest path to the gorgeous turquoise waters where the Gulf of Mexico meets the Tampa Bay.   After your leisurely stroll down the path, turn right when you get to the sand, and head north to the point, for spectacular views that include the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.    If the tide is low, you can see the sand bar just off the coast.  Just a little wading into the warm water will take you there, and you can shell ‘til your heart’s content!  The views are amazing, the water is inviting, and the atmosphere is relaxed and serene.  There are quiet spots to sit and enjoy the view, and watch the waters and the wildlife.  I love where the water collides as the tide shifts from the East side of Anna Maria Island to the West side.

Bean Point turtle's nest

turtle’s nest at Bean Point

There are signs of life relaxing all over the Point.  My children love pointing out the crab holes in the sand.  There are a few turtle nests marked off right now, that are ready to hatch by the end of this month.  There is always something to delight the bird watcher too…with several different birdies to entertain you as they guard their beach turf from one another.  Off in the distance you can see the shores of Egmont Key, and there are always the boats to enjoy watching as they pass by.

So, head to Bean Point to capture a quiet beach moment, or a breathtaking sunset, and enjoy one of the most relaxing spots on an island famous for its relaxation.  And of course, check out Island Real Estate’s Vacation Rentals to find your perfect spot to capture all that Anna Maria Island has to offer.  Whether you need a cozy cottage or a beach side villa, our Anna Maria Island accommodations will meet your needs.  Call us toll free, at 877-778-6066, and one of our Vacation Rental Specialist can help you find your perfect spot.  Or check out our search-friendly website to find your own Anna Maria Island hideaway.

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Erin

After vacationing on Anna Maria Island several years ago, Erin was hooked. She made a permanent move to the island, and now has fun living and working in paradise everyday! Island Real Estate is her home away from home, where she enjoys the many hats she wears marketing vacation rentals and real estate through the web, print media, and public relations.

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