A favorite among locals, Bean Point is a hidden gem on Anna Maria Island's northern tip known for its easy surf, beautiful views, and the best sunset on the island.
Key amenities: Peace and quiet
Parking on site: Street parking nearby
Restrooms on site: No
Bean Point is known as one of the quietest and most peaceful beaches on Anna Maria Island, located right where the waters from the Gulf of Mexico meets the Tampa Bay. This hidden gem was named after the island’s first resident, George Emmerson Bean. Bean Point sits on the north end of Anna Maria Island, but you won’t find a parking lot or any signs to direct you there. To find Bean Point, head north on North Bay Blvd. from the Anna Maria City Pier, and you’ll find it at the intersection of North Bay Blvd and North Shore Dr.
Parking at Bean Point is limited, but can be found at either of the two beach access signs nearby. The beach access points can be found at the intersections of Fern St & North Shore Dr, as well as the corner of Gladiolus St & North Shore Dr.
Once you’ve made it to Bean Point, you’ll immediately know why it’s so special. The water is a beautiful turquoise blue, and the sand is soft to the touch. When the tide is low, you can wade through the warm waters out to the sandbar for some of the best shelling on Anna Maria Island. If you don’t feel like getting wet, Bean Point is a beautiful, calming spot to stroll, sunbathe, or even build some sand castles. Be sure to stick around for sunset at Bean Point, it’s one of the best viewing spots on the entire island.