A Florida beach hidden gem tucked away at Anna Maria Island. Bean Point is a local secret that provides the most breathtaking views of the sunset on a pristine 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.There is no “actual entrance” to the beach which made parking an interesting experience! As you drive down North Shore Dr. you’ll see small signs where it says “public beach access”. You’ll want to park along any of the roads that run parallel to the main stretch — and watch for signs that tell you where (and how long) you can park! Once your car is settled, head up the nearest path to the turquoise waters where the Gulf of Mexico meets the Tampa Bay. 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. Traffic gets a tad backed up on weekends so if you can manage the trek during the week your drive will be a lot better!