The hidden beach
Bean Point is at the northernmost tip of Anna Maria. So, you'd expect it to be easy to locate. In reality, it's one of the most private and secluded areas of the island. Because it's a little off the beaten path, it's been a hidden gem for many years. Now, one of our best-kept secrets has become a must-visit destination. It's also the most natural of all the beaches: no parking lots, only some limited on-street parking. Also, no facilities, no restaurants and no lifeguards.
Instead, this natural treasure is home to many species of local birds and other wildlife, breathtaking scenery (including views of the stunning Sunshine Skyway Bridge) and sweeping vistas of where the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay converge. The only downfall of this natural phenomenon is the strong currents and riptides it can produce. Swimming is not recommended. But we dare you to find a more picturesque spot on the island. Perhaps not the best beach for families with young children, but a great spot for singles and couples to up their Insta game.