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Bean Point ~ A Bird’s Eye View June 3, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Nature, Travel & Leisure.
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Bean Point sits quietly at the northern tip of Anna Maria Island, where the Gulf of Mexico meets Tampa Bay.

Unlike the well-marked and more heavily trafficked Manatee and Coquina Beaches, Bean Point requires visitors to veer off the beaten path.

Beach-goers toting totes and coolers seldom stumble upon its splendid seclusion without advance notice and design.

Named for George Emerson Bean, the first permanent resident of Anna Maria Island, Bean Point marks the northern tip of Bean’s homestead.

Visitors won’t find a parking lot or large signs to direct them to this treasure of nature . . . a favorite of boaters, birders, and birds.

Small white “Public Beach Access” signs, like Hansel & Gretel’s pebbles, mark  obscured pathways to this pristine beach.

Visitors need only keep eyes open to find the path as it unfolds before them.

Aah . . . that’s better!