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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!

Comments

1. Jas - June 3, 2012

Looks like a beautiful place to hang out.

nrhatch - June 3, 2012

It’s a great place to wander and ponder.

2. Pocket Perspectives - June 3, 2012

Amazing…Nancy, you just seem to have one beautiful beach after another…after another…wow!

nrhatch - June 3, 2012

Anna Maria Island is “old Florida” . . . without skyscrapers and fast food restaurants!

3. Mands - June 3, 2012

That’s absolutely gorgeous! 😉

nrhatch - June 3, 2012

Thanks, Mands. We agree!

4. Barefoot Baroness - June 3, 2012

Lovely show and tell. Love the color of the water against the sand.

Hey! What’s that man doing there? LOL…

nrhatch - June 3, 2012

Exactly . . . who IS that man? 😀

5. Andra Watkins - June 3, 2012

It is always a little thrill to find a place of seclusion such as this, Nancy. You helped me find one today.

nrhatch - June 3, 2012

Awesome! We all need a quiet place . . . within and without.

6. wightrabbit - June 3, 2012

This looks like what I imagine paradise to be, white sands, blue sea, sunshine and solitude. Thanks for sharing it with us, Nancy! 🙂

nrhatch - June 3, 2012

Glad you enjoyed, Jacqueline. Sharing pictures of the island’s beauty is always a treat.

7. magsx2 - June 3, 2012

Hi,
Looks like a perfect place to go, just beautiful. 🙂

nrhatch - June 3, 2012

One of our favorite spots on the island . . . when we really want to get away from it all.

8. Booksphotographsandartwork - June 3, 2012

Oh I can just feel the sand between my toes and hear the most beautiful ocean songs. That is a treasure worth looking for.

nrhatch - June 3, 2012

The sand is perfect . . . white powder! And the sea sings.

Booksphotographsandartwork - June 3, 2012

I’m “blue” with envy.

nrhatch - June 3, 2012

🙂

9. Tammy - June 3, 2012

gorgeous Nancy!

nrhatch - June 3, 2012

Thanks, Tammy. I love sharing imagery from AMI.

10. barb19 - June 3, 2012

That sand is pure white – it looks like paradise – your own little secret paradise!

nrhatch - June 3, 2012

We have stumbled across the occasional artist painting at Bean Point, but generally we are the only beings on the beach other than the birds.

11. yogaleigh - June 3, 2012

My father has lived in Bradenton for 32 years and in spite of many visits to Anna Maria I have not known about Bean Point. Thanks.

nrhatch - June 3, 2012

Next visit, then? Once you know it exists, it’s easier to find.

12. jannatwrites - June 3, 2012

I love the white sand of that beach…but even better is the fact that there isn’t tons of people laying all over the place! Nice find you have here.

nrhatch - June 3, 2012

We’ve rarely bumped into sunbathers when we’re there. Probably because the main beaches have better parking if you’re toting coolers, umbrellas, and hampers.

13. Crowing Crone Joss - June 3, 2012

what a beautiful spot. thanks for sharing it with us.

nrhatch - June 3, 2012

Glad to share, Joss. It’s a special place . . . and the birds love it.

14. Paula Tohline Calhoun - June 4, 2012

Ready to pack my bags and camera. . .looks great to me!

nrhatch - June 4, 2012

When I was reading your post about the beaches on the Gulf Coast of Texas, these images came to mind.

15. Three Well Beings - June 4, 2012

Love the white sand! There are so few secluded beaches in Southern California! This is gorgeous! Debra

nrhatch - June 4, 2012

To get this degree of seclusion on NJ, NC, and MD beaches, we had to go in the middle of winter . . . during a blizzard. 😯

16. theonlycin - June 4, 2012

Gosh, it’s beautiful!

nrhatch - June 4, 2012

People can be pleasant . . . but unpopulated places appeal. 😀

17. kateshrewsday - June 4, 2012

*Drools unattractively*

nrhatch - June 4, 2012

*Hands Kate a napkin . . . from the Diamond Jubilee Tea.* 😉

18. bluebee - June 4, 2012

Beautiful and calm, and the sky and light are amazing, particularly in the first and last shots.

nrhatch - June 4, 2012

The type of day that begs to be captured.

I love the merging of sea, sky, and sand in the middle shots . . . with minimal demarcation from one to the next.

19. spilledinkguy - June 4, 2012

I would absolutely HATE to spend time there.
Or…
the exact opposite of that.
One of those.
🙂

nrhatch - June 4, 2012

Bwahaha! You’re FUNNY! 😀

20. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide - June 4, 2012

Beautiful!

nrhatch - June 4, 2012

I can well imagine why George Emerson Bean chose this spot for his homesteaded claim.

21. flyinggma - June 5, 2012

I love being off the beaten path. Just beautiful!

nrhatch - June 5, 2012

Next time you’re here, we’ll head up to Bean Point for a wander.

flyinggma - June 5, 2012

Sounds good to me. Rest, relaxation and fresh air. What better way can you spend your time while visiting with friends.

nrhatch - June 5, 2012

So many things to do and places to see . . . I never tire of this place.

22. viviankirkfield - June 5, 2012

No fast food or skyscrapers…now that really sounds better! 🙂
Beautiful photos, Nancy…clean and pristine and what nature is meant to be…thanks so much for sharing them! Is there a lot of grassroots work going on to keep the area parking lot and sign free?

nrhatch - June 5, 2012

Not really, no. The main beaches handle most visitors with parking, concessions, and restrooms . . . leaving Bean Point for the locals. 😀

23. Perfecting Motherhood - June 5, 2012

Beautiful white sand!

nrhatch - June 5, 2012

Just looking at these photos makes me feel relaxed and happy. 😎

24. cuhome - June 5, 2012

Again, you make me want to be there!! (Got a spare room?) 🙂

nrhatch - June 5, 2012

We do . . . but Tigger thinks it’s HIS room. 😀

25. Tokeloshe - June 29, 2012

Love it!


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