6 Great Beaches to Visit
Good Harbor Beach
Located on Thatcher Road, Good Harbor is a half-mile barrier beach with a headlanded rocky shore and salt marsh protected by sand dunes. Small, shrub-covered Salt Island is accessible at low tide.
Good Harbor is one of the most popular beaches north of Boston. Even on very hot summer weekends the beach is not overly crowded because of it expansive size.
There is a concession, rest rooms and showers. Parking fee. Parking is limited so plan to arrive early.
Directions: Bass Ave. and Thatcher Rd. intersection, take a left. The beach will be on your right.
This beach is notorious for its kid-friendly waters. The ocean, which is relatively warm for the North Shore, is always still. From its setting on Ipswich Bay, it offers a protected, gently sloping beach with a separate wading area at low tide. Beachcombers can walk almost to the harbor marker at low tide and reach the Annisquam River. View the boats meandering by on this beautiful beach along the Annisquam River and Ipswich Bay. There is a concession, rest rooms and showers. Parking fee.Parking is limited so plan to arrive early.
Directions: On the corner of Concord and Atlantic St. Take a right. Follow this along to the beach.
Stage Fort Park & Beaches
Overlooking historic Gloucester Harbor and bound on two sides by Cressey and Half Moon beaches, Stage Fort Park offers picnic areas with barbeque pits, a full visitor information center, a playground, and plenty of parking! This area was the site for the city’s first settlement in 1623. Enjoy outdoor concerts and storytelling in season. The park is pet friendly, but the beach is not. There are staff available at the center to answer questions from whale watching schedules to the freshest seafood stops.
Directions: Take right onto Rte 133. Follow to the end with harbor in front. Go right. The park is on the left.
On East Main Street, offers a view of Boston in the distance as well as of the mansions on Gloucester’s Eastern Point. Niles Beach is the perfect destination for the vacationer who wants the perfect swimming, sunbathing, scuba diving beach without all of the crowds. This beach is sticker parking only.
Access from Boulevard or through Beach Court. No parking. Located on the eastern end of Stacy Boulevard
Plum Cove Beach
This beach looks out over Ipswich Bay, and located on Washington St. in the northern section. This beach is sticker parking only.