Beaches

Whatever the season, nothing beats a long walk on the beach. Explore all of the seaside views on your doorstep!

Good Harbor Beach

A local favorite, and it`s no secret why - Good Harbor beach has white sands and wave action for the ocean lovers. Restrooms and showers are available, and life guards are on duty from Memorial day to Labor day, 9 to 5 pm. Be sure to get there early - despite it`s long stretch of sand, this beach fills up quickly during peak months. Parking is $25 during the week, and $30 on the weekend.
Location: Thatcher Road, Rte 127A

Wingaersheek Beach

Find calmer waters and views of the Annisquam River at Wingaersheek beach. Wingaersheek is a popular destination for local boaters; it`s is a great venue for the kids to explore tidepools and climb impressive rocks that look over Ipswich Bay. Wingaersheek, like Good Harbor, is very popular and it is recommended that you plan to arrive early on a fair weather day! Parking is $25 during hte week, and $30 on the weekend. Flotation devices are not permitted, so leave the boogie boards at home!
Location: Atlantic Street off Rte. 133

Front Beach

For the perfect slice of seaside town life, head to Front Beach in downtown Rockport. This modest yet accommodating beach is at the heart of local life, looking out over Sandy Bay. Open all year round, you are only a staircase away from the quaint shopping experience of bearskin neck, as well as Mill Brook Meadow Park if you prefer some grass between your toes. Plenty of parking is available in the surrounding streets, as well as restroom and shower facilities.
Location: Beach Street, Rockport

Long Beach

True to it`s name, Long Beach is a peaceful, flat stretch of fine sand facing east towards the twin lighthouses on Thacher`s Island. It stretches between Rockport and Gloucester, though parking is only provided on the Rockport end. Parking is $25 on weekdays and $30 on weekends.
Location: Gloucester/Rockport line off Thatcher Road

Cape Hedge Beach

If you`re looking for something on the quieter side, indulge the rocky shores of Cape Hedge Beach. A short walk from Long Beach, this secluded beach is much smaller and less visited than the big sandy beaches. Parking is limited, so consider getting dropped off or walking to this lovely spot.
Location: South Street, Rockport

Niles Beach

Enjoyed primarily by residents, Niles Beach is an option to visitors who can reach it on foot or via taxi. On a clear day you might glimpse the city of Boston on the horizon.
Location: Eastern Point Road, Gloucester

Back Beach

Kayaking, paddleboarding, or SCUBA fanatic? Take your crew to Back Beach for centrally located beach adventures. Back beach is a short walk from Front Beach, benefiting from the same proximity to downtown Rockport. It additionally has bathroom and changing facilities. It`s important to know that not all beaches allow flotation devices, so do check the web pages before bringing along your gear.
Location: Beach Street, Rockport

Loblolly Cove

For a quieter, more secluded beach experience retreat to Loblolly. A rocky beach with calm waters, it is perfect for SCUBA, paddleboarding, snorkeling, or kayaking. It is also know for it`s abundant wildlife, such as seals.
Location: http://www.rockportusa.com/attractions/lob-lolly-cove/