Other Ideas: Castle Island & Carson Beach at Fort Independence; Salisbury Beach State Reservation; Stage Fort Park Beaches; Good Harbor Beach; Lake Boon
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Long Beach, just off Thatcher Road, is a long, protected stretch of ocean and sand, backed by a cement retaining wall and lined with summer cottages. From Long Beach you can easily view the twin lighthouses on Thacher’s Island.
The Rockport end of the beach has its own lifeguards. Gloucester lifeguards patrol the Gloucester end. You can walk from Long Beach and pass a large rocky outcropping onto Cape Hedge Beach. This is a long, beautiful beach walk from either direction.
If you plan to spend time at Rockport beaches, consider buying a seasonal pass, which is a good deal. You can purchase it at the Rockport Chamber of Commerce (Main Street) or Rockport Town Hall (Broadway).
Be aware that there are two types of parking, “Resident” parking, which the sticker doesn’t qualify for, and “Sticker” parking, which it does qualify for. Read the signs. Parking is limited so get there early on hot days.
Rockport Road, Rockport, MA map
From Gloucester you drive by Good Harbor Beach and when you get to Rockport Road you’ll see a fork with an ice cream stand. In this area there are a few small private paid parking lots a short walk from the beach. There is no public parking on the Gloucester end.
To approach from Rockport, keep going on Route 127A to Seaview Street, where there is a parking lot.
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