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Hours:Hours Vary see below
Ages:Toddlers, Kids, Teens, Adults
Cost:$$$ see below
good harbor beach photoGloucester's Good Harbor Beach is a beautiful beach with powdery white sand and great waves, facing the Atlantic. View our photo guide

There is a concession stand at the main entrance that features burgers, grilled cheese, drinks, slush, and ice cream. Rest rooms and showers are available until 5pm - and then a portable toilet is on hand for after hours. Good Harbor is particularly amenable to families and children.

During low tide there is a sand bar that opens up to the left so you can walk out to the rocky island. Low tide also leaves lots of room for digging, or passing a football or frisbee. Boogie boards are welcome at Good Harbor Beach, and the waves are great at both low & high tides.

Check the tide charts here.

Gloucester Beach Parking Reservations 2024
The city of Gloucester is launching “Blinkay”, a new system that will let non-residents reserve and pay for parking at city beaches ahead of time. View Parking FAQ

Visitors can grab a spot up to 10 days before they hit the beach, a move that will guarantee them a prepaid spot if spots are available. Reserve a Parking Spot. There is no reservation required for Gloucester residents.

Don't forget that reservations are required for non-residents at Good Harbor, Wingaersheek, and Stage Fort Park starting Memorial Day! You can reserve your space up to 10 days in advance on the Blinkay mobile app or Blinkay website.

They will be using license plate reader cameras at the beaches to check visitors in and streamline the process.

Parking at Good Harbor Beach/Wingaersheek Beach:
8:00am - 5:00pm Parking fee is $30 weekdays per car; $35 weekends/holidays.
3:00pm to 5:00pm [Partial-Day Rate, available day-of]: $20.00 weekdays; $25.00 weekends, holidays
Parking is limited and reservations are now required. There is a designated area for resident parking as well.

This is a carry-in/carry-out beach. You must take your trash with you.

If you are interested in finding out about other great beaches near Boston, we've put together a list of some of our very favorite beaches that are all within an hour's drive of Boston, or less!

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9am - 5pm
Gates open at 8am and close at 9pm

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Memorial Day thru Labor Day (**parking fees will apply until October)
$30.00 weekdays, $35.00 weekends, holidays

Visit the Gloucester Beach Facebook Page for information on daily parking availability.



Thatcher Road; Rte. 127A, Gloucester, MA map

Take Rte. 128 into Gloucester. Follow the signs for East Gloucester/Rockport. Go through two rotaries. Go through the first set of lights. At the second set of lights take a left onto Bass Avenue. Follow that for about a mile. At the intersection of Bass Avenue and Thatcher Rd. Take a left. You will see the beach off to the right.

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5-starAwesome Beach
This is a beautiful beach and great for kids. Since the cost is a bit prohibitive, I don't go often, but this one is a gem.
5-starGreat Beach
hey, i love going to the beach, and i always go to Good Harbor. its really clean, not like some other beaches that have trash all over them. I like it, it's a fun place.


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