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A Visit to Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester, MA

Best beaches to visit in MassachusettsA Visit to Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester, MA

Gloucester's Good Harbor Beach is a beautiful beach with powdery white sand and great waves, facing the Atlantic.  Featuring great waves, zero entry, and a good amount of space, Good Harbor is a favorite among Boston area beach goers.

There is a reasonably priced concession stand (burgers, grilled cheese, drinks, slush, and ice cream), rest rooms, and showers from 9:00am - 6:00pm.   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 out to the left.  To the right, the Annisquam River inlet creates a a saltwater tidal estuary for an additional place to explore and enjoy the breeze. 

Beach Parking fills up on hot summer days so it's best for non-residents to get there early, or arrive after 5:00pm.  Daily parking updates can be found here.

If you have a resident beach sticker, you can park at the public beaches without paying the daily rate. Beach stickers allow parking at Good Harbor Beach, Wingaersheek Beach, and Stage Fort Park.

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. 

(Insider tip: low tide affords a much larger beach area to enjoy for everyone, so it's a great time to plan your visit).  Check the tide charts here.)

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

If you are interested in finding out about other 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!