5 Best – Beaches of Greater Newburyport

a159ecc7f450be2ebba37712cbd99332It’s that time of year again. Beach season. If you are from New England, it probably means you have a strong opinion on where to go, what to bring and what it means to own the perfect beach chair. Around these parts, beach is life. If it isn’t raining you can assume that our local seashores are chock-full of people trying to catch some rays and take a dip. We have narrowed it down to the top 5 and giving you the details on why it’s great. Here’s to a happy and safe summer. Because really, is there anything better than summer in New England?

bd - lifeguard stationCrane Beach, Ipswich – Known as one of the best around. Well maintained with life guards and rangers on duty. Memorial Day-Labor Day non-residents have to pay $25 for weekday parking and $30 on the weekends and holidays. You get what you pay for. The sand is smooth without many rocks and even on the busiest of days you feel like you aren’t right on top of the next guy. The water is clean and calm, perfect for youngsters. Clean restrooms and changing station. Outdoor showers, water fountains and a Crane Beach store with food and merchandise. The only downfall is the green heads. Best to go in June and late July & August. For the majority of July they have been known to be pretty brutal. Bonus perk of buying a pass to Crane beach is you have free entry into the Castle Hill grounds (has to be same day) so check out the estate before heading home for the day. No dogs during peak season.

CoastalExposure_GoodHarbor_04Good Harbor Beach, Gloucester – Come early because it fills up fast. Gates open at 8:00 am. One of the most popular beaches on the north shore. Clean water & soft sand. $25 for weekday and $30 for weekend & holidays. Life guards on duty between Memorial Day-Labor Day everyday between 9:00-5:00pm. All flotation devices for the exception of boogie boards are prohibited. Concession stand has food, drinks and beach toys. Waves can get big so plan for that when you are bringing your children. Clean bathrooms and outdoor showers. It’s a busy beach but because the space is limited in the parking lot, it limits the amount of people that are there but definitely crowded on nice days. No dogs during peak seasons.

Kids-at-Wingaersheek-BeachWingaersheek Beach, Gloucester – Runs along the Annisquam River and Ipswich Bay and during low tide has a great sand bar perfect for walking and playing. Life guards on duty Memorial Day-Labor Day daily from 9:00am-5:00pm. Beach gates open at 8:00am. Clean restrooms and concession with food, drinks and beach toys. Outdoor showers. The water is clean and crystal clear in some parts and there are large rocks that you can climb on at low tide. Large beach that stretches down for a while and stays shallow for quite some time. Perfect for youngsters. Not too wavy with calmer waters. No boogie boards allowed. No dogs during peak season. Green heads can be prevalent so plan for that.

plum.2-1024x683Plum Island Beach, Plum Island – Private parking lots near the beach entrance up to $10. Go early on nice days, parking can fill up fast. Clean beach area with lifeguards on duty from the beginning of school vacation to Labor Day. Waves can get big so plan accordingly. Great for laying out and taking a dip but a haven for bird lovers and kayakers. No concession stand but restaurants nearby. Restrooms available in parking lots 1 & 4. Green heads can be prevalent during peak months.

large-salisbury-beach_031_credit-gary-miles-resizedSalisbury Beach, Salisbury – Huge renovation and project to clean up the beach and make it more of a beach destination is underway. Three large parking lots, $16 (more for non-ma residents). Newly constructed comfort stations that provide bathrooms, changing stalls and outdoor showers. Waves can get big and there can be a rip tide so prepare for that. Great water conditions for surfing. Life guards on duty (weather permitting) from Memorial Day-Labor Day 10:00am-4:45pm. No pets. No concessions but lots of restaurants and places to eat in the beach center area. Beach events are held regularly.


Photo sources: Beach/Crane Beach/Good Harbour/Wingaersheek/Plum Island/Salisbury

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