Back Beach

42.661700, -70.624036
http://www.rockportma.gov/sites/rockportma/files/uploads/beach_parks_rules_and_regs2011.pdf  
Beach Street
Rockport, MA 01966
(978) 546-3791
Essex County

Back Beach is located on Beach Street in Rockport, Massachusetts. A huge rock seawall and natural rock wall encapsulates the small beach area. During low tide the right side of the beach (facing the ocean) is blanketed with larger rocks. The left side and middle of the beach have an open area of hard packed sand, which is perfect for relaxing on the beach. The gradual beach descent combined with the calm clear water (depending on the weather) makes entry into the water easy and popular with scuba divers. Pebbles and seaweed are visible in the water; high-tide can present difficulties as the beach does a disappearing act. For the Rockport area, Back Beach is a small beach with a big view.

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Hours Of Operation

6am - 11pm

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Parking

Metered and resident parking is available at the beach.

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Life Guard Schedule

N/A

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Campfires

Not allowed, unless approved by the Board of Selectmen and the Fire Chief. Additionally, fires must be in a charcoal or propane burner.

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Food

Back Beach is a carry in/carry out location with food available within walking distance.

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Lodging

Motels/hotels and rentals are within 5-10 minutes walking distance.

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Pets

Not allowed on the beach from June 1st through September 15th; dogs must be on a leash or under voice control.

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Picnic Area

N/A

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Playground

Mill Brook Meadow Park is located within walking distance.

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Public Transportation

The Cape Ann Transportation Authority (CATA) is another option for transportation.
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Restrooms / Showers

Restrooms are located across the street from the beach near the parking area.

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Surfing/Kayaking/Paddle Boarding

Surfing is permitted with the exception of 8am through 5pm from June 15th through September 15th.

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Tide Information

Back Beach Tide Information

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Walking Trails

N/A

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Water Quality

Water quality is monitored from Memorial Day to Labor Day. For more information please call (617) 626-1250. The accepted standard is 104 CFU/100mL in a single day or an average of 35 CFU/100mL over five days. The link below is the test results from 2003 to the current year. Back Beach Water Quality

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Water Temperature

http://ma.usharbors.com/harbor-guide/rockport/weather
(Click on “View more buoy data” to view water temperature.)

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