Crane Beach

42.685902, -70.764570
Argilla Road
Ipswich, MA 01915
Essex County

Crane Beach is located off Argilla Road in Ispwich, Massachusetts. Crane Beach is four miles of soft white sand that seems to never end. This beach is extremely family friendly offering common amenities such as bathrooms, showers, refreshments, water fountains, and picnic tables during peak season. Additionally, during peak season transportation for handicap visitors is provided and an information area is open for general questions regarding The Crane Estate. The walk to the beach is long although worth the effort. The slope to the water is gradual with large amounts of both soft sand close to the dunes and hard packed sand where the varying sized tide covers. Running around at this clean beach is easy with only sparse amounts of seaweed, rocks, and shells. With the expanse of beach real-estate, there is always a place to etch out a space even on the busiest summer days. *If planning to visit between July 11th and August 7th, plan on bringing bug spray or purchase “Skin So Soft” at the merchandise stand to help stave off greenhead flies.

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Hours Of Operation

8am to sunset; gates will allow people in 20 minutes prior to sunset.

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See the attached link for current parking rates.  
If interested in purchasing parking permits, see the link below.

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Life Guard Schedule

On duty during peak season

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Not allowed

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Crane Beach is a carry in/carry out facility that also offers limited food on-site.

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The Castle Inn on the Crane Estate is within walking distance; for more information, call (978) 412- 2555 or email Additional motels/hotels and rentals are within 5-10 minutes driving.

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Dogs and horses are not allowed on the beach from April 1st through September 30th. Dogs must be leashed at all other times.

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Picnic Area

Available on-site

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Public Transportation

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

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Restrooms / Showers

A bathhouse on-site and showers for rinsing during summer months. Off-season portable toilets are provided.

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Surfing/Kayaking/Paddle Boarding

Floatation devices are not allowed on the beach other than boogie boards and skim boards. Call regarding kayaking.

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Tide Information

Crane Beach TIde Information

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Walking Trails

There are close to 5.5 miles of trails through dunes and forest area. Crane Beach Trail Map

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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. Crane Beach Water Quality

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Water Temperature
(Click on “View more buoy data” to view water temperature.) 

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