Good Harbor Beach

42.620280, -70.631909
Thatcher Road
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 281-9785
Essex County

Good Harbor Beach is located off of Route 127A and Thatcher Road in Gloucester, Massachusetts. This beach is a popular destination during the summer months with the local and surrounding communities. This exceptionally clean beach has a gradual descent down to the water which is perfect for children and older generations, with moderate to smaller waves depending on the weather. Soft sand blankets the entrances and areas closest to the dunes. The hard-packed sand is mostly debris-free and perfect for running and beach games. Low-tide creates a completely different enjoyment level; when the tide is out beach becomes much more spacious with warm tidal pools and a sand bar appears for access to Salt Island. Droves of people cross when the tide is out, and many will explore Salt Island and the encompassing area. The Little Good Harbor inlet also is revealed, creating mini tidal pools, textured sand, and areas for people of all ages to explore. Good Harbor Beach is perfect for families or anyone who wants to enjoy a day at the beach.

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Hours Of Operation

Gates open at 8am, close at 9pm from April 1st to October 31st annually.

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Parking rates at Good Harbor Beach from Memorial Day to Labor Day are: 8am to 3pm: $25-$40 (depending on the size of vehicle) for non-residents on weekends/holidays and $20 weekdays. 3pm-5pm: $15-$25 weekends/holidays and $10 weekdays.
The parking lot does fill up on summer weekends and parking attendants will turn cars away unless a resident sticker is on the car.  Buses are not allowed to park in the parking lot, and large groups are required to purchase a permit ($25-$40 depending on bus size). All large groups must make a reservation and receive a permit prior to arrival. There are numerous handicap spaces available in the parking lot, and for a beach wheel chair, make inquires at the collection booth. After Labor Day reduced rates are charged. For resident and non-resident sticker rates see the link. Resident and Non-Resident Sticker Information 
Good Harbor Beach is crowded during weekends during summer months; it's best to arrive early to secure a parking spot. The parking lot is open from 8am – 9pm. Guest vouchers are available that will take $10 off the parking cost.

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Life Guard Schedule

On duty Memorial Day to Labor, Day 9am to 5pm daily

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Not allowed

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Good Harbor Beach is a carry in/carry out location that also sells food near the bathhouse. In addition, there is a snack bar that is located to the left of the beach (facing the water). Both locations are open from 9am to 6pm. Locals often have pizzas delivered to the bridge connecting to Nautilus Road.

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Motels/hotels and rentals are within walking distance.

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Dogs are not allowed on the beach from May 1st through September 30th. According to Wikipedia in January, 2015 a law was passed that forbids unleashing dogs on even number days; off-leashed dogs are welcome on odd numbered days.

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Picnic Area

Available near the concession stand

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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 available on-site 9am to 6pm daily

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Surfing/Kayaking/Paddle Boarding

Surfing is not allowed Memorial Day through Labor Day 9am – 5pm, without permission of the life guards. No other floatation devices other than boogie boards are allowed.

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Walking Trails


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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. Good Harbor Beach Water Quality

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

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