Plum Island

42.816018, -70.817842
Northern Boulevard
Newburyport, MA 01950
Essex County

Plum Island is located off Northern Boulevard in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Plum Island, named after the beach plum shrubs that grow in the dunes, is a popular beach with locals and the surrounding area. The small parking lot limits the size of the crowds, creating a quieter beach experience. The paths to the beach are through dunes and can be a difficult walk; there is a wooden overpass provided. Once on the beach water is only steps away, has a sharp slope, and a strong undertow. The sand has small amounts of debris and seaweed, but nothing that would require water shoes. One of the additional draws to the beach is the location; Plum Island is popular with bird watchers with a variety of migrating birds stopping in the area.

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Hours Of Operation

9am to 6pm from Memorial Day to Labor Day

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Parking at Plum Island is $8 weekdays, $10 weekends and holidays. The smaller lot fills up quickly during the summer months and has handicap space available. Additional private parking lots are in the area charging different rates.

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Life Guard Schedule

On duty during summer months

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Not allowed

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Plum Island is a carry in/carry out beach with food vendors available within 5 minutes driving.

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Motels/hotels and rentals are within 5 minutes walking.

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Dogs are not allowed on the beach May 15th to September 15th. Dogs must be leashed at all other times.

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Picnic Area

Picnic tables and benches are available in the playground area.

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A playground, basketball court, and volleyball court are available on-site.

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Public Transportation

Please see the link below for times and other modes of public transportation. Summer Shuttle Information

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Restrooms / Showers

The bathhouse located between parking lot and beach, no shower for rinsing.

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Surfing/Kayaking/Paddle Boarding

Floatation devices are not allowed on the beach.

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Tide Information

Plum Island Tide Information

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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. Plum Island Water Quality

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

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