Preston Beach

42.478727, -70.880098
Atlantic Avenue
Swampscott, MA 01907
(781) 592-2465
Essex County

Preston Beach is located on Atlantic Avenue in Swampscott, Massachusetts. The mile long beach is rock-filled at the entrance with hard packed sand beyond the rocks. There is a gradual slope toward the water with open space during low-tide and no beach space during high-tide. Preston Beach is perfect for a relaxing day whether you’re on the beach or Beach Bluff Park. 

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Hours Of Operation

Sunrise to sunset

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Preston Beach parking requires a recreation permit from May 1st to October 1st; all other times street parking is available along Atlantic Avenue. Parking stickers are available through the Clifton Improvement Association at $50 for the season for members (anyone can become a member) and $10 per day for non-members

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Life Guard Schedule

No lifeguards on duty

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Not allowed

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

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Hotel/motels and rentals are within 5 minutes driving.

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Not allowed on the beach from May 20th through October 1st

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Picnic Area


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Public Transportation

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

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Restrooms / Showers

No restrooms; a shower is available for rinsing feet.

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Surfing/Kayaking/Paddle Boarding

Water sports are allowed.

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Walking Trails

Beach Bluff Park is on-site; there’s a small pathway with benches.

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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. Phillip's Beach Water Quality

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

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