Winthrop Beach

42.374548, -70.970061
Winthrop Beach Link
Winthrop Shore Drive
Winthrop, MA 02152
(781) 485-2803
Suffolk County

Winthrop Beach is located on Winthrop Shore Drive in Winthrop, Massachusetts. This mid-size beach is seldom crowded and generally filled with locals rather than visitors from other areas of the state. The first thing noticed when arriving at the beach is five wave breakers called “the five sisters” that help protect the local neighborhood from waves generated during storms. The sand is soft, with scattered dune grass; the beach is mildly rocky away from the water and extremely rocky toward the water, particularly during low-tide. In addition to traditional beach activities, planes can be viewed landing at Logan Airport, and cruise ships are visible traveling slowly at a distance.

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Hours Of Operation

Sunrise to sunset

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Free and available on Winthrop Shore Drive

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Life Guard Schedule

On-site during late June to early September

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Not allowed

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Carry in/carry out beach; one restaurant is within walking distance, and all other food vendors are 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 April 1st – September 15th

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Picnic Area


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Steps away from the beach, the playground is immaculate. A basketball hoop, hockey nets, play area for younger kids, and a gazebo with seating.

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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

Restrooms are available onsite on the opposite side of Winthrop Shore Drive between Coral Ave and Mermaid Ave.

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Surfing/Kayaking/Paddle Boarding


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Walking Trails

No walking trails at Winthrop Beach; a sidewalk is available for walkers and joggers, and Deer Island Park nearby has 5 miles of 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 2004 to the current year. No swimming is allowed at Deer Island Park. Winthrop Beach Water Quality

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

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