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North Shore Beach & Parking Info

Here at Atlantic Vacation Homes, we know that nothing beats a trip to the beach on a hot summer day, but planning ahead of time is a good idea if you are bringing a car. Each of the local cities and towns have distinct parking policies and prices that can vary depending on residency and day of the week. Below is a handy guide to local beach parking information for Cape Ann and surrounding towns that will help you and your family get to the surf and sand hassle-free.

 

Gloucester Beaches

Good Harbor Beach

Good Harbor Beach - Gloucester MAPublic Parking Rates (2016):

  • Weekdays - $25 per vehicle
  • Weekends & Holidays - $30 per vehicle
  • Space is limited so you will need to arrive early on a nice day in order to get a parking space. Gates are open 8:00a-9:00p

Wingaersheek Beach

Public Parking Rates (2016):

  • Weekdays - $25 per vehicle
  • Weekends & Holidays - $30 per vehicle
  • Space is limited so you will need to arrive early on a nice day in order to get a parking space. Gates are open 8:00a-9:00p

Half Moon Beach - Stage Fort Park - Gloucester MAStage Fort Park / Half Moon Beach / Cressy’s Beach​ 

Public Parking Rates (2016):
•    Weekdays - $10 per vehicle
•    Weekends & Holidays - $15 per vehicle

Niles Beach

Parking is limited and restricted to vehicles with a current City of Gloucester beach sticker.

Pavilion Beach

Parking is limited. Area street parking available (metered).

Plum Cove Beach

Parking is limited and restricted to vehicles with a current City of Gloucester beach sticker.

Non-Resident Gloucester Beach Parking Sticker Rates (2016) 

(Free Parking with sticker)

  • Seasonal renter (60 or more days) $50
  • Essex & Rockport Residents $250
  • Other non-residents (200 available) $250 

Gloucester Resident Beach Parking Sticker Rates (2016)

(Free Parking with sticker)

  • Full Time Residents    $20 
  • Non-Resident Property Owners $20
  • Non-Resident Senior Property Owners $20
  • Stationed AF Servicemember $20
  • Residential Senior Citizens $5 (valid for 5 years)

For Gloucester, Beach Sticker inquiries:

 

Rockport Beaches

​Long Beach & Cape Hedge Beach

  • Non-Resident beach stickers allow parking at Seaview Street Parking lot. 
  • There is also limited parking on South Street.    

Old Garden Beach

  • Very limited parking

Front Beach

  • Limited street (meter) parking & private lot
  • Alternate option: Drive your car to the Park & Ride lot on Route 127 near the Rockport Information Booth, pay to park, and ride the trolley to the beach.

Back Beach

  • Limited street (meter) parking

​Pebble Beach

  • Very limited parking

Non-Resident Rockport Beach Sticker Rates (2016)

  • Non-Resident Beach Sticker - $150
  • Access Cape Hedge Beach and Long Beach only

Resident Rockport General Parking Sticker Rates (2016)

  • Resident Parking Sticker - $35
  • Resident Senior Parking Sticker - $25

Apply for Sticker via the Town of Rockport

 

Manchester-by-the-Sea Beaches

Singing Beach

  • Non-Resident Parking $25  
  • Non-Resident Parking available Mon-Fri (excludes holiday weekends), June 14th until Labor Day.
  • Non-Resident Parking is at Masconomo Park (0.5mi away from the beach) 
  • Yellow spaces are designated non-resident.  
  • Additional parking is located in downtown Manchester near the train station in the 2-hour spaces. 
  • The Boy Scouts sells parking spaces behind the train station for $25 on weekends during the summer.

Walk on fee $5 (per person over age 12)

  • 9:00am-5:00pm every day when staff is on duty through Labor Day.

 

 

Essex / Hamilton Waterfront

Chebacco Lake

While not a beach, Chebacco Lake is an amazing boating/kayaking spot that you won’t want to miss.

  • There is a public access boat ramp near 340 Chebacco Road, close to the Manchester-by-the-Sea town line
  • There is no charge to use the ramp.
  • The parking lot can hold about 17 vehicles with boat trailers
    • Any overflow of vehicles is sent to the old closed town beach area, just down the road on Chebacco Road, to park.
    • Alternate parking located at Centennial Grove, located at the end of Centennial Grove Road on the Essex-Hamilton line. 

 

 

Ipswich Beaches

Crane Beach

Summer Season Non-Member Prices

  • Car: $25 weekend, $20 weekdays
  • Motorcycle: $5
  • Bike/Foot: $2
  • Bus: $75

Crane Beach Parking Stickers

 In order to purchase a Crane Beach Parking Sticker, a Trustees Membership is required

  • One may purchase a Trustees membership and a beach sticker at the following rates
  • If one is already a member of the Trustees, stickers may be purchased for $75
  • Individual Membership + 1 Sticker $122
  • Individual Student/Senior Membership + 1 Sticker $112
  • Family Membership + 1 Sticker $142
  • Family Membership + 2 Stickers $217
  • Find Additional Options and More Information the Crane Beach website 

 

Tide Chart

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