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“Loved this beach” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Good Harbor Beach

Good Harbor Beach
Thatcher Rd., Gloucester, MA 01930
978-281-9790
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Ranked #2 of 24 Attractions in Gloucester
Type: Beaches, Outdoors
Activities: Picnicking
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Owner description: This picturesque curved white-sandy beach with a lazy rolling surf is a favorite among Gloucester residents and visitors.
Maryland
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“Loved this beach”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

During high tide the beach is small and crowded, but as soon as the tide goes out the beach is 3 times larger. The sand is so soft, the water calm, but young people could still use boogie boards to get a short ride. I could see through the water to the sand. You can walk very far out into the water before it gets deep. There are also some small tide pools for young children. They sell and/or rent just about everything one could need for a beach excursion, so if you don't have something with you(such as buckets, boogie boards , sunscreen etc.) it is available for a reasonable price. You do need to pay for parking until 3 pm, after that it is either free or the fee is half price. I'm not sure which one. When we were there the water was in the mid 70s, but I was told it is often in the 60s during July.

Visited July 2013
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cape ann massachusetts
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“too crowded”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

too many people, i live here and have my own resident sticker. all those out of towners pay 25 dollars a day and if gloucester raised it to 50 dollars a day theyd ;rbably still pya it, becasue they come with loades of family ad then it costs 10 dollars each for a fullday. others park soewhat nearby or wlkaling a long distance and schlepp thier coolers umbrellas babies and baby strollers and other such stuff to get there....
love it when the seasons over. or a rainy day or mist....
greedy cause i live here.

Visited July 2013
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Gloucester, Massachusetts
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“Good Harbor Perfection”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Pack a lunch, umbrella, beach chairs and spend the day at Good Harbor Beach. Stay long enough and you'll be able to witness the high/low tide effect. When it's low tide, you can walk over to the island, just keep an eye out for the tide because the water is really cold, so you wouldn't want to swim back. Parking in $25 on the weekends and the lot closes early for non-residents during busy weekends. There's food available for reasonable prices. No trash bins, must take your trash home. Watch out for your food, never leave it unattended, the seagulls are very hungry and quite aggressive. They'll take the food from your hands but moreover, they're keen on searching while you're away. A perfect place for people of all ages.

Visited July 2013
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Gloucester, Massachusetts
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“the best beach”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Soft sand, nice waves, huge beach area at low tide, good swimming at high tide if one doesn't mind somehwat chilly water - typical of the north shore. Parking is an issue if one doesn;t arrive early to the public ot - which does cost. Extra fun is the walk to the island at low tide, or swimming in the 'creek' at mid-tide. There is a food stand at the center of the beach area, near parking, but most visitors bring picnics. The rule is "trash in, trash out", so please do not litter.

Visited July 2013
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“wicked waves”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Great beach for all, great for body surfing. $25 fee to get in, so get in early the beach fills up quick and will shut off tourists. The parking lot has a limit for parking.

Visited June 2013
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