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Plum Island

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Best beach on the North Shore

I’ve been to a lot of MA beaches and Plum Island is by far the best one! Such a scenic drive... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Sweet surprise

What a wonderful surprise! Hadn’t heard much about Plum Island before coming here but was very... read more

Reviewed October 21, 2018
Westfield, Massachusetts
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Plum Island, Confluence rivière Merrimac avec l'océan Atlantique, Newburyport, MA
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I’ve been to a lot of MA beaches and Plum Island is by far the best one! Such a scenic drive, parking across the street ($10), and easy access right onto the sandy shore. No rocky beach here unlike most MA beaches. Sand that is...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed October 21, 2018

What a wonderful surprise! Hadn’t heard much about Plum Island before coming here but was very impressed. Cosy island which is mostly nature preserves and which abuts a quaint seaside town - what more could you ask for a weekend getaway? Soul food!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank CathyAC
Reviewed September 26, 2018

Oh... this is such a beautiful beach to walk on... and there is no one there! It is a must if you are nearby!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Eveline L
Reviewed September 25, 2018

Most of Plum Island is the Parker National Wildlife Refugee which is separately reviewed. The northern part of this barrier island is residential with a marina at the northern end where fishing party boats can be found. Mostly residential beach homes with a couple of...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Michael M
Reviewed September 16, 2018

This is one of the more beautiful spots north of boston. You can walk forever on the beach. It's even lovely in the winter with the right clothes on!

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank MarthaM2154
Reviewed September 10, 2018

This beach is so vast that you can really walk forever it feels like. What's even better is that Dogs are allowed on the beach after September 15th! Bathrooms are located on the facility and they are in decent condition. You can enter the beach...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank CMC_2012
Reviewed September 6, 2018 via mobile

Beautiful beach with free parking after Labor Day. Water was ice cold on a 95 degree day. Has bathrooms but they were closed.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank BeeMDWV
Reviewed August 31, 2018 via mobile

Relaxed living, beautiful quiet beach stretching for miles, amazing nature refuge, great little stores for supplies and several choices to get food. Loved loved loved it!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Caroline T
Reviewed August 20, 2018

Beautiful, relaxing .. so many different things to see .... Great family time... So many different types of beaches and walking and exploring!!! Gem..

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank joy8486
Reviewed August 11, 2018

I have been going there for 16 years.Its the only place I love to go.My family loves it.The beach are beautiful Small crowds. The water is wonderful. Great place for the whole family. Great places to eat mad martha, beachcoma. Country cottage ice crteam and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Mike B
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October 26, 2018|
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Response from MarthaM2154 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, usually they are there earlier in July
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July 25, 2017|
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Response from LYNN S | Reviewed this property |
not sure. however the neighbor town of Newburyport is very pet friendly.