Good Harbor Beach

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Good Harbour Beach is a public beach which sits at the mouth of a river, opposite Salt Island just east of the city of Gloucester. During low tide, visitors can even walk to Salt Island. Access to Good Harbor Beach is via its dedicated car park off Thatcher Road, or via the footbridge which crosses the river mouth at the beach’s western end, close to its volleyball courts.

Surrounded by dunes and marshes, Good Harbor Beach has excellent swimming conditions, while bodyboarding is another popular way of enjoying the waves.

Formed of attractive white sands, there are restrooms and showers, a concession stand at the main entrance, and lifeguard patrols during the summer. Non-resident parking permits need to be purchased online before arrival. 

Dogs are prohibited from Good Harbor Beach from the beginning of April until the end of September.

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Dogs are allowed on the beach from October to March as long as they are on-leash

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  • Surfing

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