Things to do...

Old Garden Beach

Old Garden Beach is a secluded beach within walking distance of the Seafarer Inn at only 0.6 miles away. Picnic tables overlook the beach and is a great place to have lunch. Parking is limited - plan on walking or going on a bike ride to get there.

There are no bathrooms or concessions at this beach.

Details
Distance from The Seafarer Inn: 0.6 miles
Parking: Very limited parking - Rockport resident sticker required
Price: Free
Telephone: N/A

Front Beach

Front Beach is a very active Rockport beach in the summer time. The beach offers a great view year-round.

Bathrooms and concessions available.

Details
Distance from The Seafarer Inn: 1.5 miles
Parking: Limited 2-hour metered parking
Price: Free (bring change for parking)
Telephone: N/A
Hours: Year-round

Back Beach

Back Beach (Rockport) is the location of the annual fourth of July bonfire and provides a nice place to sit with great views of downtown Rockport and Bearskin Neck.

Details
Distance from The Seafarer Inn: 1.7 miles
Parking: Limited 2-hour metered parking
Price: Free (bring change for parking)
Telephone: N/A
Hours: Year-round

Wingaersheek Beach

Wingaersheek Beach is a very popular beach in Gloucester. Parking is relatively expensive and can take a long time during the summer, but don't be deterred--it's worth the wait. The water is still, shallow, and warm, esp. at low tide, making it a great place to spend the day. This beach has concessions, restrooms, and showers.

Details
Distance from The Seafarer Inn: 10.4 miles
Parking: $20/weekday; $25/weekend
Price: $20/weekday; $25/weekend
Telephone: N/A
Hours: Year-round

Crane's Beach (Ipswich)

Crane Beach is one of the most scenic beaches north of Boston, with over four miles of white sand. The white sands of Crane Beach stretch along both sides of Castle Neck, forming one of the most picturesque swimming beaches in all of New England. Make sure to visit this expansive beach for the annual sand building event in August.

Bathrooms and concessions available.

Details
Distance from The Seafarer Inn: 17.6 miles
Parking: $20
Price: $20
Telephone: N/A
Hours: Year-round

Long Beach (Rockport)

Long Beach, off Thatcher Road, is another long, protected stretch of ocean and sand, backed by a cement retaining wall and lined with summer cottages. From Long Beach you can easily view the twin lighthouses on Thacher's Island. The Rockport side of this beautiful beach has lifeguards on duty.

This beach has no bathroom or concessions.

Details
Distance from The Seafarer Inn: 2.1 miles
Parking: Park at Cape Hedge Beach and walk over to Long. Rockport resident sticker required.
Price: Free
Telephone: N/A
Hours: Year-round

Cape Hedge Beach

Cape Hedge beach is situated between Pebble beach and Long beach. It's worth a visit. We like to go there and eat subs during sunset.

Details
Distance from The Seafarer Inn: 2.1 miles
Parking: Limited - Rockport resident sticker required
Price: Free
Telephone: N/A
Hours: Seasonal. Closed during the winter.

Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach is covered by smooth rocks and pebbles. Pebble beach can be a great walk or bike ride for guests of the Seafarer Inn.

Details
Distance from The Seafarer Inn: 2.5 miles
Parking: Limited parking - Rockport resident sticker required
Price: Free
Telephone: N/A
Hours: Year-round

Good Harbor Beach

Good Harbor beach is very popular as there is ample parking, bathrooms, showers, concessions, and plenty of sand. This being the case, plan on getting there early to secure parking or get dropped off. This beach won't disappoint.

Details
Distance from The Seafarer Inn: 3.6 miles
Parking: Parking is limited so plan to arrive early.
Price: $20 during the week / $25 on weekends
Telephone: N/A
Hours: Seasonal. Closed for the winter.

Half Moon Beach

Facing Gloucester Harbor, this is a relatively small sandy beach with great swimming. It's a very pleasant setting with a high rocky knoll behind. Because the park surrounds the beach you can get out of the sun easily if you want, absorbing the breathtaking views in the comfort of the cool shade. The view across the harbor as you sit on the beach is picturesque and constantly changing with a parade of distant whale watch, fishing and sailboats going by.

Bathrooms and concessions available.

Details
Distance from The Seafarer Inn: 6.5 miles
Parking: Metered Parking
Price: Free
Telephone: N/A
Hours: Year-round

Niles Beach (Gloucester)

On a clear day, Niles Beach has a view of Boston. It also has views of mansions on Gloucester's Eastern Point. Niles beach is sandy, small, and usually uncrowded, so it's perfect place for couples to explore.

This beach has no bathrooms or concessions.

Details
Distance from The Seafarer Inn: 6.5 miles
Parking: Park up the street and walk to the beach. May require some creativity.
Price: Free
Telephone: N/A
Hours: Year-round

Cressy's Beach

Cressy's Beach consists of a quaint sandy beach speckled with stones and glistening sea glass. Above the sea wall is a large grassy field that's part of Stage Fort Park where children can run in the field, play baseball, or climb on the jungle Jim.

Bathrooms and concessions available.

Details
Distance from The Seafarer Inn: 6.9 miles
Parking: Metered Parking
Price: Free
Telephone: N/A
Hours: Year-round