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Best Beaches on Cape Ann

June 6, 2019

Nothing soothes the soul like a walk on the beach.” Author Unknown

Whether your soul needs healing, rejuvenation, or just some time away from the stress of work, nothing can beat the beaches found on the North Shore of Massachusetts on, what is known as, the “other Cape,” Cape Ann.

Rockport, Gloucester, and Manchester-By-The-Sea are the three towns that comprise the beautiful coastal area known as Cape Ann. This region is known for its quintessential New England character, shops, restaurants and, most of all, for the beautiful beaches that line our shores. There are close to twenty beaches of varying sizes, sand texture, views, and surf to choose from. Some of our stunning beaches have been rated top beaches in Massachusetts and New England!


Front Beach is located right in the heart of downtown Rockport. It is conveniently near shops and inns. Coincidentally, this beach is located on Sandy Bay and is just a few minutes from our inn.

Pebble Beach is aptly named as it is covered in soft round pebbles instead of sand. Many visitors love this beach because you can often sit and enjoy watching the seals play or local divers exploring the shoreline. Bring shoes and a chair so you can sit and warm your toes on the soft pebbles.

Long Beach is also a unique beach in that it has beautiful views of the Twin Lighthouses on Thatcher Island. This long stretch of beach is just minutes from our inn and guarded with lifeguards for protected swimming.


Wingaersheek Beach is one of the best beaches in Massachusetts. Its wide expanse, sandy dunes, and tranquil waters are a favorite for every age group. Children love the tide pools and large rocks to play around. The views, although sheltered from the open ocean are spectacular!

Good Harbor Beach is one of the favorite beaches for locals and tourists alike. The views of the open ocean are simply amazing and the long stretch of soft sand makes for great walking or playing.

Half Moon Beach at Stage Fort Park is a hidden jewel that allows for quiet bathing and shady naps on the beach. Located within Stage Fort Park, visitors can check out Pavillion Beach at the same time or picnic on the grassy lawn of the park. The views of Gloucester Harbor will make for postcard-perfect pictures.


If you are looking for soft sand and deep blue waters, Singing Beach is the place to seek out in Manchester-By-The-Sea. Take the train to downtown Manchester and walk up to the beach for a day of seal watching, swimming, and walking on the sand that “sings.”

It is hard to decide which beach is our favorite, and lucky for us we get to be around them year ‘round here at the Pleasant Street Inn. Each one is so unique but here are just a few of our favorites. Talk to us about what type of experience you would like in a beach and we can point you in the right direction. All of these beaches are mere minutes driving or walking distance from our inn.