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Beach parking options/areas North of Boston

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Beach parking options/areas North of Boston

Have been reading threads on beach areas & see that many of the nice ones (Cranes, Good Harbor,Singing Beach) seem to have very steep parking fees of $20-$25;Are the "official" parking lots generally the only option,or are there alternatives. (I know in Rhode Island,the state beach fees are also steep,but there are private lots basically across the street for less). We Like a beach with some waves & maybe a shower.Don't mind walking a bit. Would be there on a Sunday 8/23,thanks for any tips...

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1. Re: Beach parking options/areas North of Boston

No alternatives that I know of, but Revere Beach parking is absolutely free!!

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2. Re: Beach parking options/areas North of Boston

I am familiar with Good Harbor and know of no alternatives to the high parking fees. On a Sunday in nice weather plan to get there early to get a spot.

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3. Re: Beach parking options/areas North of Boston

You can take the MBTA commuter rail to Singing Beach (Manchester station, then a 10-min. walk) and then pay only $5/person to enter rather than $25 to park. There are shower facilities there, but not much wave action.

Of course, when you consider roundtrip train fare for two or more people plus the entrance fee, this really isn't much of a savings, though you would at least save the gas & mileage on your vehicle.

The Newburyport chamber of commerce is sponsoring a shuttle that goes from the train station to the downtown area and then to Plum Island, where there are some nice beaches. Bus fare is $2 each way.

http://www.newburyportchamber.org/

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4. Re: Beach parking options/areas North of Boston

Have you considered Hampton Beach, which isn't all that far from Boston?

http://www.hamptonbeach.com/map.html

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5. Re: Beach parking options/areas North of Boston

just checked the weather report for the weekend. You might try the Cape if you like waves.

"Right now, the closest [Bill] will pass to us will be about 300 miles southeast of Nantucket early Sunday morning. Too far away for rain/wind issues but he will generate some pretty big waves late in the day Saturday and again on Sunday--especially on Nantucket and the east-facing beaches on Cape Cod. Stay tuned." --Channel 7

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6. Re: Beach parking options/areas North of Boston

Niles Beach on the harbor in Gloucester usually has (free) on-street parking nearby for non-residents. With a nice view of the harbor and Eastern Point, but a bit pebble-y, it seems to be where all the local mothers take their small children.

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