The beach itself is beautiful, the sand is clean and soft, there are good waves in the (very cold) water, there's an island you can walk to and an area of shallow water with rocks (kids enjoy finding crabs etc there). There are rinsing showers and clean restrooms. There are lifeguards on duty but they don't really help and serve, they actually enforce stupid laws (like kids are not allowed to enter the water with floatation devices, even with a parent holding their hand).
The big problem on a weekend is- parking is a hassle and pretty much impossible. The parking lot is limited and residents have the priority, so if you get there between 11am and 2pm you're out of luck. They let you drop off your family and tell you to drive downtown. That's over two miles away in slow local roads, then you look for the visitors center to find out the shuttle only leaves once an hour... there are several large parking lots close to the beach, but those belong to shopping centers, and there are many signs that prohibit beach parking. It took me about an hour (!!) till I finally found a legal parking spot in a nearby residential area. So it was a hassle for me and my family, and Gloucester missed out bcz we didn't pay anything to enter the beach, and we didn't buy anything at the shopping centers that did not welcome us.
Overall the Good Harbor beach is beautiful and fun, good for building sand castles or playing volleyball, or just relaxing. But you have to get there early (before 10am) and bring your own beach umbrella or tent as there are no shading structures. Enjoy :-)
- Also Known As:
- Good Harbor Beach Hotel Gloucester