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“Beautiful but parking a hassle, visitors not welcome”

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Good Harbor Beach Inn
Ranked #11 of 17 Gloucester B&B and Inns
Reviewed 2 September 2012

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 :-)

Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 July 2012

Hotel is old but location is wonderful. Staff is friendly. You will not be happy with this hotel if you want to stay in a nice place with amenities and a pool. The beach is wonderful the rooms are old but the sheets are clean and the showers are hot. Dogs are allowed in the spring and fall.

Room Tip: Great for families with young children. Rooms open to a patio so adults can visit at night. Hotel i...
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Reviewed 14 July 2012

A friend and I did a no-husband weekend here, and got a room with twin beds and a view of the beach. It was perfect for us. The room was small, but perfectly adequate, since we spent most of our time on the beach or in town. It was very clean, in need of small repairs (e.g. a couple tiles missing in the bathroom), but the price was very reasonable, and the room even had a small frig.

It's motel-style - a parking space outside each room, and there's also a back door that leads out to a covered patio area with tables and chairs that overlooks the beach and gives you cross-ventilation.

Overall we were very happy with the service and the accommodations. Good for people with kids, as the beach is sandy and seems to have a very gradual slope - and there are lifeguards.

Room Tip: We had room 3, and you can see the beach but are a bit removed from it, so it was quiet.
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Reviewed 25 June 2012

The rooms are simple but clean, two double beds except for two rooms with a single double bed (Room 17 has tempur-pedic mattress). Right on the beach. Restaurant short walk away and the snack shop is open in the summer with drinks, snacks and sandwiches. Been going for 21 years so I guess you can tell we like it a lot!

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Reviewed 24 June 2012

Location isn't everything! This accommodation is an insult to the beautiful beach surrounding it. It opened in the early 1960's and has had NO UPDATES and LITTLE MAINTAINANCE SINCE. Don't be fooled by other descriptions, rustic it ain't, decapitated, filthy, and broken down is more like it. Decking has almost no paint left but plenty of slimey mold. Carpets, walls, furniture, and bedding are all grossly stained. There is scotch tape holding the shade together! I pulled back the bed spread on day one and found a dead fly on the pillow. I think he committed suicide, may he rest in peace! Plenty of other places to stay.

Room Tip: try one at the Cape Inn Motor Lodge or Bass Rocks Ocean Inn!
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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 June 2012

We've been regular visitors for about 4yrs now. The location right on the beach and the convenience of the courtyard make it a great place for a large family gathering. It is very rustic, maybe overpriced, but the location and views are to die for! We have found the staff to be friendly and flexible and have not regretted our stays!

Room Tip: Highly recommend room 8, it overlooks the beach and has a large deck with patio furniture.
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1  Thank MamaMo2
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Reviewed 22 April 2012

its not fancy but its rite smack on such a gorgeous beach,its like being in a cabin,rustic.. most rooms have 2 beds hot water, shower,fridge, lil heaters if ur chilly & open your door & step out on the sand its all i need ;)) lobby provides coffee & snacks for breakfast & during the summer they open their lil snack bar w/ lil basics for drinking & munching on the beach. im goin back in 4 weeks ,the sound of those waves lulls me to sleep & brings such a peace <3

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Address: 1 Salt Island Rd, Gloucester, MA 01930-1926
Region: United States > Massachusetts > Cape Ann > Gloucester
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Ranked #11 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in Gloucester
Number of rooms: 18
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