Masthead Friends of Good Harbor

Good Harbor Beach

The following description of Good Harbor Beach appears on the web site for the City of Gloucester.

Located on Thatcher Road, Rte 127A, Good Harbor is a beautiful beach with lovely, white sand facing the Atlantic. At low tide, one can walk out to Salt Island while at high tide one can enjoy body surfing or boogie boards. Lifeguards are on duty Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day from 9:00am to 5:00pm daily. Surfing, inflatable objects and all floatation devices with the exception of Styrofoam boogie boards are prohibited during the hours lifeguards are on duty. Alcohol is also prohibited. Gloucester has adopted a Carry In – Carry Out Policy for Good Harbor and Wingaersheek beaches so please be prepared to carry out any trash with you when you leave. Food, drinks, beach toys, and other beach necessities are available at the concession. Restrooms and showers are available as well from 9:00am to 6:00pm daily. During periods of inclement weather, all facilities may close early. Parking is available during the week at a rate of $20 per vehicle, and on the weekends and holidays at $25 per vehicle. (After Labor Day, beaches may be open with reduced rates charged, weather permitting.) Space is limited so you will need to arrive early on a nice day in order to get a parking space. The gates open at 8:00am and are locked at 9:00pm. The beach is handicapped accessible with approximately 16 handicapped spaces in the lot and a drop off space near the footbridge. A beach wheelchair is available – ask at the collection booth upon arrival or ask the lifeguards. Buses are prohibited from the parking lot and any large groups must receive a permit ($25 per permit). Directions: - take Rte 128 North into Gloucester. Follow the signs for East Gloucester/Rockport. Go through the two rotaries. At the first traffic light you have two options. First option is to take a left onto Eastern Ave. Follow Eastern Ave for approximately 1 to 1 ½ miles and Shaws Plaza will be on your right. Turn right onto Barn Lane at the end of the plaza. At the end of Barn Lane turn left onto Thatcher Rd and the beach lot will be on your right. If you go straight through the first light, you will then take a left onto Bass Ave at the next light. Follow Bass Ave to Thatcher Road and turn left onto Thatcher Road.

Good Harbor Beach Rules & Regulations

The rules and regulations for Good Harbor Beach may be found on the web site for the City of Gloucester.  Published April 1, 2010, the regulations may be viewed as a pdf document on the FOGH web site by clicking the title below.

Beach and Stage Fort Park Regulations, City of Gloucester, April 1,2010