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2016 Cape Ann Guide

2012 Cape Ann Guide – Experience Cape Ann…serving Essex, Gloucester, Manchester-by-the-Sea and Rockport. Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce.

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Experience Cape Ann 2016-2017 34 The Beaches of Cape Ann For more information visit capeannvacations.com Niles Beach Eastern Point Road, East Gloucester Tucked away from the busy crowds, Niles Beach is located on Eastern Point Road in East Gloucester. It is primarily enjoyed by residents (a resident sticker is required for beachside parking), unless you can walk from another location. Not usually crowded, you can enjoy a quiet family beach day without the expected commotion that comes along with a summer beach day. Enjoy breathtaking vistas over Gloucester Harbor and the Boston skyline on the horizon. • Lifeguards are on duty daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm from Father's Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. All foatation devices and surf boards are prohibited. • Portable restrooms are available seasonally. • Alcohol is prohibited. • Directions: Follow Route 128 North to its terminus at the Route 127A traffc lights in Gloucester. Proceed through the light and follow East Main Street through East Gloucester for approximately 2 miles. Niles Beach is located on Eastern Point Blvd., approximately 1/3 mile beyond the junction with Rocky Neck Boulevard and on the way to Eastern Point. A public parking lot is located along Rocky Neck Boulevard, offering easy access to Rocky Neck and a short hike to Niles Beach. ROCKPORT Front Beach Route 127A, Main Street to Beach Street, Downtown Rockport Sandy Bay acts as the beautiful backdrop for Front Beach, the perfect beach for the swimmer in your group! During high tide, the sandy beach real estate is hard to come by, but that just means more time in the water. There are plenty of inns and B&Bs located nearby to accommodate your beachside vacation. • Metered on-street parking on Beach Street is available adjacent to Front Beach, and long-term parking is available in a privately operated lot across the street. In season the CATA Park & Ride (Blue Gate Lane off of Route 127) provides free parking and a trolley shuttle ($1 per person) directly to downtown Rockport and Front Beach daily. When you are fnished with the beach, dry off and enjoy the number of restaurants and shops located nearby. Back Beach Route 127A, Beach Street in Downtown Rockport Back Beach is home to one of the best scuba diving areas in the region. Dive in and discover the submerged world underneath the beautiful ocean. The sandy and rocky beach is perfect for divers, swimmers and walkers. On summer Sunday evenings, the Rockport Legion Band performs free outdoor concerts at the bandstand located just across the street from Back Beach. • Metered on-street parking is available along the entire extent of Back Beach. Old Garden Beach Old Garden Road, Rockport Old Garden Beach, a small sand and stone beach with an adjacent municipal park, offers a beautiful view over Sandy Bay and grassy areas for picnics with your friends and family. The small beach parking area is restricted to those with resident parking stickers. ©Michelle Budrow Front Beach ©Michelle Budrow Niles Beach

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