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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capeannvacations.com 35 ©GicleeOne.com Pebble Beach • Directions: From Downtown Rockport, follow Route 127A (Mt. Pleasant Street) to Norwood Avenue to Old Garden Road Pebble Beach Penzance Road, Rockport Water smoothed stones and pebbles blanket this long beach. Scour the rocks for shells or bring your binoculars to capture views of Cape Ann's variety of sea-loving birds and the Boston skyline to the southwest. There is a rocky reef just offshore where divers enjoy 20 to 30 foot depths. • Limited parking is available on Penzance Road adjacent to the beach. Please observe posted parking restrictions. • Directions: From Downtown Rockport follow Route 127A south for approximately 3 miles to fork at Cape Hedge Inn. Continue straight on South Street for approximately 400 yards and then turn left on Penzance Road to Pebble Beach. Cape Hedge Beach South Street, Rockport This is a long, secluded rocky beach separated from Long Beach by a short, seasonal foot bridge. Smooth sand is minimal at high tide. Normally a quiet beach, Cape Hedge Beach is The Beaches of Cape Ann For more information visit capeannvacations.com located about 2-½ miles from Rockport's many unique shops and restaurants. • Very limited non-resident parking is available along South Street. Please observe posted parking restrictions. • Directions: From Downtown Rockport follow Route 127A south for approximately 3 miles to fork at Cape Hedge Inn. Continue straight on South Street for approximately 400 yards to its terminus at Cape Hedge Beach. Long Beach Route 127A (Thatcher Road to Rockport Road; this beach is shared by Gloucester and Rockport) About a mile long (hence the name), this beach offers one of the best views of Thacher Island's twin lighthouses. Investigate the tide pools or take a casual stroll, soaking in the sun. The beach is lined with quaint New England beach houses and inns. Alcohol is prohibited. Enjoy the day at Long Beach and then head into town for a fresh lobster dinner. • Directions from Gloucester: Continue past Good Harbor Beach on Thatcher Road (Route 127A north) for approximately 300 yards to the fork at Rockport Road. Continue straight on Rockport Road past the ice stand toward Cape Ann Motor Inn. Parking is available at privately operated parking lots (rates vary) located off Rockport Road, a short walk to the beach. • Directions from Downtown Rockport: Follow Route 127A south for approximately 5 miles to just beyond the Gloucester line, and then take a sharp left onto Rockport Road at the ice cream stand. Then follow directions above. MANCHESTER- BY-THE-SEA Singing Beach Route 127 to Beach Street, Manchester This immaculate beach will have you singing as you look at the clear blue waters and white sands. Enjoy a thirst quenching Slurpie or Italian ice at the snack bar. • The parking area is for residents only so you may have to walk from the train station or the center of town to enjoy this beach. Just under a mile, everyone does it! • $5 walk-on fee. • Directions: Route 127 to Downtown Manchester to Beach Street (near the commuter rail station). Singing Beach is located at the end of Beach Street. ©Brianna Cox Photography Singing Beach