A Massachusetts beach is making waves because it’s been rated one of the best stretches of sand in the United States.
The magazine Travel + Leisure named the 25 best beaches in the United States earlier this month, examining sandy spots in Alabama, California, Hawaii, New York, Oregon and elsewhere notable for their “attractions, location or amenities unique,” the outlet said. Among the names on the list: Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester, Massachusetts.
Located on the North Shore, Good Harbor is described by the city of gloucester as one of the ‘crown jewels’ of the community and a ‘place of choice’ for visiting beachgoers from near and far – a beautiful beach with fine white sand, where one can enjoy long relaxing walks as well as body surfing or boogie boarding.
“Good Harbor Beach is a family-friendly place with sugar-soft sand and relatively calm water,” the magazine noted. “At low tide you can cross a sandbar and explore rocky Salt Island, while the little ones can play in warm tidal pools.”
Lifeguards are expected to be on duty at the beach from Memorial Day weekend in late May through Labor Day in early September from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Delicious snacks and water toy rentals are sold at the concession stand, the outlet noted.
On the parking side, it is recommended that beach attendants arrive early, as places go quickly. Parking is available weekdays for $30 per vehicle and weekends and holidays for $35 per vehicle. Offsite parking and shuttles are also available.
Two other New England beaches are also on Travel + Leisure’s 25 Best Beaches list, including one that is landlocked: Crystal Lake State Park Beach in Barton, Vermont.
The glacial lake is about three miles long and one mile wide, and in some places is known to be over 100 feet deep, according to the state of Vermont. website. The park’s beach is beautifully situated between rugged mountainsides, features a fenced off swimming area, and a historic granite bathhouse with restrooms, changing rooms, and a concession stand, the website says.
“Bounded by about a mile of white sand and backed by scenic mountains, Crystal Lake’s rich history dates back to the 1700s,” the magazine said. “The large historic granite bathhouse with showers and concession stand is made from rock quarried from the nearby hills. It is a wonderful place to picnic, swim and fish. Canoes and an on-site cabin are available for hire.
Ocean Beach Park in New London, Connecticut is also on the list. Described by Travel + Leisure as a golden sandy beach with gentle tides, the location offers stunning views of ferries and schooners sailing past the town’s lighthouse, the magazine noted.
“Ocean Beach Park, located along the boardwalk, includes a picnic area, playground, snack bar, mini golf, arcade, and more,” the outlet said.