Wingaersheek Beach, Gloucester

4.4
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Beach · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Wingaersheek Beach is a 0.6mi long beach located on the Annisquam River in West Gloucester, Massachusetts, United States.
According to the USGS the name is a corruption of the earlier Dutch name "Wyngaerts Hoeck", which was derived from "Wyngaerton" (meaning "Vineland"). The name was described by Professor Trumbull as "not Indian" but stated by Professor E. N. Horsford to be "an undoubted corruption of the German (Low Dutch) name, "Wyngaerts Hoeck", which occurs on many maps between 1630 and 1670, especially in Ogilby's "America"." The beach was alternatively called Coffins Beach for Peter Coffin whose farm was located alongside this beach."
The popularity of Wingaersheek beach, as well as the nearby Good Harbor Beach has resulted in traffic jams in the area. Furthermore, since January 2015, a local law came into place that forbids from unleashing dogs on Wingaersheek beach on even numbered days and on the Good Harbor Beach on odd numbered days.
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  • Went here for the first time today (October 10th), it was just fabulous. Heard a lot about this beach as well as that it’s impossible to get in in the summer so never tried. We had such a fabulous...  more »
  • Amazing stretch of beach sheltered from the land by dunes. Great!! Seaglass picking! Very cool it low tide.free parking and portopotties.  more »
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  • Nice beach. However, $35.00 to park is outrageous. Most places charge $20.00 even down the Cape. Water was a bit cold still on Memorial day. Otherwise, we enjoyed it.
  • A great beach to explore for sea creatures and walk out on the Sand bar during low tide. Our favorite beach in the area. But in the morning on a Saturday traffic can back up over a mile and take 45min to get there. Also parking is expensive.

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