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Wingaersheek Beach, Gloucester

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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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  • This was my favorite beach in all of Cape Ann! The sand is the softest, powdery white sand you have ever felt! There is plenty of parking here. There are rocks in the water creating a very...  more »
  • Reluctant to pay the exhorbitant beach fees on Cape Ann, we carefully selected this one at the last minute, based on reviews. Although we spent several days beach-hopping, we settled on this one and.....  more »
  • 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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