Wingaersheek Beach is a 0.6mi long beach located on the Annisquam River in West Gloucester, Massachusetts, United States.It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Wingaersheek Beach and many more Gloucester attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Gloucester online visit planner.
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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Twice in the past, before Gloucester wisely adopted an online parking reservations system for the summer high season, I waited in stop-and-go traffic hoping in vain to get to this famous beach, but...
Twice in the past, before Gloucester wisely adopted an online parking reservations system for the summer high season, I waited in stop-and-go traffic hoping in vain to get to this famous beach, but... more »
Favorite experience was sitting on a rock with my legs in a tidal pool. Second favorite: walking up & down the beach while people-watching.
Favorite experience was sitting on a rock with my legs in a tidal pool. Second favorite: walking up & down the beach while people-watching. more »
YOU MUST MAKE RESERVATIONS ONLINE FOR NON-RESIDENT PARKING. The city was very smart to implement this kind of system. We arrived at 10am and I simply showed my pass—it was effortless (I bought my pass a few days before). I appreciate Gloucester considering out-of-town folk because other towns do not and that’s not fair. It is an absolutely stunning beach. The sand is soft, white and it glistens. The water is very clear. Low tide is fun, water goes up to the calves at most. We went a little further past the rocks and were able to get deeper. We went exploring by the rocks as so many others did. Saw lots of crabs, super cool. It would be smart to wear water shoes by the rocks though, they can be slippery. There’s also a very strong rip current a little past the rocks that gave us a small scare so fair warning. Plenty of lifeguards around though and they don’t really let you jump off the rocks. At high tide you can actually submerse yourself more in the water. The water was not freezing but it was cold which was refreshing on the 95 degree day we went there. Food is pricey at the concession stand and the shop is pricey too but they had some cute items! They have two shower heads (though one was out of order) and it’s not private. It definitely does not properly accommodate the quantity of people they receive. While they have a huge dumpster as you leave the beach, it is still inconvenient as many people still litter. The beach trash policy is in and out but they would benefit from a few trash cans by the entrances of the beach and at the concession stand. Overall I highly recommend. We all loved the beach and it was well worth the drive.
What an absolute GEM! The sand is butter soft, the view is incredible, the location is great (holy cow ice cream is amazing and close by). We got there early and stayed until about 3:00 and grabbed early dinner and ice cream and headed back for low tide and the sunset. I couldn't believe all the sand dollars, clams, crabs, and the VIEW! Amazing amazing amazing. Worth the trip! You MUST buy your ticket ahead of time, I highly suggest a week in advance and try to get there by 11 to secure a good spot. There are clean bathrooms and a food stand (we did not get anything but looked good! CAREFUL OF SEAGULLS they will snatch any and all of your food!) Very clean, very family friendly quiet beach with small waves and not freezing water. No boogie boards or puddle jumpers allowed. Enjoy!
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