The beaches of Swampscott
Despite its small size, Swampscott has no shortage of beaches to enjoy during the summer months. They include King’s Beach, Fisherman’s Beach, Preston Beach, Eisman’s Beach, Whales Beach and Phillips Beach.
Kings Beach is located along Humphrey Street on the Lynn border of Swampscott. On the Swampscott end of King’s Beach, popular shops and restaurants, such as Popo’s Hot Dogs and Kell’s Kreme, are a short walk away. King’s Beach also offers an extremely long shoreline with a paralleling promenade. The promenade is perfect for scenic walks, runs, bike rides, dog walking, and rollerblading, and at almost any time of the day, you can find people taking part in these activities.
Fisherman’s Beach offers numerous opportunities for the public, and is the only beach in Swampscott that has a pier and launching ramp, which allows for swimming, fishing, and boating, including town sailing, private sailing and motoring, and kayaking. Fisherman’s Beach is located next to the historic Swampscott Yacht Club, whose members have access to the Club’s launch service. This beach also has easy access and is within walking distance of shops and restaurants.
Preston Beach is situated along Atlantic Avenue and is a picturesque spot for beach-goers. Located within walking distance of neighborhoods in both Swampscott and Marblehead, the beach is conveniently accessible. At low tide, Preston Beach offers a spacious area of white, soft sand. It is generally not crowded, so it is easy to find a spot to set up your beach gear. Preston Beach caters to both energetic families and groups or individuals looking for a pleasant time. The beach is perfect for swimming, walking, lounging, reading, sunbathing, playing in the sand, and when you want a quick cool and refreshing treat, listen for the ice cream truck that stops by regularly.
Eisman’s Beach is located in a residential area along Puritan Road. At low tide, there is a large, flat area to play, it’s seldom crowded and there are little to no waves breaking. Although all of Swampscott’s beaches have many winning features, Eisman’s quiet and secluded atmosphere gives it a unique edge.
To the right of Eisman’s Beach on Puritan Road, you can find quaint Whales Beach. A rock wall separates Whales Beach and Eisman’s Beach, but at low tide, you can walk between the two along the water. Whales Beach is the smallest of the Swampscott beaches, but still offers the same stunning scenery. Whales Beach is a hidden gem; many believe it to be private because it is lined by private homes, and some parts of the beach are roped off as private property, but there are public areas that are perfect for a tranquil getaway. Although the beach is small, there are no crowds, so it’s an ideal location to relax, peacefully sunbathe or read.
Phillips Beach, which is tucked away along Ocean Avenue and next to the Beach Club, is arguably the most popular beach in Swampscott. One of the best features of Phillips Beach is its isolation; the dunes create a separation between the residential area and the beach, which truly gives the impression of a secluded destination. In the dunes of the beach you can find a beach volleyball court, perfect for a pick-up game. In the evening, and with a proper permit, Phillips Beach is a great spot for a bonfire.
Excerpts from “Time to enjoy the ocean: List of Swampscott’s beaches” by By Sofia Rietti, Time to enjoy the ocean: List of Swampscott’s beaches …. https://swampscott.wickedlocal.com/article/20150624/NEWS/150628506Time to enjoy the ocean: List of Swampscott’s beaches …. https://swampscott.wickedlocal.com/article/20150624/NEWS/150628506Swampscott Wicked Local
Other area beaches include:
- Devereux, Gas House and Grace Oliver’s Beaches in Marblehead
- Nearby Lynn, Short and Nahant Beaches
- Further up the North Shore you can find Crane, Front, Good Harbor, Hampton, Singing, Salisbury and Wingaersheek Beaches.