How to Visit Salt Island in Gloucester, Mass

Salt Island is a five-acre-island connected by a sandbar to Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester, Mass. It is only about 1,000 feet from the shore of Good Harbor Beach.

The island is privately owned but accessible to the public for recreational purposes and is only reachable during low tide when the sandbar emerges.

To get to Salt Island in Gloucester, MA, follow these steps:

1. Travel to Gloucester, MA:

By car: Gloucester can be reached via Interstate 95 (I-95) and Route 128.

By train: The MBTA Commuter Rail runs from Boston’s North Station to Gloucester on the Newburyport/Rockport Line.

2. Head to Good Harbor Beach:

Salt Island is located off the coast of Good Harbor Beach, one of the most popular beaches in Gloucester.

Use GPS or follow signs to Good Harbor Beach. The address for Good Harbor Beach is 99 Thatcher Road, Gloucester, MA.

3. Park at Good Harbor Beach:

There is a parking lot at Good Harbor Beach. During peak season (summer), parking fees apply, and it can get crowded, so arrive early.

Off-season parking might be less restrictive, but check local guidelines for updates.

4. Walk to Good Harbor Beach:

From the beach parking lot, walk to the beach itself.

Salt Island is accessible from the beach during low tide. The island is about 100 yards offshore, and a sandbar connects the island to the beach when the tide is low.

Check tide charts to ensure you visit during low tide, as the sandbar is submerged during high tide.

5. Cross to Salt Island:

Walk across the sandbar to reach Salt Island. The crossing is generally easy, but be cautious of the tide schedule to avoid being stranded.

Safety Tips:

Always check the tide schedule before your visit. Tide information can be found online or at local information points.

Be aware of your surroundings and the time to ensure you can return to the mainland safely before the tide comes in.

Wear appropriate footwear for walking on the sandbar and exploring the rocky terrain of the island.

By following these steps, you can enjoy a safe and pleasant trip to Salt Island in Gloucester, MA.

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About William Briscoe

William Briscoe is a seasoned travel blogger and adventurer based in Massachusetts. With a passion for exploring hidden gems and sharing his travel experiences, Briscoe's website, "Mass Attractions," has become a go-to resource for those seeking seasonal attractions in Massachusetts. William enjoys exploring the scenic beauty of New England, spending time with his family and two rescue dogs, and experimenting with classical New England recipes in his kitchen. He holds a degree in English Literature from Boston University, which he believes laid the foundation for his writing skills.

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