I vote for Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester, Massachusetts’s  – the heart of Cape Ann – the other Cape. In the summer better get their early before 11am –  to the entrance on route 127A because the lot fills up quickly. In the fall locals can park off of Beach Road and walk in via the boardwalk, which is very pretty. Several ever changing  pools surround the boardwalk at different tides.

This beach has it all…a scenic boardwalk footpath to enter the beach – a few miles of beautiful soft sand – especially at low tide. Picturesque homes that frame the beach to one side, (Sherman Cottage is one of the most photographed houses in New England) Salt Island to the other side which can be reached at low tide and the twin lighthouses at Thatcher Island to the North.

Sherman Cottage in Winter

Sunrise at Sherman's Cottage

After a good storm you can see many surfers in wet suits working the waves.

Lone surfer at Good Harbor Beach

It is also an amazing place to see the sunrise which at certain times of the year a red ball will rise directly behind Salt Island. In the summer I will bring my boat Thirdwind – to the lee of Salt Island and have picnic with a view of the lighthouses and the beach to either side.

Boardwalk Sunrise

Good Harbor Sunrise