Overview of Back Beach

Back Beach

Back Beach
USA East


Site Review by
Date: 05/19/2003


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Anonymous Entry:    5.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    3.00
City:   Reef:    3.00
State:   Animal:    2.00
Country:   Plant:    2.00
Diving:   4 years Facilities:    4.00
 Dives:   100 Solitude   1.00
    Roads:    4.00


*Average:    2.88
Back Beach is one of the easiest shore dives on Cape Ann, and probably the best site to bring non-divers, as there are restrooms, a sandy beach and a short walk to shopping and restaurants in downtown Rockport. It is also extremely popular with dive classes. Weekends in the summer are very crowded with both divers and non-divers, and parking can be very difficult. Because of the crowds, animal life can be sparse at times (especially lobsters), but it is still a very pretty dive, particularly on the left side of the beach along the rocks, where the plant life is most plentiful. You can often find sea ravens, striped bass, skates, flounder and at night, squid. It is an excellent night dive because of the ease of entry (walk right in…) and sheltered beach. Depths are shallow, most of the area below 30' and visibility is typical for New England, ranging from 20+ feet (if you're lucky) to less than 10' at times.    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    2.00
Beginner:    4.00
Intermediate:    3.00
Advanced:    2.00
Night diving:    4.00

Seasonal Information

Season:    Summer
Year:    2002
Visibility:    3.00
Current:    5.00
Surf:    5.00

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