Overview of Front Beach

Front Beach

USA East


Front Beach is best as a swimming beach for the kids. The area is mostly sandy and shallow, with a few patches of rocks. It is, however, an excellent starting point for those willing to make the swim around the point to the left and end up in the next cove over, Back Beach.

Directions: At the intersection of SR 127 and SR127A in Rockport (NE Cape Ann), turn South on SR 127A (Beach Street) to head into Rockport. In .3 miles, Front Beach will be on your left. You will pass Back Beach along the way.


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07/24/2006 Jason NYC (Avg: 3.04 Review) - The best thing about this dive is the facilities and parking! Full size bathrooms and metered parking right in front of the beach! Yeah! The best diving is on the left side and is much closer to the parking area too. A small rocky area on the left wall. Mostly sandy in the middle and shallow. Tons of people and families swimming in July. A slightly better option for diving is Back Beach just a few hundred yards away. Don't bother here at low tide as the rocky areas on the sides are completely exposed. After your dive, explore the quaint shops located within walking distance. Great beach for the non-divers and the family.

12/15/2004 Jeff 3 (Avg: 3.44 Review) - Went diving here the second week of December and the water was great, a nice crisp 45 degrees with great vis and tons of lobsters


Site Photos

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Overview at Front Beach 

Front Beach is in the background to the left, and Back Beach is to the right. Note the rocky area between the two makes for the best dive.


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Parking at Front Beach 

There are a few metered parking areas on both sides of the street. During the summer, these are almost impossible to get, so arrive there early!




Overview at Front Beach 

It's an easy walk down the ramp and into the water.


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entry at Front Beach 

It's a short swim around the point to Back Beach.




Overview at Front Beach 

This a view from the Rockport harbor area out to sea. Front and Back Beach are to the left.

Last Verification: November, 2003  


Diver Averages for  Front Beach  (1=worst, 5=best)

Average Site Condition

Ease of Shore Entry:  4.00
Bottom Conditions:  3.50
Reef Conditions:  3.00
Animal Life:  3.00
Plant Life:  2.00
Facilities:  4.00
Solitude 3.00
Roads:  5.00
*Site Average:  3.24

Average Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:  4.00
Beginner Scuba:  3.50
Intermediate Scuba:  3.50
Advanced Scuba:  2.50
Night diving Scuba:  5.00

Number of reviews for this site: 2


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