Plum Island
Northern and Southern Boulevards, Newburyport/Newbury
There are 2 miles of public beaches on the residential section of the island. The beaches in the federal reservation are closed at times to protect the Piping Plover.

Crane’s Beach
Off Routes 1A and 133, Ipswich
The five miles of white sandy beaches is considered by some to have the best sand in the Massachusetts North Shore. Bath houses and snack bars are located at the entrance. About a 45-minute auto trip from Newburyport.

Hampton Beach
Route 1A, Hampton, New Hampshire.
This is the place for people-watching. The water is pretty good too. Amusements, arcades, t-shirt shops and food right along the beach.

Sandy Point State Reservation
Southern tip of Plum Island
It is a bit of a drive (five miles through the PRWR) but well worth the trip. Located on Ipswich Bay, it is an excellent place to watch shore birds or explore tidal pools.

Salisbury Beach
Off Route 1A, Salisbury
The swimming rivals Plum Island with the added attraction of penny arcades, miniature golf, and pizza houses.


Newburyport and its environs are a bicyclists delight. Rentals are available at:
Riverside Cycle
50 Water Street (The Tannery Marketplace), Newburyport
Phone: (978) 465-5566


The city has several public ramps from which boats can be launched. For those who don’t have their own craft, rentals are available at many of the local marinas. Perhaps a harbor cruise will be sufficient to fulfill your maritime yearnings.


Bluefish, striped bass, mackerel, cod, hake, haddock, pollack, and flounder are among the fish that are caught in the area. There are plenty of places to drop a line into the river or beachfront. Some prefer surfcasting off the beaches at Plum Island, while others like to fish from a boat. There are several public ramps to launch a boat, and many local marinas will rent boats. Party boats are available in Newburyport and at Plum Island for full- or half-day deep water fishing. Generally these boars are available on an open, first-come, first-served basis, but some can be hired for private charters.