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Beautiful beach

Soft sand, quiet ocean, lots of space (at low tide). We walked for miles and enjoyed the tide... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Ashley S
Sudbury, Massachusetts
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Quality beach

$25 to park on our visit but worth it. White sands, clean, clear waters, beach facilities. Cool... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
David R
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Enjoy the Northeast's most spectacular beach and follow trails and boardwalks through a landscape of sand dunes and salt marsh.
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Argilla Road, Ipswich, MA 01938
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Soft sand, quiet ocean, lots of space (at low tide). We walked for miles and enjoyed the tide pools, sandbars and (one you walk a bit) the piece and quiet!

Thank Ashley S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

$25 to park on our visit but worth it. White sands, clean, clear waters, beach facilities. Cool water find try to visit on an incoming tide as the hot sand heats the sea up a bit. Would go again.

Thank David R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful. Unspoiled. Gorgeous. Bring your coolers with food for your family for the day. (Alcohol is strictly prohibited). Enjoy the calm waters and the exquisitely preserved dunes, marsh, and natural beauty of the birds, butterflies, and various nesting areas. Like someone mentioned their post above,...More

1  Thank 282kristinel
Reviewed 1 week ago

The best thing you can say about Crane Beach is that someone had the sense to protect it from the greed of the elitist enclave-builders who have snatched up most of the coastline and walled out the public with their ugly ego-palaces. This is a...More

2  Thank lbloom616
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We love Crane so much in previous years we've bought the membership. It's hardly ever crowded because the cost of parkign people then to steer away which benefits those of us who seek a quite excellent spot. For kids thsi is the best beach I've...More

1  Thank Loanmi L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Crane beach is a typical lovely New England beach - white sand, lovely (and protected) dunes with bird life, butterflies, foliage, clear water and clean facilities manned by a polite and helpful staff. Parking payments are tiered by membership and day of the week. They...More

Thank GaPNewYorkNY
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a $135/year beach membership with parking that expired end of July 2018. When we arrived to the beach at 10:00 a.m. on July 4th, instead of being welcomed, we were snidely turned away by police who said they were only letting Ubers and...More

5  Thank Leslie W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beaches are my thing. I grew up at one. Love them. But not all are created alike. Crane Beach has soft clean sand, beautiful dunes, fantastic snack/lunch offerings, clean cabanas and restrooms. Just a perfect experience. There is quite a bit of walking from the...More

Thank Boston02116
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Parking is $25; $15 if you are a Trustee member. Facilities are sssoooooo well maintained, clean, easy access, plenty of them. Food there is decent, as well as gift shop. Green heads are there: do NOT attempt to visit this beach with our plenty of...More

Thank samizuqu
Reviewed 10 July 2018

I spent a week in Ipswich thinking I could do some shopping and have long walks on the beach. This is NOT the place for that. There is only ONE BEACH with ONE ACCESS POINT that is $25 to enter on weekdays. Whether you are...More

11  Thank DeenMerc
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sandra k
11 August 2018|
Response from 282kristinel | Reviewed this property |
We were there today. The greenhead monsters were not. However, there were other lovely biting things trolling for bites. Bug spray, non deet, worked well. But it was a frenzy as we attempted our stay. The bumblebees were... More
Kelly G
5 August 2018|
Response from lbloom616 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, especially around the edges and in the trees. When the wind's up, not much of a problem.
James D
27 July 2018|
Response from Neal S | Reviewed this property |
No. Signs at the beach entry specifically prohibit alcoholic beverages.