Salisbury Beach State Reservation

A few weeks ago, Stephen and I decided to go explore a new beach since it was another warm, sunny Sunday. I know.. I’m always ranting about how warm and beautiful it is, but it was 56 degrees so we just had to get out and enjoy this unusual weather in January. We drove out towards Hampton Beach in New Hampshire and followed the coast towards Massachusetts. Just while looking at my Google Maps while Stephen drove, I picked Salisbury Beach State Reservation as our location for the day.

Salisbury Beach State Reservation is located on Beach Road. Route 1A in Salisbury, MA, right on the coast of north-eastern Massachusetts. During the summer there is a daily parking fee of $14 for MA vehicles and $16 for non-MA vehicles, however, since it is the dead of winter there was no fee to enter the park. This 521 acre park offers swimming, boating, fishing, and camping. Facilities include a 484 site campground with bathhouses and restrooms.

Salisbury Beach is apparently one of Massachusetts's most popular ocean beaches during the summer and I’m not surprised. With 3.8 miles of sand stretching along the Atlantic Ocean, this is the beach to visit. According to the park’s website, in the fall and winter harbor seals often sunbathe themselves on the jetty… quite disappointed I did not see a seal during this adventure.

Clearly many other people had the same idea as we did; I was surprised by the amount of people walking the beach. Many families were enjoying the weather with their children or letting their dogs run the beach. In the distance, we could see a couple riding horses along the beach. I was shocked by how well-kept and clean the beach was, much nicer than Hampton Beach in New Hampshire. My highlight of the day was being able to snap a few images of the horses and riders walking along the beach before they loaded the horses.

I would highly recommend this beach to others in the area, although it was about a 30 minute trip back home from Salisbury Beach, I would definitely visit again. It will be interesting to see how crowded it gets in the summer.