Musical sand isn't the only thing that makes this a special beach. Its small parking lot, which is open to the public Monday through Thursday but reserved for Manchester-by-the-Sea residents only Friday through Sunday, makes this Boston North Shore beach rather exclusive, although Manchester Parks & Recreation Director Matt Casparius assures me: "Anybody can go to the beach."
A few hints:
- Arrive early; the parking lot is usually full by 11 a.m., even on weekdays.
- Take the commuter rail from Boston to Manchester, and the Singing Beach is just under a half-mile walk from the station.
- Head to the Singing Beach in the off-season: before Memorial Day or after Labor Day.
- Check the Gloucester Harbor tide chart before your visit, as much of the beach is underwater at high tide due to erosion that occurred during the winter of 2012-2013.