40 Steps Beach

Nahant, Massachusetts
Nestled on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean in Nahant, Massachusetts lies the enchanting 40 Steps Beach. Walk down the 40 steps to enjoy the pristine beach.
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Nestled on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, just off Nahant Road in Nahant, Massachusetts, lies the enchanting 40 Steps Beach. Named for the unique forty-step stairway that provides access to and from the beach, this hidden gem offers visitors a quaint escape from the bustling world.

40 Steps Beach is a small cove beach that truly shines during low tide when its sandy expanse is most abundant. However, it’s important to time your visit well, as high tide can significantly diminish the available beach area. Over the years, the beach has weathered its share of storms, with some even damaging the stairway that leads down to the shore. These weathered steps, a testament to the resilience of Nahant’s coastline, add a touch of character to the beach.

For those who enjoy exploration, a few rock formations extend into the ocean, providing a delightful opportunity to venture out. Caution is advised, especially when the rocks are wet, to ensure safety.

Parking at 40 Steps Beach can be somewhat of a challenge, as there are no designated parking areas for beachgoers. Local residents often walk to the beach, but nonresidents have the option of being dropped off or seeking out free parking near the Nahant Public Library on Pleasant Street, a short stroll away. Nahant, unfortunately, has limited visitor parking available.

It’s essential to note that 40 Steps Beach offers no amenities such as lifeguards, restrooms, picnic tables, or trash facilities. Visitors are encouraged to follow the “leave no trace” principle, ensuring that whatever they bring to the beach, they take back with them. This maintains the pristine beauty and tranquility of this charming coastal retreat.

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Address: Nahant Road, Nahant, Massachusetts
Place GPS Coordinates: 42.422716, -70.909412
Parking GPS Coordinates: 42.422716, -70.909412
Parking Notes: Local residents often walk to the beach, but nonresidents have the option of being dropped off or seeking out free parking near the Nahant Public Library on Pleasant Street, a short stroll away. Nahant, unfortunately, has limited visitor parking available.

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