The Town of Scituate operates six oceanfront beach areas with seven designated swimming areas. These include Egypt Beach, Humarock Beach, Minot Beach (two areas), Museum Beach, Peggotty Beach, and Sand Hills Beach. These areas are greatly affected by the changing tides of the Atlantic Ocean. Commonly, designated swimming areas conform to certain standards, the most common of which include a sandy beach area and a gradual slope into the water.
Lifeguard protective services are offered beginning in late June of each year and ending by Labor Day. Approximately 30 Lifeguards, a Lifeguard Supervisor and an Assistant Lifeguard Supervisor are hired seasonally to staff these areas. As staffing levels are depleted, beach areas change from guarded to unguarded beaches.
There are porta potties available at each beach. Water testing is done weekly by the Scituate Board of Health. Beach stickers are required and strictly enforced by the Scituate Police Department.
Fine hard-packed sand. The beach is legally part of Scituate but accessible only from Ferry Street (off Route 3A) in North Marshfield. A handicap beach wheelchair is available to be signed out at the Fire Station (located in the parking lot). Gift shops, a general store and restaurants are within walking distance. 120 Parking Spots.
Sandy Beach with beautiful views of Minot Light and Massachusetts Bay.
Glades End: Accessible by the corner of Gannett Road & Glades Road. 4 Parking Spots. Well Rock End: Pedestrian access to beach via passageway on left side of Minot Post Office.
Bailey's Causeway East Lot: 26 Parking Spots. Bailey's Causeway West Lot: 75 Parking Spots.
Small and Stoney. Swimming between North Scituate and Sand Hill beaches. Convenience store within walking distance. 77 Parking Spots.
Sand Hills Beach
Small sandy beach that narrows at high tide. Access from Oceanside Drive. Convenience store is within walking distance (Sand Hills General Store). 24 Parking Spots.
Half-mile, hard packed sand Access from Peggotty Beach Road. Downtown Scituate Harbor with shops, restaurants and a hotel is within walking distance. 200 Parking Spots.