Outdoors >Singing Beach
Beach St, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA | Directions 0194442.571298 -70.765428
9am-5pm (for facilities)
The worst expirience in my life!!! – $25 for parking
$5 fee for walking pass by person
Police looking for alcholic beverages in your ice box. I asked for walking fee refund beacuse I don't want to throw my beers away and they said NOOOOO.
If you want to throw your money, please, go to Singing Beach!!!!
THE BEACH MUSSOLINI DREAMT OF – A cheat, a con, a rip-off. That's this bitch, I mean, beach.
If Mussolini asked me to recommend him a beach, that would be this. It has all the fascism and xenophobia you need in a beach.
Honestly, I regard this review as a Public Service. DON'T GO THERE!!! You'll end up robbed, exhausted, humiliated and frustrated, in that order.
Police and functionaries (let's call that those lazy, ne'er-do-well punks) have been ordered to steal money and then expulse all out-of-towners! They follow instructions from the little plutocracy that happen to have a mansion there (yes, the same responsible for the death of a child when he crossed the railway line and the train didn't whistle 'cause the whistle perturbed the rich's naps...)
What all of them don't know is that what they're doing is illegal, and I, like some other decent people are going to suit them soon.
Till then, farewell, Stinking Beach!
Rip-Off - more information – I am the guy my dad wrote about in the other Rip-Off comment. You should know I had left my daughter with a friend and her daughter on the beach. We had stayed about two hours and wanted to leave. I took most of the stuff and went to ge the car. It was gone. So, I had to begin the runaround to get it back. Meanwhile, the two little kids and my friend are baking on the beach wondering when I will get back. If I did not have a cell phone who knows how messed up this could have gotten.
You should also know the guy at the tow yard acutally laughed when I paid him. He thought the whole thing amusing. I bet he gets a nice cut. He actually said to me: Ya, we're getting a lot of them out there today'. Manchester, your name is Scam City. Well done. You taught me to avoid your beach. Stay secluded and deluded. Karma will catch up to you.
Thinking of it now, how many unsuspecting people get ripped off like this cannot afford that kind of extra money to get their car back. That fee is OUTRAGEOUS. If someone was short cash, they would leave their car there until next paycheck. If two hours in the yard, and less than a two mile tow, cost $115 - how much would it cost after a week for not so rich people to get their car back. No wonder people are screaming for the rich to pay more. They take every chance to screw the little guy.
Parking RIP-OFF Makes a great beach a litter box – My son has been taking his 2 ½ year old daughter each weekend to Singing Beach since the season began. They like the beach, keep it clean, respect others, AND spend money in nearby shops. (Much more money than I would like to see him spend on local food, sundries and beaching items.)
Today, Saturday, June 19, 2010 - that trip cost him $189 and about 4 miles of walking in the sun for an hour and a half, carrying all his beach items with him.
Today, they TOWED his car, and billed (screwed him - if you ask me) for $135 in towing and storage fees, and a parking ticket. They had the car a couple hours, and towed it about two miles. That is $110 ?!?. By the way, for all you people in the real world, they won’t accept debit cards. No plastic, cash only. Therefore, he had to walk to the nearest ATM. Jerks on top of Jerks.
Shame on the town of Manchester By The Sea. He is a hard working, honest kid making $600 a week. You taught him a mean lesson. Towing the car was unnecessary. Worse, it was just not right. He said the car was not blocking or hindering any access or traffic. Your policy regarding beach parking is nothing short of theft.
It seems he parked in a two zone. He said many others were parked same area as him. He has parked there before no problem. There are signs posted, but he said they do not indicate the spot he parked in is illegal. So, it seems, at best the signs are fewer than should be, are not clear in their directions, or worse – as I expect – are set up SPECIFICALLY trap visitors to the beach.
Say goodbye to a good patron, and a supporter of businesses local to Singing beach. You ripped him off.
I do encourage all to use the commuter rail. Especially from Boston to go to the beach. That is your cheapest option.
This is going via email to all I can think of.
Rip Off! – Yeah the beach is nice. There is lots of clean sand ample room to spread out. However, with $25 to park a half mile away and $5 per person just to walk on it's an incredible rip-off. Not all of us have the funds that those rich folks in their mansions overlooking the beach have. Don't get me wrong. The beach is nice, but not $30 nice. There are lots of scenic, clean, and AFFORDABLE beaches (most of them free, imagine that) in the area that I would rather go to. I think I'll leave Singing Beach to those millionare snobs who clearly want it all to themselves.
Singing Beach The Best Of The Best – Singing beach is a great beach though it is quite . From climing ont he rock to swimming in the refreashing waters itbis a must see.If driving in or taking the train stop by the Kitchien Witch Backery. Snacking on a nice Greek Greens Wrap and laying out in the sun is a prefect combination.I dont recermend the snack bar high prices for not that good of food.If your not in the mood for quite or crowed or your taking kids older than 7 then go to tucks point. It is also a must see.From juming off the docks to the quite water tucks point is forr you. Stop by the coffie cup on your way out great pizza and vgood riends prefect comination. All in all The Town of manchester by the sea is a must see.
Beautiful beach...lousy snack bar. – I finally made it out to Singing Beach last weekend. My 12-yr niece & her friend were visiting from CA and they really wanted to go to a beach. I live in the city so we took the commuter rail which was a little expensive for 3 round trips, but not so bad if you're just paying for yourself. The train ride seemed short and the walk to the beach is nice. Being from CA, I'm not used to paying a fee to go to the beach, but I think it is worth it since the beach was really well maintained. It was a beautiful day and was as pretty as a postcard. The girls were in the water as soon as we put our stuff down and they loved the waves. It was a very relaxing atmosphere.
My advice is to bring your own food rather than relying on the snack bar which has limited options. The employees, although nice, were eating french fries right out of where they get your fries from and then touched the next persons food without washing their hands. I guess that shouldn't be a shock when everyone working there is still in high school. Other than my sunburn and still frozen-in-the-middle preztels from the snack bar, we all had a great day at the beach. A stop at Captain Dusty's Ice Cream was the perfect finish to the day. I will definately go back!
Love it, but... – Being from the Caribbean I have been to a couple of nice beaches in my life. I can say that when I first went to Singing Beach a couple of years ago it had nothing to envy those beaches down south. Even the water was on the warmer side that day. I'm in my 20's and went with a group of my friends. We all loved it. Fine sand, enough space for everyone to spread out, beautiful setting. I thought it was so great I'd bring my mom, my sisters and my sister's kids next time I went. I'll hesitate to do it ever again. When you're by yourself or with friends it's a nice walk from the station (or the parking lot nearby), and the $5 walk-on fee is reasonable to keep such a jewell well cared for. However, when you're with kids, an older person, and carrying gear, the walk gets way longer and the fee now multiplies by the number of persons over the age of 12 you brought, which I thought was expensive since I was the one paying. With that said, this is still one of the best beaches I've been to.
Great, relaxing beach – I'm from MA and I had no idea about this beach until one of my friends from school told me about it. It's a pretty secretive spot and the residents are protective of it. We had to park about a mile down because when we tried to go in the parking lot right by the beach at around 12pm (it wasn't a crowded lot) there was already a police officer parked by the entrance informing people that it was only for residents. The beach was relatively quiet and peaceful, and it was overall an enjoyable experience. The Beach Comber, which is a dessert offered at the food stand, was delicious! I would definitely go back.
wonderful beach- serene, quiet and clean – Singing Beach is hands-down one of my favorite places to spend a sunny day in New England. Taking the train from Boston makes more sense than crowding the streets and parking lots. Plus, there's a great bakery in town where you can grab snacks or sandwiches before you walk to the beach. You can buy a beach season pass (for two people) for about $25 or $30, which makes more sense if you're a regular. Summer week-ends can be hectic, but during the week it's very mellow and sometimes you almost have the beach to yourself. The beach is squeaky clean, there are lifeguards (if you're brave enough to swim in the freezing water), it's quiet and family-oriented.
If you like a beach with blaring music, volleyball, a parking lot five feet away and a cruising scene, you'd be much happier somewhere else.
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