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New Bedford's Public Beaches


Spend some time in the sand!

Enjoy New Bedford’s public beaches on scenic Clark’s Point. Beaches are guarded by a professional waterfront team from the last weekend in June through Labor Day weekend. Come on down and enjoy the sand, the sun, and all of the fun!

Dates beaches are guarded and parking passes are required June 24, 2017 through Sept. 4, 2017

East Beach (East Rodney French Blvd.)

New Bedford is blessed with clean, safe, family friendly beaches. Come and enjoy the sparkling waters and sun bathe on the sandy shores at East Beach which is also home to our new improved beach volleyball courts.

West Beach (West Rodney French Blvd.)

West Beach is a swimmers paradise with a fully accessible pavilion providing shade, cool breezes, beautiful sunsets and a fully accessible bathhouse. Please ask about our beach ramps & amphibious wheel chair.

Beach at Fort Taber Park

Fort Taber beach boasts sweeping views of New Bedford Harbor on the backdrop of historic, beautiful Fort Taber Park. Sit with your toes in the sand or take a walk throughout the park to enjoy the incoming boats from our working waterfront, the wide-array of wildlife, and the park’s historic nature. Fort Taber is home to many special events throughout the season.

Beach Parking Program
Throughout the summer, the City of New Bedford hosts a beach parking program at West Beach, Gaudreau Memorial Beach at East Beach and Fort Taber Beaches. The program requires residents and non-residents to acquire a seasonal parking pass or pay a daily rate for parking. Daily parking permits can be acquired on site during the season.

How to obtain a beach parking pass