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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 May 25 - June 22, (Weekends Only), Seven days a week starting June 22 through September 2nd.

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. Please note: West Beach is a seasonal pass only. Proof of vehicle registration is required when purchasing a season pass.

Seasonal Passes are available May 15 - Sep 15 at the following locations:

City Clerk's Office, 133 William St., New Bedford, MA 02740

Traffic Commission Elm St. Garage, 51 Elm St. Garage, New Bedford, MA 02740

Parks Recreation & Beaches Administrative Offices, 181 Hillman St. (bldg-3), New Bedford, MA 02740

Andrea McCoy Recreation Center 181 Hillman St. (bldg-8), New Bedford, MA 02740

2019 Seasonal Parking Pass Fees:

New Bedford Resident: $10.00
New Bedford Resident (Seniors Age 65+): $5.00
Greater New Bedford Resident (Dartmouth, Freetown, Acushnet, Fairhaven): $20.00
Non-Residents: $50.00