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The beach at Hingham Harbor is a topic of lively conversation amongst locals- trash, goose droppings, and the “sand” leading to the water keep this locale off the top ten beach list. But—- Betty will try to provide a balanced pro/con view of our lovely harbor because there is much to recommend it—- at high tide.

Hingham Bathing Beach [a yes vote]

By Rosie Woodard

When the tide is out, Hingham Harbor earns its early name, “Bare Cove”. But when the tide comes in over those clam-flats warmed by the sun, the water at the Hingham Harbor Bathing Beach is a fine temperature for swimming. For about 4 hours each day [2 hours either side of high tide] the tide is high enough for good swimming. Swimmers quickly learn to watch and calculate the tides of Boston Harbor. Life Guards are there to open the bathhouse and watch for safety problems in the clearly marked swimming area. In the deep water is a wooden float, a destination for strong swimmers, gulls and terns. Gulls and terns aren’t the only wild life at the Bathing Beach, however. Egrets, small shore birds like sandpipers and plovers are some of the most charming. They wouldn’t be there if there were no tiny silvery fish jumping in small schools or signs of life in the sand.

There are usually a group of friendly “regulars” who call themselves the “Beach Bums” because they have met around high tide for years, watched their children and now their grandchildren learn to swim in the calm water. Two or three of them built the float and keep it in good repair. They appreciate the views of the harbor islands, the boats in the inner harbor, and the sound of halyards clanging against the masts of sailboats moored nearby.

Appreciated is the relaxed atmosphere of this pretty, small beach within easy walking distance of town. Parking is still free. A good bicycle rack is available. Dogs are not allowed on the beach in the summer, and trash is “please carry out what you carry in”. The barrels in the area are a compromise to help those good citizens who pick up what trash they find at this lovely park.

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