Peggotty Beach

Peggotty Beach, Scituate, MA 02066, USA

(781) 545-8700

Owned By: Town of Scituate

Busy protected beach with a half-mile, of coarse, hard packed sand and relatively warm water. Access from Peggotty Beach Road. Within walking distance is downtown Scituate Harbor with shops, restaurants and a hotel.


Each year, Scituate sells a limited number of non-resident beach stickers, for Humarock, and for “all access.” For more information, call (781) 545-8718, or visit the town website.

Daily Out of Town Beach passes that are valid on Tuesdays and Thursdays only for Peggotty Beach are available for sale at the Harbormaster’s Office for $20 per day. Passes must be purchased on the day they are used (no advance purchase).

Formerly called Bassing Cove, the beach may derive its name from an obscure reference to Charles Dickens. In Dickens’ 1849 novel David Copperfield, there are two characters with the surname Peggotty – Clara, a nurse and friend of the title character, and her brother, Mr. Peggotty, a lobster fisherman.

This land is within the region of the Massachuseuk (or Massachusett) Native American tribe.

Trail Description

No trails, but you can walk along the beach for about a half mile.

Habitats and Wildlife

Peggotty Beach is located on the Atlantic Ocean.

Peggotty Beach, Scituate, MA 02066, USA

Historic Site: No

Park: No

Beach: Yes

Boat Launch: No

Lifeguards: Yes

Hours: Dawn to Dusk.

Parking: 200 Parking Spots. Scituate Beach sticker required.

Cost: Free for pedestrians.

Trail Difficulty: Easy


Porta-potties, in season.

Dogs: Yes, in the off season. From June 15 to September 15, dogs are not permitted on any town beach between the hours of 10am and 6pm.

Boat Ramp: No

ADA Access: No

Scenic Views: Yes

Waterbody/Watershed: Atlantic Ocean

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