Peggotty Beach

Peggotty Beach, Scituate, MA 02066, USA

Town of Scituate (781) 545-8700

Owned By: Town of Scituate

Peggotty Beach in Scituate is a busy, protected beach with a half-mile of coarse, hard packed sand and relatively warm water. It is within walking distance from Scituate Harbor.


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 known as 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 Massachusett (or Massachuseuk). To learn more about local Native American tribes, we encourage you to interact with their members. The Mattakeeset band of the Massachusett, and the Massachusett tribe at Ponkapoag, both share information on their websites. 

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.

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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 or day pass required. Access from Peggotty Beach Road. 

Cost: Free for pedestrians.

Trail Difficulty: Easy


Porta-potties, in season. Access mat.

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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