Canoe Beach

Canoe Beach

Directions to Canoe Beach, Nahant, MA

From Boston: Take route 1 North to route 16 East. 1A will become the Lynnway after a prominent draw-bridge. The Lynnway is easily recognized by the surplus of car-dealers, fast food, and by Building #19. Towards the end of the Lynnway, take care to follow it to the right as 1A splits off to the left. You should see signs to Nahant at this point. The Lynnway will end at a traffic circle. Take the first right out of the circle onto Nahant Road (the Nahant causeway). Nahant Road will take you all the way through Nahant. Towards the end of the road you will past 40 Steps road on the right and a seawall/cove on the left. At the end of the seawall is a small road/parking lot for Canoe Beach and Northeastern University's Marine Science Institute.

About the Dive

Canoe beach is a pebble beach in a sheltered cove. After an easy entry, the bottom becomes rocky. Near the center of the cove is a large vertical rock formation called "the chimneys". At low tide this formation will break the surface. This is a good location for a night dive.


Parking is a major concern at Canoe Beach. The small parking lot is open to residents only, and beware: Nahant Police eat their young. The only public parking in the whole town is off the causeway near the public beach. Your best bet is to find someone with a Nahant sticker.

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