Plum Island Beach in Newburyport, Massachusetts #massachusetts #newbury

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Plum Island Beach in Newburyport, Massachusetts #massachusetts #newbury

There are three popular Plum Island Beach destinations on the island: The Refuge, Plum Island Center and The North Point. As you come across the bridge towards Plum Island, turn right on Sunset Drive to reach the Refuge entrance.

Plum Island (named for the beach plums that grow wild along its dunes) is a popular summer destination — and with good reason.

Plum Island is a barrier island located off the northeast coast of Massachusetts, north of Cape Ann, in the United States. It is approximately 11 miles (18 km) in length. The island is named for the wild beach plum shrubs that grow on its dunes, but is also famous for the purple sands at high tide, which get their color from small crystals of pink pyrope garnet. It is located in parts of four municipalities in Essex County. From north to south they are the city of Newburyport, and the towns of Newbury, Rowley, and Ipswich.

Etymology

Named for the preponderance of beach plum thickets on the island.

GeographyLocation
Atlantic Ocean

Coordinates
Length11 mi (18 km)

Highest point

300*600 2

Sand dunes can reach 50 ft (15 m) in height above sea level

Administration

 United States

State
 MassachusettsCountyEssexTowns and CitiesNewburyport (city), Newbury (town), Rowley (town), and Ipswich, Massachusetts (town)

Additional information
Time zone

Eastern (UTC−5)

 • Summer (DST)

Eastern (UTC−4)

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