Bear Skin Neck is a thin strip of land jutting out into Rockport Harbor. It is the original settlement of the area, once known as Sandy Neck. Some of the houses here date back over 300 years. It is said that the area got its name in the late 1600's when one of the settlers living there killed a bear with nothing but his knife, but I don't know if the story is true.
Today this area of Rockport contains some of the town's nicest shops and restaurants, and if you walk up to the end (it's not very long) you are treated to a great view of the open sea.
Rockport is a crown jewel of the Massachusetts coastline. Steeped in rich seafaring and art history, Rockport on Cape Ann has the same quiet charm it offered when it first welcomed summer visitors over 160 years ago. It has miles of lovely beaches, boulder-strewn paths, fishing coves, little cafes, seafood restaurants and art galleries.
Bearskin Neck is a little peninsula of land jutting out into the sea. On both sides are souvenir shops, cafes, seafood restaurants serving Maine lobsters and other seafood, and art galleries.
Pebble Beach is a long stretch of sand and pebbles on Penzance Street. Plenty of parking for all! Loblolly Cove is just around the point.
There is a rock reef just off shore here. The maximum depth is about 30 feet, but most of the diving is at 20 feet. We spent 85 minutes on one dive here! That said, it's not the most interesting dive Cape Ann has to offer. There's a rocky entry to the right, but the rocks give way to sand pretty quickly and there's not much to see except flounder & hermits until you've spent a few hundred pounds of air swimming straight out to the rock reef. The reef has a lot of critters on it, but it's not all that dramatic. However, this is a good place for an easy-entry dive at low tide or at night.
See the Cape Ann Divers Find A Dive Site page for more information about this and other dive sites on Cape Ann.
Halibut Point State Park at the tip of the peninsula about 15 minutes' drive from Rockport was the site of a granite quarry. The quarry was gone, leaving behind a large water-filled reservoir. A trail meanders around the pool and goes down to the rocky beach.
Rockport is not exactly a hotbed of excitement, but that doesn't keep people from coming to experience its natural beauty. You might want to laze on a beach, go diving, hike through Halibut Point State Park, take a sunset cruise or whale watching expedition, or stroll around the art galleries.
Photography buffs will love Rockport. There's so much beautiful scenery to capture on film. There is a red fishing shack in the heart of downtown called 'Motif #1.' It is so famous that when the building was severely damaged during a storm, Kodak and/or Polaroid put up the money to rebuild the structure, which is reportedly one of the most frequently photographed buildings in the world.
MOTIV 1 IT'S THE MOST PAINTED AND PHOTOGRAPHED PLACES IN THE WORLD. THIS IS NOT THE ORIGINAL BUILDING.THE OLD ONE WAS DAMMAGED BUT A LARGE STORM IN THE 1980s.
TRY TO COME UP WITH A NEW PERSPRCTIVE ON A CLASSIC LOOK......
We stumbled upon this quaint little place, and have returned several times. Better than Ole Cape Cod!
Kind of reminds me of the movie "Jaws", in particular the "Jaws" set at Universal Studios in Hollywood. Go ahead, hop on the boat :)
BEARSKIN NECK AND TUNA WHALF
ALL TYPES OF SHOPS AND GALLERYS TO CHOOSE FROM..
CHECK OUT THE LOCALS AT WORK
GOOD PHOTO OPPERTUNITIES
TAKE A BOAT TRIP...
GO ON A WHALE WATCH OR DEEP SEA FISHING TRIP.YOU CAN RENT KYACK'S AND TAKE LEASONS..