From quiet dunes to surf action, Massachusetts’ best beaches have everything you could want for a summer of sun worshipping and water play. While the city is at your fingertips via a short flight to Boston, you can still dip your toes in the sand at these oceanside escapes, just a short drive (or train ride) from the city.
Wingaersheek Beach, Gloucester
The quaint North Shore city of Gloucester is big on small rocky beaches with seaside charm. Forgo the crowds and opt for something a little more relaxed at Wingaersheek Beach. Besides its gentle tide, smooth rocks, soft white sands and waters known for being warmer than most, Wingaersheek also lays claim to panoramic views of the Annisquam River, Ipswich Bay and a picturesque New England lighthouse.
South Boston Beaches, South Boston
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About the author: CherylCheryl Fenton
A Boston native, Cheryl Fenton is no stranger to the goings on and hot spots of her favorite city. Throughout her 15-year freelance career in dining, fashion, beauty and travel, Cheryl has covered it all for local magazines and websites including Stuff, The Boston Globe, Boston Phoenix, mysecretboston.com and Boston Common. You can also find her national bylines in glossies such as Glamour, Cooking Light, and Wallpaper. In her spare time, what little there is, Cheryl strolls the city with coffee in hand, always looking for what’s next on the agenda.