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.
Singing Beach, Manchester-by-the-Sea
One mile from Manchester-by-the-Sea’s town centre is historic Singing Beach, covered in a fine sand that squeaks out a “song” as you walk upon it. Stroll along its length collecting shells or check out “Eaglehead”, a rock composite for high-energy climbing. There are lifeguards and a bathhouse, and the Manchester commuter train station is only a five-minute walk from the beach, solving the resident-only weekend parking problem.