The heat is on and a day trip to the beach is on all of our wishlists. But where to? From popular spots to secluded sanctuaries, we found the best beach spots in Massachusetts for soaking up the sun (so you don’t have to.)
Best BEACH SPOTS IN MASSACHUSETTS
Best views: Crane Beach, IPSWICH
4 miles of soft sand, the vast horizon (with a view of Plum Island), boardwalks, and sand dunes. All these combined make Crane Beach one of the best beaches for swimming and taking in the scenery. Not only that, but it quite literally is a sanctuary for a nearly extinct species of birds. Pack a cooler, plenty of sunscreen, and go catch some rays.
2. UNIQUE EXPERIENCE: SINGING BEACH, MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA
While it’s definitely a popular spot, Singing Beach is well worth the trip. For some reason or other, the sand on the beach is known to make a sound when wind blows over it (hence the name.) Pack your umbrella for shade and go hear it for yourself.
3. ARTISTIC ACTIVITIES: REVERE BEACH, REVERE
Every year this well-known beach hosts a sand sculpture contest, and every year the results are jaw-dropping. Talented sculptors make intricate creations just from sand and water, giving beach goers a treat for the eyes and yet another reason to visit this beach. (It’s also public transportation accessible!) Head across the street to Kell’s Kreme for some delicious ice cream and head over to the oldest public beach in the US.
4. most adventurous: AQUINNAH BEACH, MARTHA’S VINEYARD
The rocky Aquinnah Cliffs make this intimate beach an adventure. While swimming is not recommended due to the powerful current, exploring the sand and cliffside will feel cinematic. Just beware of the clothing-optional section under the cliffs if you want to keep your adventure PG.
5. BOSTON BEACH: SPECTACLE ISLAND, BOSTON
This one-of-many Island here in Boston offers much more than just the beach: hit up a hiking trail, rec area, picnic spot and more while you have a chance to visit. Take the ferry that runs daily in the summertime and enjoy a little local getaway.
6. MOST PRIVATE: PRESTON BEACH, SWAMPSCOTT
If you want a secluded spot away from other beach-goers, Preston Beach is a not-so-secret anymore but still quite experience. This beach is significantly less busy than most but still just as beautiful. Grab a book and your sunglasses and dip into relaxation.
7. ON THE CAPE: COAST GUARD BEACH, EASTHAM
Go visit the beach that Dr. Beach’s list boasts every year. This historic (site of the Pilgrim’s first landing!) and idyllic national park is the perfect place to stretch out and listen to the sound of the waves meeting the sand.
8. PERSONAL FAVORITE: GOOD HARBOR BEACH, GLOUCESTER
While there may be a little bias from memories to this one, it’s definitely well deserved. Good harbor beach has the best of both worlds with it being pleasant enough to be popular but big enough that crowds aren’t an issue. Make a stop at Virgilio’s Italian Bakery in town for sandwiches and flakey sweets before jumping off the boardwalk bridge into the water, swimming, or catching some zzz’s under the sun.
Beach days should be a fun and soothing experience, but things like getting the kids or grandkids ready, packing supplies, and booking stays for extended visits can overshadow that. Avoid the hassle of finding the best beach spots and have Simplified get you recommendations, supplies, and more! For longer getaways, check out our vacation checklist.