Best Beaches in Massachusetts

Dune on Cape Cod near Provincetown

Dune on Cape Cod near Provincetown (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s almost summertime, and Colonial Auto wants to help you find the best beaches in Massachusetts!

Massachusetts has some of the best beaches on the east coast. There’s an abundance of sand ripe for sunbathing on Cape Cod, south of Boston, and along the North Shore. Given the wealth of options, it’s difficult to know where to set up your beach chair.

Fortunately, at Colonial we’re happy to share our local knowledge about with you.

Here’s Colonial Auto’s guide to the best beaches in Massachusetts.

Best Beaches North of Boston

Crane Beach, Ipswich: One of the most beautiful beaches anywhere in the Bay State is in Ipswich. This jewel of the North Shore features clean, white sand and a variety of food vendors. With dunes reminiscent of Cape Cod and abundant parking, Crane Beach is truly one of the best beaches anywhere in New England.

Singing Beach, Manchester-by-the-Sea: Fabulous views are one of the hallmarks of this North Shore treasure. Although parking is reserved for locals, the beach is extremely accessible by public transportation. The sand is amongst the best on the North Shore, and the rocky cliffs are reminiscent of Maine and regions further northward.

Good Harbor Beach, Gloucester: Regarded as a local favorite amongst residents of Gloucester, Good Harbor Beach is also one of the better swimming beaches on Cape Ann. Huge expanses of sand and captivating views of the shoreline and fantastic homes that dot it make this spot one of the best on the Bay State’s other Cape.

Best Beaches South of Boston

Horseneck Beach, Westport: Cheap parking is just the tip of the iceberg at the Westport gem. With clean sand aplenty and ample birds for watching, Horesneck is a great spot south of Boston.

Duxbury Beach, Duxbury: The aptly named Dubury Beach in Duxbury is incredibly expansive and features an iconic boardwalk that is a must-see. A unique and fabulous spot below Boston.

Nantasket Beach, Hull: The Paragon Carousel is a bonus at this appealing beach just south of the B. The beach has been a favorite of Bostonians since the 19th century and features a summer concert series.

Best Beaches on Cape Cod

Coast Guard Beach, Eastham: A favorite of Dr. Stephen Leatherman (AKA “Dr. Beach”), Coast Guard Beach features some of the best sand in Massachusetts. Part of the Cape Cod National Sea Shore, this Cape Cod beach will not disappoint.

Cahoon Hollow, Wellfleet: Awesome views and spectacular cliffs are hallmarks of Cahoon Hollow. This beach is quintessential Cape Cod, and the nearby Beachcomber restaurant is a fantastic dining spot.

Race Point Beach, Provincetown: The last beach in our Cape Cod section is also the furthest down the lower Cape. Also part of Cape Cod’s National Sea Shore, Race Point offers phenomenal views of the Atlantic (as you’re basically standing in the middle of it on the beach) and the sunsets are spectacular.

There are many more great beaches in Massachusetts than the few listed here (and more still in the rest of New England). However, we think this is a great list of beaches to visit that present the entire spectrum that the best beaches in Massachusetts have to offer.


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