The best Massachusetts beaches dot the coastal landscape, from the north shores to the south, exhibiting some of the most beautiful landscapes in the state. They are summer retreats filled with activities from swimming to boating to sea kayaking and found close to large urban spaces and small, quaint villages alike. From the sheltered family beaches of Cape Cod’s bay side to the north shore beaches of Plum Island, there are so many to choose from that deciding the flavor of a vacation in Massachusetts is best before choosing which beach to visit. The white sand, warm water, and waterfront recreation of the best Massachusetts beaches reveal landscapes equivalent to some of the best beaches in the United States.
Only an hour from the bustling metropolis of Boston is Buzzard’s Bay, a short drive from Upper Cape Cod. Surrounded by several bays and islands, including Buttermilk Bay and the Elizabeth Islands on the south, Buzzard’s Bay is in a location filled with things to do. The historic port of New Bedford, a once-prominent whaling port, is also directly on Buzzard’s Bay. Tourism is the area’s biggest accomplishment, with boating and fishing taking the lead in outdoor recreation. Inaugurated as a Estuary of National Significance in 1987, wildlife is rich with bird-watching one of the most popular related activities. Reservations and state forests offer more to explore along with hiking and cycling trails, creating a appealing environment for many tastes.
Crane Beach is another of the best Massachusetts beaches, renowned for expansive grassy areas and undulating dunes, located in Ipswich on the northern coast. Though the water is known to be cooler in the summer, it’s a refreshing place to swim off fine, sandy shores in the heat of the summer. A pristine natural backdrop sets the mood for outdoor enthusiasts: there are almost six miles of hiking trails winding through the coastal sand dunes and a beautiful pine forest called Castle Neck. Numerous amenities are available including rangers and lifeguards, bathhouse with change rooms and restrooms, and picnic tables. There is also a beach store and food concession.
Nantucket’s beaches are world famous for their unspoiled backdrops and modern services and amenities with plenty of activities to try out, from sea kayaking to shell picking. Aquinnah Beach is one of the best-known and most highly acclaimed of all Nantucket beaches on Martha’s Vineyard. Spanning a half-mile, it is one of the most peaceful and remote beaches on the island’s Atlantic edge. Multi-colored seaside bluffs create a breathtaking setting flanked by immense dunes and picturesque lighthouses.
Cape Cod National Seashore is home to several of the best Massachusetts beaches spanning across forty miles on the Atlantic Ocean. Consider arriving in the early morning to secure a parking spot and a good location on the beach. Head of the Meadow Beach in northern Truro is favored by those who have no inclination to scale dunes, cliffs, or any natural obstructions to reach the ocean. It is one of the more remote beaches on the national seashore, welcoming much smaller crowds than other beaches. The best time to visit this beach, or any beaches in Massachusetts, is between June and September when all amenities are offered, conditions are best, and lifeguards are on duty.