Best Beach in Boston

2012 Best Beach, within Reach

Singing Beach

Manchester

Leave the car at home. Singing Beach—so named for the lyrical sound the sand makes when you walk on it—is just a 10-minute stroll from the Manchester commuter-rail station…Read More

2011 Best Beach

Crane Beach

Ipswich

“Majestic” hardly does justice to the landscape at Crane, where sand-swept hills roll sweetly to a pristine shore. To the north, Plum Island creates a welcome barrier from rough surf,…Read More

2006 Best Beach, Martha's Vineyard

Wasque

Chappaquiddick Island

Getting to this secluded white-sand Chappaquiddick beach takes a three-minute ferry ride and a 3.5-mile drive. On top of that, you have to pay to get in. But you’ll be…Read More

2006 Best Beach, Nantucket

Cisco

Nantucket

Nantucket is filled with righteous beaches, but there’s something extra-special about Cisco and its shifting moods. On calm afternoons, surfers ride rolling waves for hours, then nap in soft, white…Read More

2006 Best Beach, Cape Cod

Coast Guard Beach

Eastham

Thoreau once walked the 40 miles of the Cape’s pristine eastern coast and wrote a whole book on the experience. JFK, also a fan, ensured that the shoreline and its…Read More

2004 Best Beach, Cape Cod

Truro Beach

Truro

This gorgeously untarnished world of sweeping dunes and fresh Atlantic air is about as idyllic as nature gets. That may seem to be true of many Cape shorelines, but this…Read More

2004 Best Beach, North

Crane Beach

Ipswich

Seven miles of white sand edged with rolling dunes make this our favorite spot to plop down a beach chair, catch some rays, and read a trashy romance novel—all thanks…Read More

2004 Best Beach, South

Horseneck Beach

Westport

When it comes to kicking back in the dunes, the first order of business is to make sure you find enough room to stretch out. Horseneck has all the breathing…Read More

2003 Best Beach, North

Good Harbor

Gloucester

The only bad thing about Good Harbor is the small parking lot—which, if you’re lucky enough to snag a spot, isn’t such a bad thing. The lack of parking keeps…Read More

2003 Best Beach, South

Duxbury Beach

Duxbury

Seven miles of white sand nudge up against the salt waters of the Atlantic on this, the South Shore’s most utopian spot. The chaos (near the restrooms, parking, and refreshment…Read More

2002 Best Beach, North

Revere Beach Reservation

Revere

Born from the civic altruism that also created the Emerald Necklace, Revere Beach was the first public beach in America, and thanks to a centennial restoration that began in 1996,…Read More

2002 Best Beach, South

Duxbury Beach

Duxbury

Pillow-soft sand, uncluttered dunes, clean bathrooms, and a sparse crowd that’s as consistently eye-catching as the surroundings—Duxbury Beach epitomizes the symbiosis of civilization and nature. Factor in a rustic lighthouse…Read More

2001 Best Beach, North

Crane Beach

Ipswich

Four miles of white sand, more than 200 species of birds, and awesome striper fishing in the flats. And, if you have a boat, you can get to the backside,…Read More

2001 Best Beach, South

Duxbury Beach

Duxbury

With pristine dunes surrounded by windswept marshes, a lighthouse at its far end, public parking, and a refreshment stand that serves a mean chocolate frappe, this is one seriously idyllic…Read More

2000 Best Beach

Crane Beach

Ipswich

The long, winding boardwalks and grassy dunes at Crane Beach can magically readjust the tired mind of even the most citified creature. After sinking your toes into the beach’s soft…Read More

1999 Best Beach

Crane Beach

Ipswich

The white sand goes on forever—or at least for four-and-a-half miles. This North Shore strip has the dunes, the best-blended concession stands, the most peaceful ambience—all in a preserved marshland…Read More

1996 Best Beach, Alternative to

Arnold Aboretum

Jamaica Plain

Looking for nature close to the city? Grab your walking shoes and head for the Arnold Arboretum. This “museum of living plants” provides you with 278 acres worth of walking,…Read More

1986 Best Beach

Crane’s Beach

Ipswich

Public parking, fine sand, and dunes with little hollows perfect for trysting the afternoon away. A gem in the heart of John Updike country…Read More

1974 Best Beach

Long Nook and Balston Beaches

Cape Cod

Nudism unhampered, wine, smoke, beautiful waves, monstrous cliffs. All ages, sizes, shapes, types. Volleyball and dry-humping major sports…Read More

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