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While there are no beaches in Boston, a half-hour drive or train trip will take you to wonderful sandy stretches overlooking Boston Harbor. From Castle Island, which is technically not an island, to the Esplanade, which is technically not a beach, there are many wonderful spots for Bostonians and their guests to cool off on a hot summer day. Most beaches are sandy, with a mix of pebbles and crushed shells, and are refilled at times, making the water murky. However, there are no waves and the slope to the water is gradual, making these beaches a kids’ delight. The tide, when low, makes the expanse of sand much larger, great for long walks. Most beaches have playgrounds and sport courts as part of the park that surrounds them.
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