Massachusetts' long coast includes a number of spectacular beaches that range from the wide sandy flats of Cape Cod Bay to the magnificent bluffs of Martha's Vineyard. There are perfect swimming beaches protected from the huge waves, and others that are a thrill for surfers. There are beaches with miles of tide pools to explore, beaches surrounded by massive ancient dunes, and others lined with restaurants and bars, perfect for partying. Most beaches are wide and covered with soft, white packed sand and on a warm weekend or on holidays all of them get covered with sun worshipers and families enjoying a day by the water. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Joseph Sylvia State Beach, Massachusetts
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Stretched on the Nantucket Sound shoreline, Joseph Sylvia State Beach is very popular with families. It has small waves, warm water, a gradual slope from the beach into deeper water, and miles of fine sand where kids can make sand castles and play Frisbee in safety. The beach runs between Edgartown and Oak Bluffs and has a lifeguard at the Edgartown end in addition to a number of concession stands. The beach forms the seaward coast of a 750-acre brackish tidal lagoon called Sengekontacket Pond. There is a nice scenic hiking and biking trail between the beach and the pond. It is also a refuge for rare and protected bird species, such as the least tern and piping plover. Things to Do on Martha's Vineyard
Between Oak Bluffs and Edgartown, off Beach Rd, Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, MA
2.MA Beaches: Madaket Beach
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Located on the Southern Shore of Nantucket on the Atlantic Ocean, Madaket Beach is famous for its occasional powerful waves, dangerous undertows, and riptides, but most of the time it is pleasant with cool and refreshing waters and reasonable waves. The beach is very large, with plenty of space even on the busiest weekends, great for hanging out, working on your tan, playing volleyball, making sandcastles, or just taking a long hike along the water. There are lifeguards at several places along the beach. Only four-wheel drive vehicles may access the western-most end of the beach. Things to Do in Nantucket
Pensylvania Ave, Nantucket, MA 02554, USA
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3.Aquinnah Public Beach, Massachusetts
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Moshup Beach is a public beach in Aquinnah located just off the Moshup Trail on Martha's Vineyard in a scenic, remote part of the island on its western side. High above the beach is the 51-foot-tall red brick Gay Head Lighthouse, built in 1799 to warn sailors that they are approaching the island. The lighthouse is located on top of the 130-foot Gay Head Cliffs, which consist of colorful clay. The wide sandy beach has a “clothing optional” section, and there are a huge number of smooth rocks scattered across the soft white sand. There are wooden stairs leading from the cliff top to the beach. The surf on the beach can get fairly big and the undertow strong, so it is never crowded with swimmers, but the surfers love it.
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4.Chatham Lighthouse Beach
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Chatham Lighthouse Beach, located just below the Chatham Light, a functioning lighthouse at the coast guard station, is the largest beach in the town of Chatham and is located only about half a mile from downtown. The wide scenic expanse of fine white sand is popular for nature walks to southern Monomoy Island. Animal lovers come to watch the daily migration of Chatham's seals as well as the many fishing boats both large and small. The currents at the beach are very strong and swimming is prohibited at the southern tip of the beach. There is a well-marked swimming area and there are no lifeguards, although there are beach patrols. The flag at the top of the stairs warns visitors of the dangerous conditions. The lighthouse above the beach is open to visitors during the summer.
30 Main St, Chatham, MA 02633
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5.Beaches in Massachusetts: Coast Guard Beach
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Coast Guard Beach in Eastham is a spectacular beach that is listed as one of the top ten in the country. There is a boardwalk that runs all the way to the wide sandy expanse, which is very popular for volleyball, boogie-boarding, surfing, and watching seals, which come very close. The beach is part of the National Seashore and is surrounded by ancient dunes and marshlands. While the beach is often crowded, after a short walk you can find a secluded spot and have a nice private time by the water. The waves are often very big and there are always surfers trying to catch the next big one.
2 Ocean View Dr, Eastham, MA 02642
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6.MA Beaches: Craigville Beach
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Craigville Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Barnstable. Located on Nantucket Sound, it is very large, with a wide expanse of fine white sand and while it is very popular and often full of noisy teens and families with kids, it is big enough not to feel crowded. There is always a volleyball game going on and the beach is long enough for a nice lengthy walk by the water. It is popular with swimmers and sunbathers and has lifeguards until Labor Day. There is a restaurant across the street as well as a place renting out umbrella and chairs.
997 Craigville Beach Rd, Centerville, MA 02632-3544
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7.Beaches in Massachusetts: Crane Beach
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Crane Beach in Ipswich is a large, 1,234-acre very popular beach that is considered one of the most beautiful on the East Coast. Clean white sands, calm blue water, miles of shoreline, and breathtaking views make this beach one of the most popular holiday and weekend destinations. There are kids playing in sand, swimming, playing volleyball, or enjoying the sun, and there is something for everyone. The beach is surrounded by large dunes that protect the coast from storms. There is a 5-mile long trail that meanders across the dunes and salt marshes and through one of the largest pitch pine forests on the North Shore.
Argilla Road, Ipswich, MA 01938
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8.Horseneck Beach State Reservation
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Located in eastern Massachusetts in its southernmost part, Horseneck Beach State Reservation is a 600-acre salt marsh and barrier beach. The 2-mile long beach, part of Buzzards Bay, is breezy, pleasant, south-facing, and very popular among surfers; perfect for a cooling swim during the hot summer months. The beach and the marshes next to it comprise one of the major bird nesting habitats in the area. Behind the dunes, near a rocky headland called Gooseberry Neck located at the eastern end of the Reservation, is a well-organized 100-site campground. There are designated spots for swimming. Pets are not allowed on the beach.
5 John Reed Rd, Westport, MA 02790, USA
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Marconi Beach is a huge, wide beach in Wellfleet, Cape Cod, surrounded by large dunes and often pounded by large waves that attract surfers and boogieboarders. The beach is part of the Cape Cod National Seashore. There are spectacular views from the bluff on top of the dunes of Cape Cod Bay, Atlantic Ocean, and the Outer Cape. There are wooden stairs that go from the dunes to the beach. The beach is very popular and can get crowded on weekends and holidays, with the sea of colorful umbrellas creating a pretty picture from above. There are designated spots for swimming and guards are on duty during the season. The beach is great for long hikes, watching the frequently visiting seals, playing volleyball, or making sandcastles. Bathrooms and outdoor showers are available.
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10.MA Beaches: Mayflower Beach
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Mayflower Beach is a large, beautiful, calm beach on Cape Cod Bay, a part of the northern Dennis shoreline that stretches from Nobscusset Point to Chapin Beach. This public beach is wide and the packed sand is perfect for Frisbee games, volleyballs, and other sports. There are lifeguards on duty, a short boardwalk, public restrooms, and a picnic area. At low tide, the beach has miles of tidal flats and small shallow pools, perfect for the kids to look at the small animals that get trapped in them. If you want to have a nice long walk, you can reach the Bayview Beach that connects to the Mayflower.
Dunes Rd, Dennis, MA
11.Mayo Beach, Wellfleet, Massachusetts
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Mayo Beach is narrow, fairly long beach in Wellfleet that overlooks Wellfleet Harbor, near the Breakwater Light. Swimming is good only at high tide but the beach gets much narrower as it loses lot of ground. At low tide, it gets muddy and full of shells, but the water is warm and calm and fun to explore. The beach is surrounded by expanses of beach grass. The view of the rock jetty, the dunes of Great Island, and boats heading into the harbor is breathtaking. There is a kids’ playground at Baker’s Field just across the street and a bike rack at the beach entrance. The beach is regularly used for yoga classes.
101 Kendrick Ave, Wellfleet, MA 02667
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12.Beaches in Massachusetts: Menemsha Beach
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Menemsha is the last working fishing village on Martha’s Vineyard. Located in the town of Chilmark, the Menemsha public beach is easily accessible, even by bike. The beach is a bit rocky but it has a soft, gentle surf since it faces the Vineyard Sound and not the Atlantic Ocean. The beach is safe for swimming, with warm water and lifeguards on duty. The beach has fantastic views of Cuttyhunk and the other Elizabeth Islands and is the premier spot to watch the sunset on Martha’s Vineyard. The wide expanse of beach is great for long walks and there are always interesting shells to be collected. As a working fishing village, Menemsha has excellent seafood restaurants, and you can also try to catch your own dinner from the long jetty.
Adjacent to Dutcher Dock, Menemsha, Martha's Vineyard, MA
13.Beaches in Massachusetts: Revere Beach
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The oldest public beach in the country, Revere Beach is a 3-mile long crescent overlooking Massachusetts Bay, less than 5 miles from downtown Boston. Established in 1896, this beach is so popular, it is crowded even on work days. The wide strip of bright white sand is always full of sunbathers, kids having fun in the sand, and swimmers, but the beach is much more about partying and socializing than about swimming. Among the many activities going on at the beach is a Revere Beach Sand Sculpting Contest, the biggest of its kind on the East Coast. Just across the road from the beach are many restaurant, bars, and cafes.
Revere Beach Blvd, Revere, MA
14.Singing Beach, Massachusetts
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Singing Beach is a beautiful, large, half-mile-wide beach in Manchester-by-the-Sea, with a famous bathhouse built in the early 1920s and a nice, small canteen with snacks. The beach has public bathrooms, showers, and changing stalls as well as fairly large parking lot. The beach has designated swimming areas with attending lifeguards as well as areas for sports. Above the beach is a grassy area with benches and a shady canopy of trees. There is a trail along the beach, but walking on the sand or at the edge of the water is a pure pleasure with the firmly packed sand. The beach got its name from the sound the sand grains make when they rub against each other inder certain conditions, a phenomenon not completely scientifically explained but fun nevertheless.
119 Beach St, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA 01944
15.Beaches in Massachusetts: Spectacle Island Beach
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Located in Boston Harbor only 20 minutes from downtown Boston, Spectacle Island is a perfect 105-acre spot for hiking, relaxing, swimming, and boating. It has an interesting visitor center, where you can learn about the island history and development. The island has several nice sandy beaches. The main one is just north of the marina and the dock and has a lifeguard, changing areas, showers, and bathrooms. There are 5 miles of hiking trails through the densely forested island and the view from the top of the 157-foot-high hill of the city and harbor is fantastic. There are ranger-organized tours of the island.
Boston Harbor, Boston, MA
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15 Best Beaches in Massachusetts
- Joseph Sylvia State Beach, Massachusetts, Photo: Courtesy of ead72 - Fotolia.com
- MA Beaches: Madaket Beach, Photo: Courtesy of Steven - Fotolia.com
- Aquinnah Public Beach, Massachusetts, Photo: Courtesy of jovannig - Fotolia.com
- Chatham Lighthouse Beach, Photo: Courtesy of Ritu Jethani - Fotolia.com
- Beaches in Massachusetts: Coast Guard Beach, Photo: Courtesy of jaypetersen - Fotolia.com
- MA Beaches: Craigville Beach, Photo: Courtesy of lunamarina - Fotolia.com
- Beaches in Massachusetts: Crane Beach, Photo: Courtesy of selitbul - Fotolia.com
- Horseneck Beach State Reservation, Photo: Courtesy of pbaird - Fotolia.com
- Marconi Beach, Photo: Courtesy of Ritu Jethani - Fotolia.com
- MA Beaches: Mayflower Beach, Photo: Courtesy of jpeacockcad - Fotolia.com
- Mayo Beach, Wellfleet, Massachusetts, Photo: Courtesy of cindygoff - Fotolia.com
- Beaches in Massachusetts: Menemsha Beach, Photo: Courtesy of lunamarina - Fotolia.com
- Beaches in Massachusetts: Revere Beach, Photo: Courtesy of Stephen Orsillo - Fotolia.com
- Singing Beach, Massachusetts, Photo: Courtesy of Chee-Onn Leong - Fotolia.com
- Beaches in Massachusetts: Spectacle Island Beach, Photo: Courtesy of k_yu - Fotolia.com
- Cover Photo: Courtesy of jovannig - Fotolia.com
More Ideas in MA: Dan'l Webster Inn & Spa, Cape Cod
The Dan’l Webster Inn & Spa is located on the picturesque north coast of Cape Cod, only one hour’s drive from Boston and Logan International Airport. Filled with elegant rooms and sweets, an award-winning restaurant, and a world-class spa, The Dan’l Webster Inn is a terrific choice for a weekend’s stay, a memorable wedding, or a unique business meeting.
There are 48 guest rooms and suites at the Dan’l Webster Inn, all of which blend colonial elegance with a casual charm. Each guest room has high-quality furnishing, much of it antique; free Wi-Fi and wireless internet access; free parking; complimentary access to the local fitness center; a Keurig coffee maker; a hair dryer; iron and ironing board, and organic toiletries.
Most of the Traditional Rooms have king beds, some of which have four-posters. They are located on the first floor, and one of them is wheelchair accessible.
The Superior Rooms are larger than the Traditional Rooms, and have their own sitting area. They are set up with two queen or two double beds, and are located on the first and second floor.
The Deluxe Rooms have a variety of different bedroom options: two queen beds or two double beds or one queen bed; they have a sitting area with a fuel-cell fireplace, and are located on the first, second, or third floors of the inn.
The suites at The Dan’l Webster Inn share the same amenities as the guest rooms, with the following additions: 300-thread count cotton bedding; an air purifier; bathrobes; a DVD player; and a mini-fridge.
The Romantic Suites have fireplaces, two-person showers, heated tile floors, an oversized whirlpool, and a private balcony overlooking the inn’s gardens.
The Fessenden Suites are located in a detached building that was built in the 1820s as a sea captain’s home. The beds are queen canopy or four-poster beds; and each room’s formal parlor has a fuel-cell fireplace.
The Jerves Suites have one room and an open-concept design. Majestically furnished with hand-carved king or queen beds, the Jerves Suites also boast an oversized whirlpool; a two-person shower; heated tile floors; and a gas fireplace. One of the Jerves Suite rooms is handicapped accessible.
The Jerves Terrace Suites are one-third larger than the Jerves Suites, and have an elegant open floor plan. Furnished with hand-crafted king beds, these rooms have an oversized whirlpool; heated tile floors; and a two-person shower.
The Webster Suite is the best room in the house. A beautiful king-sized sleigh bed welcomes tired guests, as does the oversized whirlpool, situated under a skylight. A balcony overlooking the gardens, a fuel-cell fireplace, and a plasma TV enhance this room, which is located on the third floor of the inn.
The dining room at The Dan’l Webster Inn is rated as one of the best restaurants in the United States. Four separate rooms comprise the inn’s restaurants, and diners can choose to dine by romantic candlelight, cozy up by the fireplace, or dine al fresco on the terrace by day or at night, under the stars.
The food at the restaurant blends traditional fare with a creative and contemporary flair, and the excellent wine cellar at the inn ensures that diners will find the perfect wine to accompany each meal. The inn boasts an excellent pastry chef who creates sumptuous desserts.
The Tavern at the inn is an authentic replica of an 18th century taproom, and has a menu of soups, sandwiches, and other lighter fare.
The Beach Plum Spa offers a full-range of spa treatments for women, men, and children. Massages are a popular option here, and there are a wide variety of choices. The inn’s signature massage is The Beach Plum Wellness Massage, a full-body treatment of soothing strokes, combined with hot towels to enhance circulation and soothe tired muscles. The Beach Plum Warm Seashell massage is the Cape Cod version of a hot stone massage; heated sea shells and rhythmic massage relieve stress and tension. Back, neck, and shoulder massages to relieve tense muscles are available, as are pre-natal massages that prevent stretch marks, scalp massages using essential oils, and aromatherapy rubs using the guest’s choice of pure essential oils. The Warm Himalayan Salt Stone massage brings well-being and tranquility, and balances the body’s autonomic nervous system.
There are delightful treats in store for guests wishing body treatments. The signature Beach Plum Honey Butter Wrap includes a soothing massage, and consists of a wrap of Himalayan healing salts and Manuka honey, which softens, cleanses, and detoxifies the skin, and promotes skin elasticity. The Full Body Anti-Aging Treatment polishes away dry, aging skin, and brightens it with a revitalizing serum and a nourishing massage. The Organic Himalayan Salt Massage uses Himalayan sea salt, a selection of local seaweeds, pumice, acai, and guarana to sweep away dry skin and rejuvenate and balance the body. The Gifts from the Sea Treatment uses seaweed and clay to firm and detoxify the body.
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All facials at The Beach Plum Spa begin with in-depth skin analysis, a thorough cleansing, and steam treatment to remove impurities and soften the pores. The Beach Plum Royal Facial firms, tones, and removes dark circles from the eye area, promoting cellular growth. The Ultimate Anti-Wrinkle Facial uses peptides and proteins to uplift the skin. The Ultrasonic Facial uses a non-invasive ultrasonic device to plump, nourish, and cleanse the skin, and leaves a visible difference after only one treatment.
Other facial treatments at The Beach Plum Spa include microdermabrasion, anti-aging eye treatments, seaweed masques, and chemical peels.
The Beach Plum Spa offers waxing, a full-service hair salon, manicures and pedicures, herbal baths, and has a full range of treatments for the bride and her party.
The Dan’l Webster Inn is a beautiful location for a dream wedding, and an event planner is available to help ensure that the day is perfect. All the wedding packages at the inn include a wedding toast with champagne, wine, or sparkling cider; a custom-designed wedding cake; an exclusive reception room, and overnight accommodations. Weddings can be held at the beach just down the street from the inn, in the glass-walled conservatory, or in the music room, next to a grand piano and a crackling fireplace.
Meetings of up to 65 people can be accommodated in the flexible event rooms at The Dan’l Webster Inn. Planning specialists are available to make your meeting run smoothly. The inn has excellent food and high-quality services. Arrangements can be made for your group to golf, play tennis, go deep-sea fishing, ride Harley-Davidson motorcycles, or go jet skiing, parasailing, or kayaking.
Rooms start at $184 per night.
149 Main St, Sandwich, MA 02563, Phone: 508-888-3622
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