Best of Boston

BEST Beach, north

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 to a 1945 bequest from the estate of Chicago bazillionaire… 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 the crowds down, meaning it’s actually possible to avoid having… 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, an unpopulated part of the beach that stretches on so… read more»