Best of Boston

BEST Beach

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
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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, while a ban on watercraft and gear keeps man-made disturbances… read more»

2006 BEST Beach, Martha's Vineyard
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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 glad you escaped Edgartown’s Bud Light-and-boombox hordes. Protected by the… read more»

2006 BEST Beach, Nantucket
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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 sand. On windy mornings, thrill-seekers get adrenaline rushes by battling… read more»

2006 BEST Beach, Cape Cod
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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 marshes, freshwater ponds, and lighthouses were preserved for future generations…. 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 to a 1945 bequest from the estate of Chicago bazillionaire… 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 room you need to relax, with almost 600 acres of… 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 one stands out from others for its spectacular and endless… 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»

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 stand) eases out toward Powder Point Bridge, and ends with… read more»