Best of Boston

BEST Beach

2002 BEST Beach, North

Revere Beach Reservation


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, it’s again one of the best. The bathhouses might still… read more»

2002 BEST Beach, South

Duxbury Beach


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 bookending the peninsula and a pristine bay lapping at the… read more»

2001 BEST Beach, North

Crane Beach


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»

2001 BEST Beach, South

Duxbury Beach


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 place. For nonresidents, there’s plenty of reasonably priced public parking…. read more»

2000 BEST Beach

Crane Beach


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 white sand, you may decide to trade in your power… read more»

1999 BEST Beach

Crane Beach


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 setting that makes the parking fee ($9 to $15—half price… 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, jogging, and birdwatching. But don’t pack a lunch—picnicking is allowed… read more»

1986 BEST Beach

Crane’s Beach


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»