There’s no doubt that Massachusetts has some of the best beaches in the country. With an abundant coastline of about 1,519 miles of shoreline, there are plenty of beautiful beaches to keep everyone in the family happy. But with so many options, how do you choose? No matter what region you’re in, we’ve got you covered with some of the best places to relax in the sun, catch a few waves, or run around with your four-legged friend.


North Shore

Plum Island

This is your one stop shop for anything and everything you could want out of a beach day. There is plenty of beautiful beaches to relax on, certain areas where you can fish, you can bring your boats to shore, and if you are a bird lover, then the refuge is definitely not a place to skip before you leave. The town of Newburyport is just a quick drive away, where everything you’d want in a small beach town awaits. Be careful to steer clear of the island in early July though because the greenhead fly, a biting horsefly, takes over much of the beach during this time.


Castle Island

While not actually an island, you’ll still feel like you are far enough away from the big city to have a relaxing day. This is the perfect place to bring the family for the day because there is always so much going on. Take a stroll around pleasure bay where you’ll see gorgeous views of the Boston skyline, sit and have a picnic, cool off with a dip in the 3-mile stretch of ocean, take the kids on the playground, or visit historic Sullivan’s for a sweet treat. The best part is that it’s just a quick trip from downtown Boston.

South Shore

Duxbury Beach Reservation

With long stretches of beautiful beach to stroll down, a mixture of sandy sections and rocky sections, and plenty of parking, this is the perfect spot south of Boston to spend a sunny day. If you want to make a full day out of it there are plenty of restaurants to grab a lobster roll after your day in the sun. With a permit, you’re even able to drive out onto the beach- but don’t forget to let some air out of your tires before!

Cape Cod

Skaket Beach

Many New Englanders flock here during the warmer months because there are so many great places to go and you don’t need to hop on a ferry to feel like you’re far from the city. While there are many great beaches on the Cape, one of our favorites is Skaket in Orleans which was ranked the #1 Best Vacation Spot in the U.S. News & World Report. This small beach is great because the warm water is calm, conditions are generally great for kite flying, and the sunsets are always breathtaking.



While this might be one of the most popular beaches on the island, it is not to be missed. It’s a great spot for families because there is food available for purchase, restroom facilities, and a wide beach perfect for sunbathing and playing games. Since this beach is on the south shore of the island it is also great for surfing with bigger waves than you’ll find on other parts of the island. There is also plenty of free parking so you won’t have a far trek.


Martha’s Vineyard

Aquinnah Beaches

Martha’s Vineyard is known for it’s pristine gorgeous beaches that are all unique in some way to the six different towns on the island. What makes this beach unique is its close location to the breathtaking clay cliffs that can be seen from the beach. It will take a little longer to get to this isolated spot, but it is well worth it because it is usually less crowded.

No matter what region of Massachusetts you want to visit on your weekend or day off from work, you cannot go wrong with so many great beach options. So, grab the kids, pack a cooler, and don’t forget the sunscreen because before you know it the chilly Boston winters will be coming back!