Growing up 10 minutes from the beach in Southern California, I am used to driving to the beach around 1, staying for an hour or so, heading home, and considering that a day at the beach. “Beach Day” for most of my New England friends means leaving Boston by 9:30, 10:00 at the latest, driving an hour or more to a beach in Gloucester or on the Cape, and spending the whole day there. There are closer beaches that you can take the T to get to, they don’t really portray the way Massachusetts beaches really look. So, Ive decided to compile a list of the easiest and best beaches to get to by using either the T or the Commuter rail. Honestly, I haven’t tried all of these yet, but I have heard good things from those who have! I’ll be at Singing Beach tomorrow, so I’ll post a picture and how I actually feel about it later.
1. Singing Beach
Where is it? Manchester, MA
How do I get there? Catch the Commuter Rail from North Station to the Manchester stop on the Rockport line. From there, it’s about a half-mile walk from the station to the beach.
Why is it great? While you have to pay a 5-dollar walk on fee to get on Singing beach, it’s worth it to have a clean beach to walk on. It’s small, secluded, and the sand is said to be really soft. They even have a place called Captain Dusty’s that has ice cream sandwiches! I will be going here tomorrow, so I will let you know how it goes!
2. Carson Beach
Where is it? South Boston
How do I get there?Subway: Take the Red Line to JFK/UMass.
Bus: MBTA Routes 5, 8,11,16,41
Why is it great? Carson Beach is said to have the best swimming beach in the area. It was recently renovated with new sand, new walkways, and benches. It also has a great view of the harbor.
3. Back Beach
Where is that? Rockport, MA
How do I get there? Go to North Station and take the Rockport line to the end. From there, walk 0.5 minutes
Why is it great? It’s great for ocean swimming, but not so much for a day relaxing at the beach. The actual beach surface has more rocks than sand. Personally, if I’m going to have to stay somewhere for a few hours, I need somewhere to tan!
4. Spectacle Island
Where is it? Boston Harbor Islands
How do I get there? 15 minute ferry from downtown Boston (see ferry schedule here)
Why is it great? The Boston Harbor islands has 12 islands that you are able to visit, but Spectacle Island is the best place to swim since it has lifeguards on duty during the summer hours (May till Columbus Day). Spectacle Island is also great for hiking, boating, and learning. They have a visitor’s center that talks about the history and evolution of the island as well. Best part about the Harbor Islands is they all have great views of the Boston Harbor and city by going to the top of the island! Pricing for ferry tickets are 15 dollars round trip–not too bad for spending the day on an Island!
Where is it? Cape Cod
How Do I get there? Boston Harbor to Provincetown Ferry (ferry schedule info Here)
Why is it great? Provincetown is right at the top of the Cape, and takes 90 minutes to get there by ferry. Provincetown has great stores, restaurants, and beaches right off the ferry! It’s a great place to stay for the day or overnight. There’s so much to do, I’d suggest staying overnight! The ferry tickets for round trip are 88 dollars a person, plus a 12 dollar fee for bikes, if you decide to bring yours. This is one place I have actually been, and I can say its absolutely gorgeous. But then again, most places on the Cape are!