by Mabel Sterritt
Do you choose the beach with the big waves or the beach with convenient parking? Why not both? Here are 12 beaches that stretch from Cape Cod to Rhode Island that offer the very best for beachgoers. Pack up the car, slather on the sunscreen and set out on your own beach getaway!
Horseneck Beach State Reservation
Horseneck Beach offers big waves, big dunes and big crowds. With an inexpensive $7.00 parking fee, Horseneck attracts families from all over the state with its lively atmosphere.
43-67 John Reed Road, Westport, MA
Race Point Beach
For those not up to big waves, Race Point Beach offers calm, clear waters and a great spot to watch a sunrise. The trip to the end of the Cape Cod National Seashore is worth it; admission is only $3.00.
Race Point Road, Provincetown, MA
Coast Guard Beach
Consistently ranked one of the cleanest beaches in the country, Coast Guard Beach is known for its beautiful waters and soft sand, while offering a picturesque backdrop of Cape Cod’s famous marshes. Parking is $15.00 and shuttle service to the beach is provided.
2 Ocean View Dr., Eastham, MA
Families can expect to see everything at Crane Beach, from glowing sand dunes to gentle, rolling waves. The $25.00 parking may seem pricey, but the beach stretches for miles, allowing you to find the perfect spot away from crowds while still enjoying the views.
310 Argilla Road, Ipswich, MA
If you’re looking to stay within the city, Carson Beach is the perfect “getaway.” Easily accessible by subway and offering free public parking, this beach gives families the perfect vacation without having to leave the city.
Babe Ruth Road and William J Day Blvd., Boston, MA
Located in Hull, families can spread out on over five miles of sandy beach. Parking fees vary, and both residents and out of state visitors can purchase a MassParks parking pass. Play in the sun and water during the day, then visit the many boutiques and galleries in the area.
Nantasket Avenue, Hull, MA
This scenic and sandy barrier goes from Marshfield to Gurnet Point and Saquish (part of Plymouth) in the south. Bring your camera to capture the picturesque views of the coastline while enjoying a day of fun with your family. Daily parking fees are $15.
206 Gurnet Road, Duxbury, MA
Roger Wheeler State Beach
Roger Wheeler is the perfect beach for families with little to no waves, pristine white sand, convenient bathrooms and a snack bar. Rhode Island residents can expect to pay between $10.00 and $14.00, while outside visitors can expect to pay between $20.00-$28.00. Seasonal passes are available.
100 Sand Hill Cove Road, Narragansett, RI
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by Mabel Sterritt
Fort Adams Beach
Part of Fort Adams State Park, Fort Adams Beach overlooks Newport Harbor and has a roped-off swimming area that’s perfect for families and children. The best part: parking is free and there are no entry fees.
Harrison Ave., Newport, RI
Mackerel Cove (Jamestown Town Beach)
A small, half-mile long beach with calm water that’s quiet and good for families with small children. Parking is $15.00 per day for non-residents, and $15.00 per season for Jamestown residents.
Beavertail Road, Jamestown, RI
Misquamicut State Beach
Besides offering all the regular charms of a beach, Misquamicut also offers mini-golf, water slides, go-carts and other family-friendly activities. Rhode Island residents can expect to pay between $10.00 and $14.00, while outside visitors can expect to pay between $20.00-$28.00.
257 Atlantic Ave., Westerly, RI
Ninigret Park Beach
A freshwater pond located in Ninigret Park for those that prefer freshwater to salt water. The beach is also near tennis courts, picnic tables and nature trails, while also offering free parking, lifeguards and bathrooms.
Rte 1A, Park Lane, Charlestown, RI