Top 10 New England Beaches - Page 2

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Beach at Truro, Massachusetts
Beach at Truro, Massachusetts  (iStockphoto)

6. Truro, Massachusetts
Moving down the Massachusetts coast to the cape you will find beautiful beaches aplenty along the Cape Cod National Seashore, which spans the tip of the cape from Truro to Provincetown. Truro is home to several public beaches on the bay and on the ocean. Two favorites on the ocean side are High Head Beach and Head of the Meadow. Both beaches allow 4X4 vehicle access with the proper permit (obtained from the town offices) so you can drive to your favorite spot to enjoy the beach your own way. Head of the Meadow is known for its high glacial cliffs and sand dunes, some of which are more than 100 feet tall. The cliffs serve as a scenic backdrop to your overlook of the great Atlantic Ocean.

7. Race Point, Massachusetts
Amble on down the road about 10 miles to enjoy Race Point Beach in Provincetown at the very tip of Massachusetts’ outstretched arm. Catch some rays on this continuation of the National Seashore, but be careful of strong rip tides pulling you out to sea. Tired of sitting around? Take a walk to the Race Point Lighthouse or enjoy the arts culture in Provincetown.

8 and 9. South Beach, Martha’s Vineyard, and Smith’s Point, Nantucket, Massachusetts
Of course, great beaches surround the Massachusetts islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, all of which are worth a visit. Here are two particularly great beaches to add to the list. South Beach on Martha’s Vineyard faces Smith’s Point on Nantucket across an expanse of the Atlantic, and both are beautiful beaches. South Beach is easily accessible by car or, better yet, by an easy two-mile bicycle ride if you are staying in the Edgartown area. In mid-summer, the water temperature is comfortable for body-surfing and floating in the waves, just be careful of getting slammed down on the small rocks and shells that gather at the breaking point. Across the Nantucket Sound on Smith’s Point, enjoy the warm, calm waters of the Atlantic. Smith’s point is also a great fishing destination. Vehicles with a permit are allowed on both South Beach and Smith’s Point. Fun for the whole family abounds on the islands!

10. Narragansett Beach, Rhode Island
Wrapping up our north-south tour of New England’s best beaches is Narragansett Beach in Rhode Island. Enjoy a Narragansett beer on Narragansett Beach for the full experience. Beach parking is $10 on weekdays, $15 on weekends, and admission is $6 for beachgoers over 11. Kids 11 years and younger enjoy the beach for free, making this beach a great destination for families with young children. The beach is also great for surfing, walking the sea wall, and taking pictures that will make all your friends jealous of your New England beach vacation.

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