Beaches off the Beaten Path
A day at the beach means summer is here! We’re re soaking up the sun, listening to crashing waves, and enjoying fresh seafood on the boardwalk. However eagerly anticipated, this picturesque vision is virtually unattainable–unless you have a private beach–because warm weather also means crowds, heavy Cape traffic, and swarms of tourists. While Boston’s Friday afternoon exodus down Route 3 is somewhat of a tradition, why not try something a little different this beach season? Pack a bag with Mr. Sid’s beach-ready attire and skip the gridlock on Sagamore Bridge in favor of New England’s best “unknown” beaches.
Start with a change of scenery by heading North out of the city. Contrary to popular belief, Maine is much more than rocky cliffs with a large expanse of sandy beaches along its southern coast. We recommend Long Sands Beach, a 1.5 mile stretch of beautiful sand with views of the Nubble Lighthouse. Equally as scenic, the small town of Ogunquit, meaning “beautiful place by the sea,” boasts a large beach complete with kayaking and paddleboarding. Ogunquit Beach, ME
If you prefer to stick closer to home but still want to avoid the crowds, try the uniquely named “Singing Beach” in Manchester. Just shy of ½ mile wide, Singing Beach is known for its unusual sand that reportedly “sings” or squeaks beneath your feet. You should also check out Gloucester’s Wingaersheek Beach, running along the Annisquam River and Ipswich Bay. At low tide, Wingaersheek offers an extensive sandbar that provides excellent opportunity for exploration. Wingaersheek Beach, MA
While NH may only have 18 miles of coast, they make up for it with pristine sandy beaches. For a quiet, peaceful beach experience, we suggest you visit Wallis Sands State Park and Jenness State Beach. Wallis Sands is an excellent choice for families, with several dining options, a bathhouse, and a grassy picnic area available. Similarly, Jenness Beach offers its visitors a large expanse of sandy beach that is perfect for surfing, sunbathing, and swimming. Wallis Sands Beach, NH
Newport is by far Rhode Island’s most popular beach. However, in favor of taking the road less traveled, we highly recommend trying the South Shore Beach in Little Compton and its neighbor, Goosewing Beach. Both options feature white sand, swimming, and relaxation. Being apart of The Nature Conservatory, Goosewing Beach especially offers picturesque views and opportunities for hiking and birdwatching. Little Compton Beaches, RI
Now that you know where to go, we’ll suggest what to wear. Pack your bag with versatile pieces that can take you from beach or boat to dinner. Our picks will elevate your look from beachside to barside with items like Gran Sasso’s terry cloth polos with moisture-wicking technology, stylish beach to boat shoes from Swims, and fashionable patterned trunks from Van Laack and Luciano Barbera.
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