Soaking up the sun’s rays, listening to the tranquil crashing of the ocean waves—for many Massachusetts residents, it’s not summer until the beach trips begin.
But when you arrive at a popular shore on a nice day to see the coastline full of umbrellas with spots already claimed, it’s the crowds that put a damper on your visit. Massachusetts offers beautiful beaches with some that definitely top visitors’ lists, while others maintain low profiles as secluded gems far outside the public eye.
Read on to find out about four hidden Massachusetts beaches you didn’t know about—until now. Each of these sandy secluded retreats are under an hour and a half ride from the Brockton, Stoughton, and Randolph area and make a perfect day trip or weekend getaway.
Family-Friendly Hidden Beach: Wingaersheek Beach, Gloucester, MA
Largely shielded by the Ipswich Peninsula, the water at Wingaersheek Beach provides virtually still ocean conditions ideal for a little one’s first swim. Wingaersheek is also home to magnificent tide pools that let kids and adults alike interact with nature and explore sea creatures’ habitats in a private setting. When the tide falls, the long sand bar that surfaces offers a relaxing stroll on quite the scenic pathway.
Hike to Seclusion: Bound Brook Island, Wellfleet, MA
One Cape Cod–area treasure in Wellfleet, MA, is Bound Brook Island. The few beach visitors that know the way park at the Atwood-Higgins House (a National Historic Seashore site) and meander a mile and a half past tall sand dunes to reach Bound Brook’s lovely expanse of coastline views. This winding-yet-pleasant hike is what keeps such a picturesque beach largely unoccupied throughout the summer season.
Small Shore, Big Relaxation: Lane Beach, Weymouth, MA
Lane Beach is a local family-friendly hidden treasure situated less than 15 miles from Brockton. Many people forget about Weymouth’s stretch of coastline because of more popular areas surrounding Quincy and Hingham, but Lane is a well-stocked compact beauty. With ample parking, outdoor showers, and central bathrooms, Lane Beach is a refreshing, quaint hideaway from the rest of the beach frenzy. The town also offers swimming lessons and kayaking in the summer months.
Nature Lover’s Tucked-Away Beach: Monomoy Wildlife Refuge, Chatham, MA
The phrase “only accessible by boat” is like music to hidden beach seeker’s ears. Monomoy Wildlife Refuge is an established sanctuary for migratory birds and marine wildlife in southern Cape Cod. The refuge offers seal tours by boat and a walking route with spectacular views of the water from nearly every point along the trail. Monomoy’s virtually empty beach is the perfect sunbathing spot for peaceful contemplation on a summer day.
Brockton, Randolph, and Stoughton residents looking for a beach day that flies under the radar will enjoy exploring each one of these quiet beach beauties that keep the crowds at bay. Pack sunscreen, bug spray, plenty of water, and a good book and you’re well on your way to the ultimate summer tranquility fix!