Beach Trips Without a Car

Summertime road trips to the beach are a given for most New Englanders – but these days, many of us who don’t have to commute by car are ditching car ownership in favor of other modes of transportation, like bikes and the good old MBTA. Luckily, there are many beautiful beaches in and around MA that are easy to get to by public transportation – here are some of our favorites! 

  • Revere Beach offers a two-mile stretch of sand for sun worshippers, along with Victorian style pavilions for shadier spots, as well as a public bathhouse. Hop the MBTA Blue Line at Park Street out to Wonderland Station, where it’s a quick walk to the sand.

  • If you like the idea of getting out on the open water, hop the ferry at Boston’s Long Wharf for Spectacle Island – the only island in Boston Harbor with a sandy beach and lifeguards on duty. The highest land point in the Harbor, Spectacle Island offers spectacular views of the city, as well as 5 miles of walking trails.

  • Think those gorgeous North Shore beaches are only accessible by car? Manchester-By-The-Sea’s beautiful Singing Beach is reachable by commuter rail, and only a pleasant 15-minute walk from the station (or 5 minute Uber). Its spectacular scenery makes the minor trek worth it, as does the surprisingly good food served up at the Singing Beach Canteen. Leave the cooler at home and grab some tasty bites there instead. $5 walk-on fee from May to October.

  • A bit farther afield, southern Maine’s Old Orchard Beach offers visitors a gorgeous 7-mile stretch of pristine coastline, fully lifeguarded and with plenty of room for any beachfront activity. If you’re done with the sun, walk down to Old Orchard Pier, where you can eat, shop, fish, or even hop on a whale watching tour. The Amtrak Downeaster stops at OOB from April through October, pulling up just a two-minute walk away.

 For diehard Cape lovers, there’s no need to battle Bourne Bridge traffic to reach some of the most beautiful stretches of our National Seashore. Provincetown’s Race Point Beach sits at the Cape’s farthest tip, stretching for miles below some spectacular dunes. There’s access to a bathhouse and bathrooms, as well as the charming Old Harbor Life-Saving Station Museum which was moved out to P-Town on a barge from Chatham back in the 1970s. To get there – either take the regular or high-speed ferry from Bay State Cruises out of Boston’s World Trade Center; Boston Harbor Cruises out of Long Wharf; or the Plymouth & Brockton bus from Boston and other points. Boats and buses arrive at MacMillan Wharf. From there, take The Breeze Shuttle to the Beach.

(photo courtesy AZToursTravel)