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Best Public Beaches On The South Shore And Cape Cod

Long summer days often leave you looking for an escape from the heat. There is no better way to relax and cool off than with a day spent at the beach. Read a book, lie in the sun, swim or walk along the shoreline. Whether you are taking a day trip or looking to do some beach camping, these South Shore and Cape Cod beaches will give you just what you need.
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213 Nantasket Ave
Hull, MA 02045
(781) 925-4905
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Locals love this beautiful beach, which is great for spending a day swimming, running, dog walking, or catching some rays. Be sure to save time to explore the local town of Hull, home to several great restaurants and shops. For more great beach locations, check out this list of the best beaches near Boston.


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Sandy Neck Beach Park
425 Sandy Neck Road
West Barnstable, MA 02668
(508) 362-8300

Sandy Neck Beach Park is comprised of marshes, dunes and maritime forests, as well as some of the best scenic views on the Cape. It is over 4,700 acres of beautiful landscapes, protected land and ample space for recreational activities. Take a walk along the designated trails to catch a glimpse of wildlife in its natural habitat or spend the day frolicking in the cool water. Head up to the snack bar to refuel after a long day. Don't be afraid to use the changing rooms, as they are clean and well kept.

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Scusset Beach
20 Scusset Beach Road
Sandwich, MA 02563
(508) 888-0859

Scusset Beach is an easily accessible Cape Cod beach, as you don't have to spend time on the bridge crossing over the canal. This sandy beach is known for its great swimming and spacious camping area. The gentle drop in the water is ideal for younger swimmers. A total of 98 campsites are available in close proximity to the beach and are usually well populated with trailer campers. Enjoy a walk along the canal path to break up the day or grab a burger at the snack bar. Restrooms are close by on the boardwalk.

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Duxbury Beach Park
260 Gurnet Road
Duxbury, MA 02332
(781) 837-3112

Duxbury Beach is a six-mile stretch of land from Marshfield to Plymouth. The length of this beach alone assures you will always find a spot. Enjoy a long walk on the soft sand or take a dip in the calm, pristine water. Dual concessions give you plenty of dining options both hot and cold. If you stay into the evening, consider hitting up Blakeman's Restaurant. It features beachside dining in a casual atmosphere that is appropriate for the whole family.

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Old Silver Beach
Quaker Road
North Falmouth, MA 02556
(508) 548-7611

Old Silver Beach is one of many Falmouth beaches. With its soft sand and warm water, you will want to spend more than one summer day here. Wade in the shallow water, which is perfect for those with small children. The clean bathrooms and concessions are just a few steps away, so it's just a quick trip to get what you need. Be sure to arrive early to get a prime parking spot, as this is one of the more popular beaches on the Upper Cape.

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Kim Vareika is the owner of Vareika Personal Training and Yoga in Plainville. She has been in the fitness industry for over ten years, and believes that wellness is about more than just physical health. When she is not teaching, practicing, or writing, she resides in Bridgewater where she enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her nephew Caesar. Her work can be found at

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