“The views of Plymouth Harbor, Long Beach, and Saquish are absolutely gorgeous,” said town resident Mary Ellen Bavaro. The park is open from dawn until dusk. Restrooms and free parking are available.
Nantasket Beach, Hull: Pack a cooler or buy your food from nearby shops and vendors with a plentiful array of options, including pizza, seafood, burgers, salads, and kebabs. Picnic tables are located on the sidewalk, near the pavilion, and by the playground near the bathhouse.
During low tide you can spread a blanket and enjoy your picnic right on the beach. Open dawn to dusk, with a daily parking fee of $10 per vehicle between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Street parking is limited.
Duxbury Beach, Duxbury: The public beach area just over Powder Point Bridge offers parking for the daily rate of $15, with the lot open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Here you can bring your own picnic, or purchase food from the snack bar or at Blakeman’s, a full-service restaurant open from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
Typically, owners of four-wheel-drive vehicles can purchase a seasonal permit allowing them to park right on the beach, which is leased to the town by the nonprofit Duxbury Beach Reservation organization. But until at least mid-July this year, access is being restricted in order to protect the nests of the endangered piping plover.
Restrooms and showers are available at the Duxbury Beach Park bathhouse.
Stacey Shipman can be contacted online at www.staceyshipman.com.