DUXBURY BEACH, Gurnet Road, Duxbury.
Widely regarded as one of the best beaches on the South Shore, if not all of Massachusetts, this barrier beach is covered by miles of swooping sand dunes and rocky shore. During low tide the sand seems to spread out in all directions. On hot summer days, the public section of the beach can get crowded, (parking is $15) but walk farther along toward Saquish and you’ll find all the space you need to spread out a blanket and picnic. Don’t forget sunblock.
By: Luke O'Neil, Globe Correspondent