Best crescent beach
Most beaches in the northeastern part of Massachusetts are long stretches of sand and rock that run on and on, seemingly to the horizon. Less common are the crescent-shaped beaches that lend privacy to a lazy day, and among those treasures, Singing Beach in Manchester by-the-Sea stands out. This apron of sand feels both roomy and tucked away. Its parking lot is primarily for residents, so you’re better off taking the Rockport Line and walking from the station. There is a $5 beach admission per person.