Readers Say

This is the best beach in Massachusetts, according to readers

You'll find it in Ipswich.

Crane Beach
Crane Beach in Ipswich. Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff

When we asked readers to name the best beach in Massachusetts, there was a clear favorite — Crane Beach in Ipswich.

Crane Beach, which bills itself as “the Northeast’s most spectacular beach,” was chosen by 16 out of 101 readers as the best beach in the state. After that, three beaches tied for second place with seven votes each: Coast Guard Beach in Eastham, Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester, and Mayflower Beach in Dennis.

Crane Beach offers more than 1,200 acres of beachfront, dunes, and maritime forest and is visited by more than 350,000 people annually, according to the Trustees of Reservations, which owns and maintains the property.


“I love Crane Beach!” wrote a reader named Susan. “It is absolutely stunning. The beach itself is clean, has restrooms, changing rooms and a great snack bar with fresh wraps. The beach is so spacious, you have plenty of room to spread out. Only negative is expensive parking.”

“The Trustees care for the beach and the public like family,” wrote Carol Wasserman. “Incredible views and boardwalk, stunning wildlife refuge, well-positioned snack bar and very clean bath house. Environmentally conscious with ample recycling and disposal facilities.”

Ahead, check out the Massachusetts beaches readers love most. Is your favorite on the list?

  • Bank Street Beach in Harwich Port
  • Black Point Beach in Chilmark
  • Cahoon Hollow Beach in Wellfleet
  • Carson Beach in South Boston
  • Cisco Beach on Nantucket
  • Coast Guard Beach in Eastham
  • Cold Storage Beach in Dennis
  • Crane Beach in Ipswich
  • Dowses Beach in Osterville
  • Duxbury Beach in Duxbury
  • Eisman’s Beach in Swampscott
  • Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester
  • Head of The Meadow Beach in Truro
  • Horseneck Beach State Reservation Westport 
  • Lambert’s Cove Beach in West Tisbury
  • Lighthouse Beach in Chatham
  • Longnook Beach in Truro
  • Lynn Beach in Lynn
  • Malibu Beach in Dorchester
  • Marconi Beach in Wellfleet
  • Mayflower Beach in Dennis
  • Moshup Beach on Martha’s Vineyard
  • Nantasket Beach in Hull
  • Nauset Beach in Orleans
  • Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet
  • Norton Point Beach on Martha’s Vineyard
  • Old Silver Beach in Falmouth
  • Paine’s Creek Beach in Brewster
  • Philbin Beach on Martha’s Vineyard
  • Race Point Beach in Provincetown
  • Revere Beach in Revere
  • Salisbury Beach in Salisbury
  • Sandy Neck Beach Park in Barnstable
  • Sandy Point State Reservation in Ipswich
  • Seagull Beach in Yarmouth
  • Short Beach in Nahant
  • Singing Beach in Manchester-by-the-Sea
  • South Beach on Martha’s Vineyard
  • South Cape Beach in Mashpee
  • Tashmoo Beach in Tisbury
  • Tenean Beach in Boston
  • West Dennis Beach in Dennis
  • Wingaersheek Beach in Gloucester
  • Wollaston Beach in Quincy

Chris from Boston offered this philosophy on favorite beaches: “My favorite beach in Massachusetts is Seagull Beach in W. Yarmouth. Does it have jagged clam shells all over the place from the gulls dropping them? Yup. Is the water cold and usually full of seaweed? You bet. Do you need to wear water shoes or risk slicing your feet on rocks and shells as you get into the ocean? Without a doubt. Will the seagulls snag your fries if you look away for one second? Like clockwork. But I’ve watched my kids grow up there, building sandcastles, learning to swim, making friends, and eating as many fries as they can before the seagulls steal them. Those memories outweigh the cuts on my feet a thousand fold. It’s not so much about the beach itself, but what you do there and who you’re with. What’s a New England beach without some rocks, shells, seaweed, cold water, and confrontational seagulls anyway?” 


Responses have been lightly edited for clarity.


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