Boston is quite a busy city. That is the number one reason why so many people only spend a couple of days there exploring. The rest of their vacation time is spent exploring the little towns and villages nearby. If you are planning a road trip through New England and want to spend a couple of days in Boston, I recommend you add the area of Marblehead to your list of destinations as well.
As you are driving from Boston to Marblehead, you will have the opportunity to stop at some of the best beaches in the state of Massachusetts. Don’t pass them all by. You can easily stop for a little bit to sink your toes in the sand and soak in all the sights.
Forty Steps Beach used to be located a mere forty steps away from Nahant Road in the little town of Hanant. However, there has been plenty of erosion over the years. You must walk a little more to reach this stretch of sand. Most people love this beach because of all the sea glass they can find as they are walking around. There are also many colorful pebbles all over this sand. You must move them if you want to be successful at grabbing the beautiful sea glass that arrives from the water.
Short Beach is a residential beach in Nahant, MA. You must have a residential parking pass to park near the sand. It is best to visit this beach during low tide because some areas are rockier than others. The waves are calm some days and quite high other days. So, you will want to use caution before going out for a swim. When the waves are calm though, it is easy for kids to walk out into the water for a few feet before it gets too deep.
There are not many dog-friendly beaches in the US. But Doggie Beach in Nahant is one of the beaches that allow furry friends from October 1st through April 30th. This beach is right next to Nahant Beach. It is cordoned off for the safety of everyone. You must keep your dog on a leash during your visit. However, you will not be restricted to any specific area of this beach during your visit. Since the water is calm at this beach, both you and your dog can easily go for a swim in between long walks along the sandy shoreline.
Each one of these spectacular beaches offers extraordinary views of Boston’s shoreline without the hustle and bustle of being in the big city.
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