If you don’t have a car, or if you just can’t get yourself to sit through two to three hours of Cape Cod traffic, then you need to check out these four convenient Boston beaches for your next summer getaway. All of these are accessible and affordable by taking the MBTA. All you’ll need is some sunblock, a towel and your Charlie card.
1. Revere Beach in Revere, Mass.
As America’s first public beach, Revere boasts about four and a half miles worth of sand and water for beach-goers to bask in. During peak season of the hot summer months, towel space fills up quickly, but you can always grab a roast beef sandwich at the famous Kelly’s Roast Beef or check out the annual National Sand Sculpting Festival. All you have to do is take the Blue Line outbound towards Wonderland and get off at Revere Beach. From there, it would be impossible to miss the long, sandy shoreline that it has been known for.
2. L and M Street Beach, aka “Southie Beach,” in South Boston.
Largely ignored in the past, the L and M street beaches that stretch along South Boston’s coast are quickly becoming major hotspots for locals and commuters looking for Boston beaches. Many beach bums can be seen jogging, walking, skating or biking on the HarborWalk while others sunbathe and swim. The L and M street beaches are side-by-side to one another and can easily be reached by taking the Red Line to Broadway Station, switching to the #9 bus to E. Broadway and getting off at L street.
3. Carson Beach in South Boston.
Similar to the L and M Street Beaches, Carson Beach can be found on the HarborWalk by Pleasure Bay Beach. Offering to its guests access to a newly renovated boathouse with restrooms and changing tables, in addition to fishing piers and great skyline views, the only thing standing in the way between you and the sun is a quick trip on the Red Line to the JFK/UMass Station, and a leisurely stroll down William J. Day Boulevard.
4. Wollaston Beach in Quincy, Mass.
Just a short 19 minute walk from the Wollaston stop on the Red Line, Wollaston Beach is the largest Boston Harbor beach with about 2.3 miles of uninterrupted sand stretching along Quincy Shore Drive. This getaway also features a continuous walkway, parking spaces, a number of food concessions, kid-friendly parks nearby and an insta-worthy view of the Boston skyline. To get there, take the Red Line towards Braintree, get off at Wollaston and walk for 15-20 minutes via Willet Street and Beach Street.