The sheltered bay side of Cape Cod has its advantages, including quiet beaches and shallow swimming areas.
Although some of the more popular beaches are further from the city, Boston and the Harbor Islands have a few good locations for cooling off.
From Bourne to Provincetown, just about every town has at least one beach. Tall sand dunes of the Cape Cod National Seashore frame its clean, white beaches.
On the islands, it's all about the beaches. Martha's Vineyard's Moshup Beach was the Travel Channel's pick for one of the Best Walking Beaches in America.
The small island is about relaxing, and it has great variety in beaches.
Crane Beach, Good Harbor and Wingaersheek are just a few of the popular beaches of Massachusetts' North Shore. Gloucester, Ipswich, Salisbury and Plum Island are top vacation spots.
The South Shore has its beautiful beaches too, including Horseneck in Westport.