Just as it seemed as though we’d never see the end of the cool, damp spring, this week’s high temps have reminded us that summer is finally here. Check out these MBTA-accessible beaches and make a plan to cool off by the shore.
Carson Beach, South Boston
How to get there: Red Line to JFK/UMass stop, then a short walk down William J. Day Boulevard.
Why go: The waves may not be huge, but you can’t beat the proximity to the city and the opportunities for people watching.
More info: http://www.bostonharborwalk.com/placestogo/location.php?nid=6&sid=45
Spectacle Island, Boston Harbor Islands
How to get there: Blue Line to Aquarium stop, then a Boston Harbor Islands ferry from Long Wharf for a $14 round-trip.
Why go: One of the Boston’s best-kept secrets. Built mostly on fill left over from the Big Dig, Spectacle boasts a beautiful beach, pristine water and hiking trails that offer an amazing view of Boston Harbor.
More info: http://www.bostonislands.com/spectacle
Revere Beach, Revere
How to get there: Blue Line to the Revere Beach or Wonderland stops.
Why go: The oldest public beach in the United States — founded two years before Northeastern, in 1896 — Revere Beach draws a diverse crowd from Boston and the North Shore suburbs.
More info: http://reverebeach.com/
Singing Beach, Manchester-by-the-Sea
How to get there: Newburyport/Rockport commuter rail line to Manchester, then a 15-minute walk down Beach Street.
Why go: Located off the beaten path, this quiet North Shore beach got its name from its distinct sand, which produces a squeaky sound as you drag your bare feet through it.
More info: http://www.manchester.ma.us/pages/manchesterma_recreation/singingbeach
Winthrop Shores Reservation, Winthrop
How to get there: Blue Line to the Orient Heights stop, then the Paul Revere Bus service to Winthrop Beach.
Why go: This beach, just north of the city, tends not to draw huge crowds, providing a quiet spot for an afternoon of sun and surf.
More info: http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/metroboston/winthrop.htm