Looking to hit the beach? Don’t have a car? No problem. There are a number of beaches in the Boston area that you can reach simply by taking public transportation. Why deal with the hassle of summer traffic, parking, and gas mileage anyway? Leave the worries at home, hop a train, and find yourself sunning at these accessible beaches within no time at all.
There may be a honky tonk feel to this beach on the strip in Revere, but it’s a favorite for Boston day-trips, and particularly for surfers. Established in 1896, Revere Beach was the first public beach in America and boasts a rich history. Be sure to stop by Kelly’s Roast Beef for some of the most famous sandwiches and fried clams in town. Take the Blue Line T to Revere Beach Station.
One of Massachusetts most scenic beaches is actually easily accessible via commuter rail, a bonus since the limited parking at the beach is for Manchester-by-the-Sea residents only, and the nearby public parking lot is apt to fill up rather quickly during summer days. The gorgeous, rocky landscape at Singing can often make you feel as if you traveled hours for a beach vacation, yet the train awaits you just steps away. Take the Commuter Rail from North Station to the Manchester stop. From there, it’s about a half-mile walk from the station to the beach. There is a walk-on fee per person each day.
Just a stone’s throw from the Northeast Expressway, Carson Beach, located in South Boston, may not be the most serene or secluded seashore spot in New England, but it is a fine place for a respite from a mid-summer day in the city. If you choose to drive, free parking abounds along William J Day Blvd. There are clean bathhouses here, fantastic views of the Boston Harbor, and walkways for pedestrians and bikers. Take the Red Line to the JFK/UMass station. The beach is a short walk across Morrissey Blvd.
M Street Beach
If you're heading toward Castle Island, M Street Beach is just a few blocks over from Carson Beach, just past the Curley Community Center, known to many as the L Street Bathhouse. There tends to be more of Millennial crowd at this part of the beach, though the experience is pretty similar to Carson. Take either the same directions as Carson and walk over to M Street Beach or opt for the bus. The #10 bus will drop you off at E Broadway @ M St and from there it's a .4 mile walk to the beach. Another option is to take the #11 bus to E 8th St @ M St, which will drop you off just a two minute walk from the beach.
Castle Island Beach
Yes, there’s the allure of Sullivan’s, the famous take-out spot, and Fort Independence, the imposing and impressive Fort Independence, the oldest, continuously fortified site of English origin in the United States. But Castle Island also boasts its own beach that provides unparalleled views of the downtown skyline as well as the historic Boston Harbor. It’s a favorite location for locals, yet one that doesn’t seem to make the tourist map all too much. Via bus, take one of MBTA routes 5, 7, 9, 10, or 11.