Katama Beach, Martha’s Vineyard
A quick ferry ride from Woods Hole, Martha’s Vineyard is a world of its own. All 30 miles of this affluent summer getaway’s southern coast is aptly known as South Beach. A popular section is the three-mile barrier strand of Katama. Its heavy wave action takes surfers on wild rides, but wide sweeping dunes temper the excitement with a sense of calm. A local tip – families find their spots usually to the left, while the rowdy crowd of younger beachgoers head right.
Great Point and Children’s Beach, Nantucket
As an island just 14 miles long and 3.5 miles wide, it’s easy to find the perfect stretch of pristine sand on Nantucket, just a short ferry ride from Hyannis. For the utmost in privacy, try Great Point Beach on the northernmost tip. Complete with its own lighthouse and serving as part of the Coatue Wildlife Refuge, it’s as remote as it gets. For a getaway with the little ones, hit Children’s Beach. Right on the harbour and with parks, a playground and picnic tables, this is Nantucket’s best wave-free beach.
Written by Cheryl Fenton
Singing beach sunset © iStock: Chee-Onn Leong
Singing beach © iStock: Chee-Onn Leong
Wingaersheek © Jay Albert