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South Shore Massachusetts Beaches

Updated on February 6, 2015

Where to Find the Best Beaches on the South Shore of Massachusetts

Cape Cod is well known for its sandy beaches and rolling dunes, but let's not forget that there are some excellent beaches to choose from right on the South Shore of Massachusetts. These well-kept secrets will are worth the short drive--plus, no waiting in bridge traffic. Read about favorite beaches like Wollaston, Nantasket, Plymouth Beach, Duxbury Beach, and lesser known beautiful beaches in Marshfield, Kingston, and Scituate right here.

Nantasket Beach photo by Nantaskart.

Wollaston Beach

The Most Popular Beach in Quincy

There's plenty to keep you busy at Wollaston Beach. Nearby are historical sites like the Adams National Historical Park, United First Parish Church, and the USS Salem. On the beach, you'll find a large expanse of clean sand, 2.5 miles to be exact. Boating, swimming, and on-duty lifeguards are all summer perks, as well as plenty of parking, local restaurants and the largest marina in the area, Marina Bay. Wollaston Beach is located in the city of Quincy.

Gray's Beach

Gray's Beach, a small beach, is a little known part of Kingston off of Route 3A near Rocky Nook. Access is allowed only with a resident sticker.

Duxbury Beach

One of the state's most popular beaches, Duxbury has 4 miles of clean sand perfect for the summer. It includes sand dunes, ample parking, a bathhouse and concession stand. Get there early on summer days, it gets packed quick. The beach extends out to Saquish Neck and Saquish Village, a peninsula which actually is part of Plymouth. The village is private, while the rest of the neck requires a permit sticker. The large sand dunes provide a great backdrop for beachgoers. Duxbury Beach is also home to several piping plover nests throughout the warmer months of the year.

Photo of Duxbury Beach by muffinman.

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Marshfield Beaches

Rexhame Beach

A large, sandy beach in Marshfield that is not as well known as Duxbury, but might be just as good. Behind the beach, you'll find the South River Marsh, which is worth a look. There are only 25 non-resident parking spaces, so get there really early if you're going on a warm day. Behind the beach, you can see the South River, which has several walking trails in and around the scenic area.

Brant Rock

Brant Rock is a well-known local hangout and small, rocky beach. Close to Duxbury Beach, this small, rocky beach has limited parking. Easily accessible from Route 139, it can get crowded very quickly during the summer months.

Green Harbor

A sandy beach very close to Duxbury Beach with public parking available at the local lobster pound. It's a local favorite because of its lack of rocks, however, it can be hard to find parking on a hot day.

Photo by Rexhame Beach by Vulch.

Scituate Beaches

Minot Beach

This is a well known Scituate beach, but is for residents only. There are great views of Minots Ledge Lighthouse and some large rocks in the ocean, however you'll either need to live here or know someone that does to access the beach.

Egypt Beach

This small rocky beach in N. Scituate is resident only. Nearby are Peggotty Beach and Glades beach, however, these are both private as well.

Photo of Scituate Lighthouse by Lee Cullivan.

Nantasket Beach

The South Shore's Best Known Beach

Nantasket boasts miles of beach, public parking and is easily accessible from anywhere on the South Shore. With over 1000 parking spaces as well as street parking and local restaurants, Nantasket can become very crowded during the summer months.

To reach Nantasket Beach, take rte 228 North until you reach Nantasket Beach in the town of Hull.

Photo of Nantasket Beach by vanhoosear.

Plymouth Beaches

Plymouth Beach

This beach peninsula offers 3 miles of perfectly sandy beach for the public. From this beach, you can see Saquish Neck, and at the end, Plymouth's "Bug Light." From the rear of the beach, Eel River empties into Plymouth Harbor. Views of Plymouth Harbor and the Mayflower can be seen from this side of the beach.

White Horse Beach

This large Plymouth Beach is mostly private, however, the South Beach section is public. Travel down route 3A until you reach Rocky Hill Road. Take Rocky Hill Road until it ends, then take a left. On the right, you'll find public parking. There is plenty of white sand and little crowds here. Just as impressive as any Cape beach, this shoreline has large expanses of open, clean white sand and dunes.

Scusset Beach

This popular beach is actually part of Bourne (or Sagamore), MA, but is on the "mainland" side of the bridge (the non-Cape side). Accessible from the last exit before the Sagamore bridge, this beach is easy to find and much less crowded than some of the other South Shore beaches. A huge parking lot, conession stand, restrooms and picnic tables are all available. To the right of the beach, you'll find the Cape Cod Canal. Access this on Route 6 in several spots for a 5-mile bike path on each side of the canal.

Photo above and below of Plymouth Bug Light by mrtgt.

White Horse Beach, a private beach in Manomet

White Horse Beach, a private beach in Manomet
White Horse Beach, a private beach in Manomet

What's Nearby? - Other places near the South Shore of Massachusetts

Here are some other destinations close to the South Shore of Massachusetts:

  • Plymouth Rock- Landing point of the Pilgrims and the Mayflower, this can be found on the Plymouth Harbor waterfront, along with the Mayflower II.
  • Plimoth Plantation- A recreation of old Pilgrim times, only minutes away from downtown Plymouth and Plymouth Rock.
  • Cape Cod- 15 minutes south of downtown Plymouth, cross the Sagamore Bridge via Route 3.
  • Boston- It's only a 45 minute drive from most points of the South Shore to Boston.
  • Onset/Wareham- The small harbor community of Onset lies at the west entrance of the canal on the "mainland" side. Small shops, canal tours and bridge views are just some of what you can expect to see.

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Have You Been to any of these South Shore Beaches? - Recommend a town, beach, or nearby spot to visit!

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      Patricia 7 years ago

      Wonderful lens on Massachusetts Beaches

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      Deb Kingsbury 7 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      *sigh* I do miss the beach. I'm originally from Rhode Island, born and raised, and lived on the coast much of my life. I'm in Arizona now (Flagstaff), which I just love, but I do need my ocean and beach fix now and then.

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      Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

      Some lovely beaches here. Beautiful artwork on your mousepads

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Lovely photos - makes me want to visit!

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      Lee Hansen 7 years ago from Vermont

      When I was a wee child we lived in west Medford and visited South Shore beaches all the time. In the late fifties my parents wanted to buy their first home in Holliston, so they had to sell ocean front land in Manomet that they'd bought as newlyweds. South Shore and North Shore beaches are still my favorites when I get back to New England.

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      Ecomum 7 years ago

      I must say that is breathtaking place. Honestly.

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      John Parr 7 years ago from Montreal

      Great looking beaches, your pictures do make me want to go. It would take me few hours to get there, I'm in Montreal! 5 stars!

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      MatCauthon 7 years ago

      The landscapes are great. Wow!!!

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      Mary Beth Granger 7 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Looks like some beautiful areas. I really need to travel to the northeast someday to photograph all those wonderful lighthouses.

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      Moe Wood 7 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      I have never been to this area. Looks lovely.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 7 years ago

      I love to walk along the beach here in SC. I prefere walking the beach in the winter, but if I was in Mass, it would have to be summer. I'm not real fond of the cold.

      Great lens,

      Lizzy

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      Webcodes LM 7 years ago

      Just beautiful. 5*

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I've never been to Massachusetts but you sure make it look inviting. Great job featuring the beaches of South Shore Massachusetts.

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      Faye Rutledge 7 years ago from Concord VA

      I've never been to any of the beaches, but they're very beautiful. Love the lighthouses.

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      justholidays 7 years ago

      I never been to those beaches - I live in Europe - but beaches in the first pictures in this page look a lot like ours from the North Sea and this makes your beaches look closer from us than they actually are... I think I'd like Massachusetts...

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      This looks like a great place to visit. I have relatives that live in Massachusetts, but it has been years since I visited.

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Congratulations New Giant! I would love to visit the east coast and see the beaches one day. I just love going to the beach. Have a great summer! :)

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      Anthony Altorenna 6 years ago from Connecticut

      Awesome lense! We often summer on Hummarock, a small pennisula in Scituate with the ocean on one side of the house and the South river on the other. The fishing is some of the best in New England.

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      trippste 5 years ago

      Nantasket Beach is my absolute favorite!

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I haven't been to Massachusetts, but these beaches look great, especially with lighthouses as well. Great job and you made me want to visit, blessed by an angel.

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      BillBarbin 5 years ago

      If you like South Shore beaches you should really look into the beaches of Northshore (North Shore) MA. You will love them!(Hint: It's not all about Gloucester).

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      ohcaroline 5 years ago

      I've never been to Massachusetts...looking forward to visiting. Great beach information.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      scusset beach is really nice but the water is cold! Cheap parking too only 7 dollars

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      Susan Caplan McCarthy 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I love Plymouth, MA. Well, maybe not during tourist season!

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