When it comes to sand and seaside around here, thoughts often turn to a day trip to Cape Cod. But the Cape isn't the only place to throw your towel down; Boston’s North and South Shores also boast picturesque beaches, all less than an hour’s drive outside the city (summer traffic withstanding). And for people without easy car access, the Hub itself has a number of urban sandbars perfect for relaxing or taking a refreshing dip in the ocean. We're giving you a slew of local saltwater spots you should get to this summer—just be sure to check out all of the regulations and pricing before you grab your sunblock. And if you're looking for other warm weather activities, take a look at our guides to the best summer activities, the best waterfront restaurants and the best cruises in Boston.
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