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Top 5 Coastal Weekend Getaways from Boston

By Abby Grinberg

We’ve finally made it through winter, and summer is just around the corner. With the warm weather comes spending more time outdoors and finally planning trips to the beach. Boston is located conveniently on the North Atlantic coast, making it easy to escape the city and find the perfect beach town oasis. Even if hanging out on the beach isn’t your thing, these charming New England towns have some something for everyone to enjoy. Here are our favorite coastal spots.

1. OGUNQUIT, MAINE
ESTIMATED DRIVING TIME FROM BOSTON: 1.5 HOURS

Named by the Abenaki tribe, Ogunquit means “beautiful place by the sea”. This couldn’t be a more accurate name for this seaside village that hosts some of the best beaches in New England. Take a walk along the cliffs of Marginal Way to soak in the coastal views and visit Ogunquit Beach, a sandy peninsula with grassy dunes. ​

2. PROVINCETOWN, MASSACHUSETTS
ESTIMATED DRIVING TIME FROM BOSTON: 2 HOURS AND 20 MINUTES

Located on the northernmost tip of Cape Cod, Provincetown is a picturesque coastal town, known for its beautiful beaches, restaurants, and the oldest art colony in the country. A majority of the town is preserved as part of the Cape Cod National Seashore Park, providing access to sandy beaches, nature walks, and hiking trails. It’s a perfect spot for a day trip, or can just as easily be turned into a weekend getaway with its abundance of activities.

3. HYANNIS, MASSACHUSETTS
ESTIMATED DRIVING TIME FROM BOSTON: 1.5 HOURS

Known as the “Heart of Cape Cod”, Hyannis couldn’t be in a better location. Martha’s Island and Nantucket are easily accessible by ferry, and Provincetown is only an hour drive away. But you don’t have to go too far, because this historic beach town is a destination in itself. With its many restaurants, museums, art galleries, and plenty of opportunities to get on the water, Hyannis is a spot for everyone. ​

4. NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND
ESTIMATED DRIVING TIME FROM BOSTON: 1 HOUR AND 45 MINUTES

Newport, also known as the “City by the Sea”, is one of New England’s older cities, founded in 1639. This coastal community is bustling with life, attracting visitors from all over. Newport is known for its mansions, including residences that belonged to the Vanderbilt family. Some have been turned into museums so be sure to take a tour. And for any tennis fans, don’t forget to stop by the International Tennis Hall of Fame!

5. PORTSMOUTH, NEW HAMPSHIRE
ESTIMATED DRIVING TIME FROM BOSTON: 1 HOUR

Portsmouth is a port city, offering a lovely combination of city life and nature. With a diverse arts and culture scene, historic colonial sites, and state parks, it’s impossible to run out of things to do. Not sure where to begin? Start by visiting Wallis Sands State Park and dip your toes in the water. 

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