Originally Posted by Eileencc
Hi Chris! I would also recommend the Cape if you can hack the extra distance. I think it's about an hour from Boston, depending on where you stay. It's about 30 miles from the Sagamore Bridge at the beginning of the Cape all the way out to Provincetown at the tip...The national seashore beaches are beautiful, and there's lots to do. The surf on the ocean side of the Cape is much rougher, and the water is chillier. If there are kids, you may prefer the beaches on the bay side. There are lots of big cottages and condos for rent along the Cape. Some of the prettier towns are Chatham, Eastham, Wellfleet, and Provincetown.
The other thing you may want to consider is Newport, Rhode Island. I haven't been there in quite some time, but I remember it as an area with nice beaches, lots of activities, and still a semi-reasonable distance from Boston.
Good luck and let us know how the search for accommodations goes!
And don't forget Truro- also a nice town with beautiful beaches. I particuarly love the lower and outer cape (the towns that Eileen mentions)- the National Seashore beaches are really beautiful.
The most lively of these towns would be Provincetown, but hard to find a beachfront property. I did see this listing for a 19 bedroom
sea captain's house though!
I'd start with cyberrentals and vrbo, but you can also contact realtors in any of those towns who could help you out.
We often stay in Wellfleet. I have pictures I've been meaning to post from our week there in June and if I do I'll give you a heads up here to see the thread. Of course we stayed in a tiny little cottage
for two, and the beach was down a very, very steep dune, but we loved it. Like I said, the beaches there are wonderful!
You can't go wrong with Martha's Vineyard, either, where Sara (Buggirl) lives.
The Cape and Vineyard are well worth the drive. I think they are better options than the north shore, if you've never been here. And like others have said, the water's a lot warmer to the south!