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2022 Beach

Editors’ Choice

Crane Beach, Ipswich 

Crane Beach has found a way to balance conservation and recreation that creates a truly unique beachgoing experience. The spectacular white sand beach is a playground for sunbathers, swimmers, and sand-castle builders. Just off the beach, more than five miles of trails wind through coastal dunes for those with an itch to explore. A bathhouse complex offers changing rooms, a refreshment stand, and a beach shop selling gifts and beach basics. Timed reservations are required, ensuring every visitor stays safe and has plenty of room to enjoy the breathtaking setting. 310 Argilla Rd., Ipswich, 978-356-4354,

Readers’ Choice 

Wingaersheek Beach, Gloucester

Wingaersheek is fantastic any time of day. But when the tide goes out, it becomes clear why BONS voters can’t get enough. The beach extends hundreds of yards toward the horizon, revealing tide pools to explore, sandbars to wade to, and rocks to clamber over. Located at the spot where the Annisquam River flows into Ipswich Bay, the beach is also a popular destination for boaters. Atlantic St., Gloucester,

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