Top Ten Budget Beach Vacations
The best beach vacation destinations that won’t stretch your wallet.
7. Cape Ann, Massachusetts
Wise-faced fishermen sew their nets in the early hours of the morning on the docks of America’s oldest fishing port, Gloucester. In nearby Manchester-by-the-Sea, couples and families stake their claim to exquisite Singing Beach, tucked away in a cove and backed by cliffs and precariously perched mansions. Welcome to Massachusetts’ lesser known cape, the one locals don’t want you to know about, Cape Ann. Forty miles north of Boston (reachable by commuter rail), Cape Ann beckons sun worshippers to its long stretches of sand. When you tire of the sun, head to the village of Rockport, known for its shops, galleries, and restaurants. Or try a famous lobster-in-the-rough joint, Woodman’s in Essex, the seafood shack that created the fried clam on July 3, 1916. Stay at the Wingaersheek Motel, which has discount beach passes to nearby Wingaersheek Beach, a family favorite. Rooms start at $100 a night in summer.
Massachusetts Beach Vacation Guide