Massachusetts is home to many breathtaking attractions including our beaches. With summer just around the corner, you may be thinking about planning a vacation if you haven't done so already. If catching rays on a beautiful New England beach is a must-have for your summer vacation outing but you aren't sure where to start or which beach to choose, you've come to the right place.

Three of New England's Prettiest Beaches are in Massachusetts

While New England has plenty of beaches to choose from, if you plan on visiting Massachusetts you may want to check out the following beaches as they are three of the prettiest in New England according to New

Crane Beach, Ipswich

Here's New's review of Crane Beach:

More than five miles of trails and boardwalks wind through coastal dunes alongside a pristine shoreline on the Crane Estate. Home to nesting piping plovers, this timeless beach in Ipswich is managed for recreation and conservation by The Trustees of Reservations.


Aquinnah Public Beach, Martha's Vineyard 

Here's New's review of Aquinnah Public Beach

Nestled in the less-traveled southwest corner of the island, this beach is worth the ten-minute trek from the parking lot at the Aquinnah lighthouse, if only for the dramatic sunsets that enliven the nearby colorful and towering clay cliffs. It just might be the best of the many Martha’s Vineyard beaches.

Good Harbor Beach, Gloucester, MA

Here's New's review of Good Harbor Beach:

An expansive white sand crescent overlooking the rocky ledges of Salt Island – accessible by foot at low tide – this Gloucester, MA beach offers full-service amenities including lifeguards, concession stand and restrooms with showers.

If you are looking for beach time in Massachusetts this summer, particularly beaches with breathtaking views that would be great selfie opportunities consider Crane Beach, Aquinnah Public Beach, or Good Harbor Beach. You won't regret it. You can view all the New England beaches that made the list by going here.

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Every beach town has its share of pluses and minuses, which got us thinking about what makes a beach town the best one to live in. To find out, Stacker consulted data from WalletHub, released June 17, 2020, that compares U.S. beach towns. Ratings are based on six categories: affordability, weather, safety, economy, education and health, and quality of life. The cities ranged in population from 10,000 to 150,000, but they had to have at least one local beach listed on TripAdvisor. Read the full methodology here. From those rankings, we selected the top 50. Readers who live in California and Florida will be unsurprised to learn that many of towns featured here are in one of those two states.

Keep reading to see if your favorite beach town made the cut.

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Stacker used data from the 2020 County Health Rankings to rank every state's average life expectancy from lowest to highest. The 2020 County Health Rankings values were calculated using mortality counts from the 2016-2018 National Center for Health Statistics. The U.S. Census 2019 American Community Survey and America's Health Rankings Senior Report 2019 data were also used to provide demographics on the senior population of each state and the state's rank on senior health care, respectively.

Read on to learn the average life expectancy in each state.

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