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Do you have an eye for the smooth edges of tide-worn stones, the bright flash of sea glass, or the delicate whorls of shells? The coasts of Buzzards Bay offer a banquet for the beachcomber! Its exposed ocean beaches and protected coves pull in everything from local favorites — like moon snail shells, scallops, and mermaid’s purses — to more exciting finds like antique pottery, bright starfish, and even the occasional “washashore” carried by the Gulf Stream from the tropics. Best of all, beachcombing is a four-season sport on the Bay, with winter storms often bringing some of the best finds up onshore.

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Beach roses growing in the dunes along the rocky piece of the Barges Beach shoreline
Gosnold County Rd., Gosnold, MA 02713
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Local history and natural beauty come together on Barges Beach, a one-of-a-kind barrier beach on the east end of Cuttyhunk Island.

Size: 24 acres
Parking: None
Facilities: None
White sandy shores on Bassetts Island in Bourne, with views of sailboats in the distance
Bassetts Island, Bourne, MA 02559
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Have an island adventure on the pristine beaches and shallow waters of Bourne's Bassetts Island.

Parking: None
Facilities: Canoe/Kayak Launch (shoreline), Picnic Tables
Patches of Black sand swirled into the shore of Black Beach
104 Chapoquoit Rd., Falmouth, MA 02540
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Escape the summer crowds at Falmouth's Black Beach or with a paddle through Great Sippewissett Marsh.

Size: 190 acres
Parking: Medium-sized paved parking area at Chapoquoit Beach; resident beach sticker required to park in summer
Facilities: None; Restrooms, Trash, Shower at Chapoquoit Beach (seasonal)
Small floating dock at the pier attached to Bull Island, in Naushon's Hadley Harbor.
Gosnold, MA 02543
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Take a peaceful picnic or stretch your legs with a picturesque walk on Bull Island, nestled inside Naushon’s Hadley Harbor.

Parking: None
Facilities: Dock (floating)
209-208 Obed Daggett Road, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568
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Sample the diversity of Martha’s Vineyard habitats with a visit to Cedar Tree Neck Sanctuary.

Size: 400 acres
Parking: Medium-sized unpaved parking area
Facilities: Portable toilet
A view of Buzzards Bay between two World War II lookout towers at Gooseberry Island in Westport.
West Shore Road, Westport, MA 02790
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Explore nature, history, and spectacular coastal beauty along the rugged shores of Gooseberry Island in Westport.

Size: 73 acres
Parking: Medium-sized gravel parking lot (vehicles and trailers)
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Kayak Launch, Restrooms (seasonal)
Atlantic Ocean from the shores of Goosewing Beach Preserve in Little Compton, Rhode Island
South Shore Road, Little Compton, RI 02837
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Escape the crowds for windswept dunes and crashing waves at Little Compton's Goosewing Beach Preserve.

Size: 75 acres
Parking: Large paved lot at South Shore Beach; fee to park, Memorial Day – Labor Day
Facilities: Learning Center (seasonal)
Brickyard Road, Chilmark, MA 02535
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Great Rock Bight Preserve offers a secluded beach great swimming, sunbathing, surfcasting and sunsets, plus other habitat treasures.

Size: 28.5 acres
Parking: Medium-sized, unpaved parking area
Facilities: None
hundreds of people on Horseneck Beach on a summer day
251 John Reed Rd., Westport, MA 02790
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With two miles of sand and surf, the 600-acre Horseneck Beach State Reservation is a recreational paradise in Westport.

Size: 600 acres
Parking: Large paved parking lots
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Showers (seasonal), Picnic Tables
Aerial view of Naushon and the Elizabeth Islands
Gosnold, MA 02713
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This pristine crescent of sand is a peaceful place for boaters to enjoy swimming, snorkeling, and beachcombing on private Naushon Island.

Facilities: None
The sandy shore of Knowles Beach in Dartmouth, with the sailboats of Padanaram Harbor in the background
Smith Neck Road and Gulf Road, Dartmouth, MA 02748
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Escape the bustle of summer crowds on the quiet shores of Knowles Beach in Dartmouth.

Parking: Unpaved roadside parking along Smith Neck Road (space for 6-7 cars)
Facilities: None
Waves washing onto the shoreline of Moshup Beach, with the Gay Head Cliffs in the background
71 Moshup Trail, Aquinnah, MA 02535
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Find a perfect summer beach day or ample year-round exploration on this secluded coast beneath Martha's Vineyard's Gay Head Cliffs.

Size: 17 acres
Parking: Large paved parking area on Aquinnah Circle
Facilities: Bicycle Rack, Benches, Restrooms (seasonal)
518 Circuit Avenue, Bourne, MA 02559
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A stellar spot to spend a summer day, splashing in the cove’s warm waters or watching sailboats breeze by.

Size: .3 acres
Parking: 2-3 small pull-offs on the east side of Circuit Avenue
Facilities: None
Two people walking along the water's edge at South Shore Beach in Little Compton
South Shore Rd., Little Compton, RI 02837
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Swim, soak up the sun, cast out a fishing line, or take a long walk along the rock-scattered shore at this Little Compton beach.

Size: 9.6 acres
Parking: Large unpaved parking lot
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Kayak launch (shoreline), RV camping with town permit
Trees in fall colors behind the sandy beach at Naushon Island's Tarpaulin Cove
Gosnold, MA 02713
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Swim, kayak, snorkel, and beachcomb while enjoying a sweeping lighthouse view Tarpaulin Cove Beach, a public beach on private Naushon Island.

Facilities: None
345 North Road, Chilmark, MA 02535
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Explore the remnants of a 19th century industrial site perched on the rocky shores of Vineyard Sound.

Size: 20 acres
Parking: Medium-sized, unpaved parking ara
Facilities: Portable toilets
A motorboat pulled onto the sandy beach of Weepecket Island
Gosnold, MA 02543
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Discover island adventures on the untamed shores of the Weepecket Islands, a small island chain north of Naushon.

Parking: None
Facilities: Kayak launch (shoreline)
A small stream cutting across West Beach on Naushon Island
Gosnold, MA 02713
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Enjoy unrivaled seclusion on sandy shores along a wildlife-rich salt marsh at West Beach, a public beach on private Naushon Island.

Facilities: None
Wickets Island in Onset Bay
Wareham, MA 02538
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Boat out to this tree-covered island in Onset Bay to enjoy a day of swimming, shellfishing, and beachcombing, ending with one of the best sunsets around.

Size: 4.4 acres
Parking: None
Facilities: Canoe/Kayak Launch (Shoreline), Pier/Dock (Stone)

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