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Lesser Known Coastal Towns Near Boston

By Tabitha Jean Naylor

There are many little coastal towns near to Boston that offer wonderful summer vacation spots or communities in which to live full time. Here are several lesser known coastal towns with a lot to offer residents and tourists alike.


Are you looking for a great Cape Cod community without the traffic and the bridge crossings? If so, we recommend you check out Scituate. This little coastal town has everything a true Cape Cod town has including beaches, great seafood and seaside restaurants, a lighthouse, lots of interesting little shops in the downtown area and of course Cape Cod style houses to dot the landscape and, it isn't even a town on Cape Cod. Scituate is actually located about 30 miles south of Boston. It is a terrific place to live with great schools as well as a great place to vacation-especially if you want to avoid other tourists.


Newport is a charming, historical, colorful, and upbeat coastal community featuring a broad array of watersports including kayaking the marshes and waterways around the city, terrific ocean fishing, boating and swimming. The charm of the historical town is preserved in its buildings which primarlly date back to its heyday as a maritime community. Miles of bike trails and good schools make it a very appealing area for young families. There is also plenty of year round shopping in a variety of unique, boutique style stores down town and some of the region's best restaurants. It is also a convenient 1 hour train commute into central Boston.


Sandwich is a small coastal community that lies at the entrance to the Cape Cod canal. It is the oldest town on Cape Cod. Sandwich is a quaint, charming New England town that has the seaside charm so many look for in a place to live or vacation. With three saltwater and two freshwater beaches, there is plenty of water activities for every member of the family. With a golf club and marina it is an ideal spot for those that love seaside living as well as for those who love to vacation by the ocean. Walking and hiking trails abound with six conservation areas to explore. About an hour south of Boston it is a great place to call home.


Only minutes from Boston, this tiny coastal community of 4,000 residents began as a summer colony. When you live or vacation in Nahant you are never more than two blocks away from the ocean. Home to many of Boston's elite like the Cabots, Lodges and Lowelles Nahant has also been home to Poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. It is a hilly seaside village with a very laid back attitude and it is attracting many new residents who, like Nahant long time redients all cherish this seaside community. Unparalleled beauty, good schools in conjunction with nearby Swampscott and a rich array of recreational activities including boating, swimming, golfing, birding, fishing, sailing, basketball, baseball, soccer and tennis, Nahant provides everything a family could want in a place to live or a place to vacation. Enjoy local shops or travel a few minutes in Boston a day of hardcore shopping.

These lesser known coastal communities deliver big on "coastal living". From water views and activities to seafood restaurants, natural beauty and a laid back lifestyle you can't beat these little seaside communities.

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