Celebrating National Beach Day with SouthCoast Beaches!

Top Beaches on the SouthCoast

National Beach Day is August 30, a day to celebrate all the sandy beaches in our area, and an opportunity to help keep these safe havens clean so we can enjoy them for years to come. Whether you’re visiting our gorgeous SouthCoast for the first time, or you’ve been here your whole life, we’re sharing our favorite SoCo beaches for your next sunny adventure!



Horseneck Beach State Reservation

5 John Reed Rd, Westport, MA 02790
8am to 8pm

One of the most popular beaches in the SouthCoast, Horseneck Beach draws thousands of visitors every year. There’s more to this reservation though, consisting of nearly 600 acres of protected land, Horseneck Beach State Reservation offers gorgeous salt marshes, a 100-site campground, and one of New England’s premier birdwatching locations.


Cherry & Webb Beach

168 Cherry and Webb Lane, Westport, MA 02791
Dawn to Dusk
Private beach for Westport residents with sticker

This Westport town beach offers a long stretch of sandy shoreline, wrapping around Horseneck Beach State Reservation. Open to Westport residents by permit only, this beach has lots of room to walk, run, or do summertime activities like flying kites.



Round Hill Town Beach

Round Hill Beach Road, Dartmouth, MA 02748
9am to 8pm
Private beach for Dartmouth residents with sticker or day pass

The perfect summer destination for relaxation with calm waters and beautiful views of the Elizabeth Islands. Lifeguards are on duty 9am to 5pm daily, and there is a concession vehicle during peak lunch hours for your enjoyment.

New Bedford

East Beach

1076 East Rodney French Blvd., New Bedford, MA 02744
Dawn to Dusk
Pay-to-Park during summer

On the western shore of New Bedford Harbor, East Beach is a summertime destination for the locals. From the beach, enjoy views of Butler Flats Lighthouse and the fishing boats traveling through the harbor. East Beach is also a great place for some exercise, with a bike path running along the beach and beyond.


West Beach

200 West Rodney French Blvd., New Bedford, MA 02744
Dawn to Dusk
Pay-to-Park during summer

Just 1.5 miles from East Beach, West Beach in New Bedford offers a family-friendly gathering spot for residents. Enjoy a sunny day at the beach and then travel across the street to Hazelwood Park for a picnic with stunning views of Clarks Cove.


Fort Phoenix State Reservation

Green Street, Fairhaven, MA 02719
Dawn to Dusk

Managed by the town of Fairhaven, this historic site is home to cannons and a fort that was part of the first naval battle of the Revolutionary War. Beyond its history, visitors can enjoy a beach with beautiful views of Buzzards Bay and a grassy park, perfect for a waterfront picnic.


Pope Beach

98 Manhattan Ave., Fairhaven, MA 02719
Dawn to Dusk

For a more secluded spot, check out Pope Beach overlooking the shores of Buzzards Bay. This smaller beach is located directly across from Fort Phoenix State Reservation. A great location to walk your dog or ride your bike here from the Phoenix Bike Trail.

Protect our Beaches

Preserving our beaches for generations to enjoy is vital. Check your local town page for beach cleanups in your area or join an upcoming COASTSWEEP cleanup event. Every year, the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management sponsors a statewide beach cleanup from late August into November. A list of COASTSWEEP cleanups can be found here. This list is updated every week through November.

Celebrate National Beach Day! We hope you find the perfect spot for your next adventure!

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