6. Coast Guard Beach, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Coast Guard Beach, accessible by bicycle or shuttle bus from the Salt Pond Visitor’s Center, was formed where a sand spit attached to the glacial cliffs.  The sand is fairly coarse so the beach slopes steeply into the water.  The picturesque old Coast Guard station still sits atop the glacial bluffs, allowing for a spectacular view down upon the Nauset Spit barrier system and bay.  During the summer, beach-goers take quick, refreshing dips in the ocean as water temperatures only reach 60-70 degrees.