1. Tips for April school vacation week around New England

    - Call it where the buoys are. April school vacation week nears. Admittedly even in a blessedly unseasonably warm year, it’s probably a little early to break out swimwear but that should not keep families from going down to the sea in trips. Here are some options.

  2. From bountiful sand dunes to wildlife preserves and pristine, white sand and temperate summer ocean water, Massachusetts boasts many of the best beaches you’ll find in the Northeast. In choosing our top 10, we considered a number of factors, including sand, surf, accessibility, parking, and, of course, scenic nature. What we came up with was a list of beaches spanning the state’s coast and islands.