50 of the Best Beaches in America
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Coopers Beach in Southampton has sparkling blue water, sand dunes, and waves perfect for body boarding -- all straight out of a postcard. The downside is beach parking that's some of the most expensive in the country, at $40 a day. Consider taking a taxi to the beach to skip the fee (or visit the Southampton beach that doesn’t require a parking permit, Road D Beach).
Crane Beach in Ipswich has pristine sand and clear water, but the biggest draw may be the wildlife. This beach is a nesting site for the threatened piping plover. Avoid fenced nesting areas and the wrack, a debris-lined area where the birds hide. Parking is $25 to $30 for non-members in summer, so find out if a pal has a parking sticker.
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