Just as it seemed as though we’d never see the end of the cool, damp spring, this week’s high temps have reminded us that summer is finally here. Check out these MBTA-​​accessible beaches and make a plan to cool off by the shore.

Carson Beach, South Boston
How to get there: Red Line to JFK/​UMass stop, then a short walk down William J. Day Boule­vard.
Why go: The waves may not be huge, but you can’t beat the prox­imity to the city and the oppor­tu­ni­ties for people watching.
More info: http://​www​.boston​har​bor​walk​.com/​p​l​a​c​e​s​t​o​g​o​/​l​o​c​a​t​i​o​n​.​p​h​p​?​n​i​d​=​6​&​a​m​p​;​s​i​d​=45

Spec­tacle Island, Boston Harbor Islands
How to get there: Blue Line to Aquarium stop, then a Boston Harbor Islands ferry from Long Wharf for a $14 round-​​trip.
Why go: One of the Boston’s best-​​kept secrets. Built mostly on fill left over from the Big Dig, Spec­tacle boasts a beau­tiful beach, pris­tine water and hiking trails that offer an amazing view of Boston Harbor.
More info: http://​www​.boston​is​lands​.com/​s​p​e​c​t​a​cle

Revere Beach, Revere
How to get there: Blue Line to the Revere Beach or Won­der­land stops.
Why go: The oldest public beach in the United States — founded two years before North­eastern, in 1896 — Revere Beach draws a diverse crowd from Boston and the North Shore sub­urbs.
More info: http://​revere​beach​.com/

Singing Beach, Manchester-​​by-​​the-​​Sea
How to get there: Newburyport/​Rockport com­muter rail line to Man­chester, then a 15-​​minute walk down Beach Street.
Why go: Located off the beaten path, this quiet North Shore beach got its name from its dis­tinct sand, which pro­duces a squeaky sound as you drag your bare feet through it.
More info: http://​www​.man​chester​.ma​.us/​p​a​g​e​s​/​m​a​n​c​h​e​s​t​e​r​m​a​_​r​e​c​r​e​a​t​i​o​n​/​s​i​n​g​i​n​g​b​e​ach

Winthrop Shores Reser­va­tion, Winthrop
How to get there: Blue Line to the Orient Heights stop, then the Paul Revere Bus ser­vice to Winthrop Beach.
Why go:  This beach, just north of the city, tends not to draw huge crowds, pro­viding a quiet spot for an after­noon of sun and surf.
More info: http://​www​.mass​.gov/​d​c​r​/​p​a​r​k​s​/​m​e​t​r​o​b​o​s​t​o​n​/​w​i​n​t​h​r​o​p​.​htm