From Boston, the South Shore has some of the best beaches to bring a dog to cool off during the summer months. Rexhame Beach in Marshfield is one of these beaches where you and your dog can enjoy swimming and sand beaches all year long. There are, however, limitations regarding off-leash dogs during the summer months. So pack up the car and spend the day in the coastal town of Marshfield, Massachusetts.
Rexhame Beach is huge, much larger than we imagined as we drove through Marshfield with the dog hanging his head out the window. There is a parking lot that non-residents can park in for $15, though get there early as the lot fills and they save the last remaining spaces for Marshfield residents. Town police will ticket for parking on the residential streets near the beach if you don’t have a resident sticker. If you do get here and the lot is full, head to Brant Rock a few miles away.
The beach has white sand, relatively firm making longer walks a bit easier, but not so firm that our dog could not dig a proper hole to take his post-swim nap in the sun. This is really a great place to spend the day with friends at the beach. We had our picnic packed but heard good things about the snack bar up the beach from where we were swimming and camped out.
Make sure you keep the dogs out of the sand dunes at Rexhame Beach. The dunes protect the houses near the beach from winter storms. There are also many shorebirds that nest in the dune system. It is important to control and clean up after our dogs to insure that Rexhame continues to be a dog friendly beach.
Afterwards make sure you explore Marshfield’s shops and restaurants and other hidden places that dog owners would thoroughly enjoy. Although I just recently learned that dogs are allowed at Rexhame Beach, we have been going to a few great restaurants in Marshfield for some time.