Most Boston-based tourism is centrally located in the downtown area and the immediate surroundings. But, as you can imagine, Boston, like most other cities, has much more to see than the easy-to-reach hotspots. On this day, I undertook an adventure starting from a sandy city beach, stretching along a causeway with spectacular water views, and finishing at a granite bastion. Oh, and these sights are all located right here in Boston.
When you picture Boston, you’re probably not picturing beach front property. However, Boston is located on the water (how else could we have thrown the tea into the Harbor?) and its coastline is sublime. The beachfront that I visited is located in South Boston (pictured below, from Carson Beach to Castle Island).
Carson Beach is located in South Boston with good access to the bordering Columbia Point and Dorchester neighborhoods. The beach has a somewhat murky history (with sewage infested waters and racial tensions), but today, it is a convenient spot for the locals to relax, swim, and walk along the boardwalk. The weather on my visit was exceptional and I had a clear view of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum across the water in Columbia Point (pictured below) as well as the Boston Harbor Islands including Thompson and Spectacle.
Heading east along the beach, I was struck by the number of people, enjoying the weather on an odd Thursday afternoon. I saw more than one person relaxing on the sand in a folding chair holding a laptop (which seems like a risky activity to me). One nice feature of this beach is that there are covered benches that line the path just behind the sand.
Moving east past Carson Beach, there are a few yacht clubs as well as a children’s park and green space. At this point, one is right by Pleasure Beach and Pleasure Bay. From here, one can walk around the bay via causeway (aka a land bridge). The water is eye candy and the shades of blue from Pleasure Bay to the north and Dorchester Bay to the south and the blue sky are all brilliant and inviting.
Following the causeway east, one will end up on Castle Island, which is, as you may have noticed from my description, a peninsula of sorts (see Google Map image at the top). However, historically, Castle Island was a real island. Sometime during the 20th century, Castle Island was joined to mainland Boston as a result of a land reclamation project. On the “island,” there is a children’s playground, Fort Independence (a granite bastion fort, dating back to the 17th century), and a few war monuments. This spot is teeming with life and is anything but quiet as once can hear the roaring engines overhead, as flights from Boston’s Logan Airport regularly depart and arrive nearby.
Altogether, the walk from Carson beach to Fort Independence via the Pleasure Bay causeway is about 2.75 miles of beautiful water views.