Wells Beach


Fringed by dense pine forests and undulating dunes, Wells' sandy shore stretches for miles to the west, with brightly colored beach huts clustering beside the water and wooden steps leading up into the woods. It's all tucked away at the end of a mile-long road; you can walk or drive. Parking is also available.

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