The Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) started the Coast Guide project to help the public get to and enjoy the 25 percent of the state’s coastline that is open to the public. Coast Guide includes two major components:

  • Coast Guide Online - This interactive mapping tool developed by CZM for use on mobile phones and tablets, as well as desktop computers, includes more than 1,800 sites along the Massachusetts coast that are owned by government agencies and nonprofits and open to the public—from long, sandy beaches and rocky shores to small rights-of-way and public landings.
  • Massachusetts Coast Guide to Boston Harbor and the North Shore - The original "Coast Guide," this publication was first released in 1995, then updated and printed in 2005. It includes nearly 400 public access sites from Salisbury to Hingham—ranging from expansive beaches to out-of-the-way scenic vistas. While no longer available in print, the online version includes 22 maps with site descriptions.