The 25 Best Beach Towns in New England from Yankee Magazine
See Yankee‘s recommendations for the best places to go, eat, and stay in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire.
The Bay State’s favorite seaside “let’s go meet and hang out” getaway is Hull’s three-mile stretch of Nantasket Beach. Swim to your heart’s delight; then walk across the road to the strip of waterfront restaurants, arcades, historic Paragon Carousel, B&Bs, and beach resorts. At the tip of Route 228, Hull is tucked away on a spit of South Shore land jutting into Massachusetts Bay. Don’t miss: Fried clams and cedar-plank roasted salmon at Jake’s Seafood, in operation since 1949.
Brewster’s bayside beaches, including Paine’s Creek, have far less surf and are warmer than the Cape’s Atlantic-side beaches, thus attracting younger families. Add the Cape Cod Rail Trail, which slices through town, top-tier resorts such as Ocean Edge, and restaurant fare including the acclaimed Chillingsworth’s French cuisine, and it’s earned a spot on this list. Don’t miss: Fried seafood at Cobie’s Clam Shack, dishing out the onion rings since 1948.
Want more info on how we selected the 25 Best Beach Towns in New England? View the chart on how we rated them and our recommendations for the best things to do, places to eat and lodging for all 25 towns.