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10 Best Beaches in New England | Recommendations

10 Best Beaches in New England | Recommendations
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22 Responses to 10 Best Beaches in New England | Recommendations

  1. Nelson Carter June 9, 2008 at 4:59 pm #

    We now have lived in Naperville Illinois for 28 years, but continue to return to Wallis Sands Beach and Hoyt’s Cottages in Rye, NY…the best…and, yes, travel to Oqunquit and Perkins Cove, too!!!!

  2. Alan Brouillet August 21, 2009 at 9:23 pm #

    I have always liked Sandy Neck Beach Park in Barnstable on Cape Cod. Don’t ask me why, I just do!

  3. Don Ulltich August 2, 2011 at 2:12 pm #

    A lot has changed since 2007 – you need to update this info !!!

  4. Norma Deston August 3, 2011 at 12:22 am #

    The Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Maine is such a beautiful place. It takes your breath away! Don’t miss it

  5. Donald McAvoy August 3, 2011 at 10:47 am #

    Walked from 5 AM until 10AM with my brother and grandfarther from Salisbury thru Hampton and returned for breakfast with the family.That was way back in 1946 or so. Still remember the sand, water and fresh smells and the wonderful time we had just walking and talking. May not make the best beach rating but I loved it. Have not been back for the last 50 or so years and its probably not like anything I remember, but its New England and a New England beach so it will still be just great.

    • Julie R June 22, 2014 at 8:41 pm #

      Hampton and Salisbury are still great, they just did the hatshell all over at hampton and are doing renovations at Salisbury as well. The air is still fresh and clean I save all year long to go up there for a week in the summer. Love it, love it love it! Hampton has been rated as a five star beach, I am surprised that it is not on the list, and you should go back and visit! Happy Beachgoing!

  6. Linda Wall August 5, 2011 at 5:15 pm #

    Another beautiful beach is Drake’s Island, Wells ME. Get there early if you want to get into the jetty parking lot. Great kids beach.

  7. Ann Fisher August 9, 2011 at 11:19 pm #

    OOB is a tradition for us Mainers; from the ’70s to now it’s changed a lot. Go before Memorial Day and after Labor Day to get the best experience.

  8. Francisca Sabadie August 11, 2011 at 4:17 pm #

    i cannot believe you did not mention Goose Rocks Beach in Kennebunkport or Powder Point beach in Duxbury, Mass though i don’t know some of these other beaches

  9. Patty Cook June 22, 2014 at 2:32 pm #

    Different beaches for different purposes. Skaket Beach in Orleans MA for famillies with young kids.

  10. Victoria Regina June 22, 2014 at 2:42 pm #

    What about Crane’s Beach in Ipswich, Massachusetts?

  11. Ashley Odell June 22, 2014 at 5:06 pm #

    I am beyond baffled that Hampton Beach isn’t on here! In addition to being one of the classic stops in New Hampshire and really all of New England, it is routinely ranked the first or near-first cleanest beach in America. It is so gorgeously maintained and a pleasure to visit as a result. You never need to worry about putting your towel down on a piece of broken glass.

    And you have all the cheesiness of Hampton Beach, the solitude of the other beaches in the area if you want them, and the gawking opportunities with the outlying mansions and, just a bit further away, Exeter. Plus, there’s always something going on since they do year-round events.

    I can’t remember the specific name they gave the main beach, but it’s the one right in the village. Everyone knows it. I’ll put the link as my website so that it’s clickable for people. To be clear, I am *not* affiliated in any way or even from there — Nutmeg State pride! — but it just seems nuts for Yankee Magazine to leave out one of the classic experiences for Yankees.

    • Julie R June 22, 2014 at 8:44 pm #

      That is true, I don’t know why they left it out either! Hampton is a great place!

  12. Camy June 22, 2014 at 9:20 pm #

    I think Good Harbor in Gloucester is the best beach in New England!!!

  13. Susan Clark June 23, 2014 at 9:33 am #

    I think that some of the best beaches are not on here because we who know where they are wont tell. Also suspect the RI Bureau of Tourism gave something away to those who voted. RI beaches are nice but……..

  14. Mark June 23, 2014 at 2:38 pm #

    Race Point Beach Provincetown, MA…nuff said!

  15. CATHERINE June 23, 2014 at 6:38 pm #

    To me, any beach is beautiful! My three favorites are Nauset Light Beach, Marconi Beach and the Brewster bay side beaches. I also agree with Mark, Race Point is a great one.

  16. Holly Garavel June 24, 2014 at 11:04 am #

    Mayflower Beach in Dennis, MA is by far the best of the Cape and the best of New England! At low tide you can walk for miles!!

  17. Steve Sullivan July 2, 2014 at 7:28 pm #

    I have traveled the East coast from Maine to Florida and when it comes to great beaches, it is hard to beat the variety in Rhode Island. From Watch Hill to Newport, you can e,njoy big surf, honky tonk, family, secluded, or any type of beach you may like.

  18. WALTER BANK August 6, 2014 at 4:03 pm #

    All those rmainland beaches are wonderful. but you can’t beat Mohegan Bluffs and the Crescent beach on Block Island, one for beauty and solitude and the second for full beach enjoyment and great surf!

  19. Lizzie February 14, 2015 at 8:42 pm #

    I have to say my favorite is Narraganset beach.. But yes Catherine is right any beach is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!

  20. Laloush March 8, 2015 at 9:26 pm #

    We are planning to go to Loaden NH, for the Motor Speedway, 3rd week of July, 2015 and then would like to go to a clean warm beach to spend some time there with our 3 Teens, what warm and clean beaches do you recommend me ???? Thanks

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