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Connecticut Beaches

Protected by Long Island from Atlantic surf, Connecticut's beaches have little surf and warmer water than those of other New England states.

Hammonasset Beach State Park, Madison CT

Hammonasset Beach in Madison CT is big enough for everyone to spread out.

Greenwich CT Beaches

Some of the services in pretty Greenwich Point Park's beach and forested park, 11 Tods Driftway, Old Greenwich CT, are reserved for Greenwich residents; others are open to season pass holders (Greenwich residents) or day-ticket holders. Buy your tickets online, or at the location indicated online. More...

Norwalk CT Beaches

Lots of room to swim and walk in Calf Pasture & Shady Beaches and in adjacent Shady Beach Park and Taylor Farm Park, south of East Norwalk CT, but not a lot of places to park. The 130 parking spots are allocated first-come, first-served, so arrive early on good beach days. Pay the non-resident Day Parking Pass ($42 weekdays, $72 weekends and holidays; $30 on weekdays after 5:00pm) via the ParkMobile smartphone app (Beach Zone #2035), or at one of the two parking kiosks at the lot. Phone 877-727-5730 for more information.

Westport CT Beaches

On the shore of Westport CT, the sprawling 234-acre (95-hectare) Sherwood Island State Park, Sherwood Island Connector, Westport CT, has wetlands and woods as well as beaches with bands of colored sand. Parking fees, payable online at, are charged from April through October for cars with non-Connecticut license plates.

Fairfield CT Beaches

Fairfield CT has six fine town beaches with facilities including a children's playground, toilets, locker rooms and snack stands. Two of these beaches, Penfield and Jennings, are open to the public for a daily fee: $40 per car on weekdays, $50 on weekends and holidays. The other beaches are reserved for Fairfield residents. More...

Hammonassett Beach State Park

Perhaps Connecticut's longest, most magnificent beach! Hammonasset Beach State Park, 1288 Boston Post Road (US Route 1) in Madison CT (map) is the Connecticut shoreline's longest and grandest beach, stretching for more than two miles (3.2 km) along the warm waters of Long Island Sound.

Parking fees, payable online at, are charged from April through October for cars with non-Connecticut license plates.

Full facilities include showers, changing rooms, toilets, food stands, picnic tables, nature trails, a car-top boat-launch ramp and even a campground (warm months only).