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New England Beaches

The water is often chilly—perhaps even in August—but the sun is hot and the sand smooth. New England's beaches are among the most popular places to be in summer.

On the Beach, Cape Ann MA

Ahhhhh....the real spirit of relaxation! The bright sun, the sound of the surf, a good book, a lazy summer day....

Among New England states, Rhode Island, the Ocean State, has a reputation for great beaches, but in fact all of the New England states except Vermont have good ocean beaches. (Vermont has lake beaches.)

Rhode Island

Rhode Island's beaches are either facing Long Island Sound or on Narragansett Bay, which also provides some protection.

Among the favorites are Charlestown's East Beach, Newport's Easton's Beach, and Narragansett Town Beach in Narragansett.

In South County, the big Misquamicut State Beach in Westerly and the several beaches in Watch Hill are great. On Block Island, Sandy Point is the choice.


Connecticut's Shoreline beaches have some of the warmest water because they face Long Island Sound, which protects the shore from the force of the Atlantic. More...


Massachusetts has all those Cape Cod beaches (including Cape Cod National Seashore), as well as others on the South Shore near Plymouth, the North Shore and Cape Ann, and the islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard.

New Hampshire

New Hampshire has long, fine Hampton Beach, as well as the beaches on its lakes, particularly huge Lake Winnipesaukee.


Maine's best beaches are along its southern shore, south of Portland, but there are others all the way to the Canadian border (especially around Acadia National Park).