Top 10 New England Beaches

Vacation rental website FlipKey, a partner of Away.com, picks ten of New England's best beaches. You might want to call in sick tomorrow and work on your tan.
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Sand Beach, Acadia National Park, Maine
Sand Beach, Acadia National Park, Maine  (iStockphoto)

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These are just ten of the many awesome beaches in New England; locals will clue you in on even more seaside areas worth visiting. Just make sure to wear sun block, dunk in the water at least once no matter the temperature, and eat lobster, fried clams, and ice cream for every meal to get the true New England beach experience.

1. Sand Beach, Maine
Maine boasts the most rugged coastline in New England and the coldest water, but you won’t find better lobster anywhere in the world. Sand Beach in Acadia National Park is located in a gorgeous cove with golden sand book-ended by rocky outcroppings that jut into the sea. Get there by car or trolley. Or, if you're feeling especially adventurous, hike the nearly vertical Beehive Trail to work up a sweat before jumping into the refreshing ocean.

2. Ogunquit Beach, Maine
For a more traditional beach experience in Maine get to Ogunquit Beach. Soft sand extends into the distance on this accommodating beach. The town of Ogunquit is also known as a particularly LGBT friendly destination.

3. Hampton Beach, New Hampshire
With only 13 miles of coastline, New Hampshire has to work hard to compete with its New England rivals. Hampton Beach fits all of your favorite things about beach towns into one convenient location. For surfing, sun-tanning, and entertainment, Hampton Beach cannot be beat. With live music, art, movies on the beach, and more events everyday during the summer, Hampton Beach is a well-rounded vacation destination.

4. Crane Beach, Massachusetts
With the most coastline of all the New England states, and islands to boot, Massachusetts will never let down the avid beachgoer. Crane Beach, located in Ipswich near the Crane Estate, is a quiet and all-around lovely beach to visit. The soft white sand extends into the mild waves lapping the shore, perfect for small children to play in safely. Parking is ample and costs $15 for non-residents for beach access, bathroom facilities, and an extensive snack bar with fresh grilled hot dogs and burgers. Ipswich is also home to a plethora of famous fried-clam joints.

5. Singing Beach, Massachusetts
Head just 12 miles south to Singing Beach, in Manchester-by-the-sea, for a smaller, more intimate beach experience. Parking is slightly more expensive at $20, but you will be close to Captain Dusty’s famous ice-cream sandwiches. North shore ocean water is warmer than Maine and cooler than the cape, which comes out to wonderfully refreshing on a hot summer day.

Published: 21 Aug 2012 | Last Updated: 23 Aug 2012
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication
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