Best New England Beaches

One of the best ways to take advantage of the summer is by visiting the top beaches in New England. Take a road trip to one of these beaches for a few days of relaxation and the chance to enjoy the scenery on your way there. Check out these suggestions if you aren’t sure which beaches to explore. 

FOOTBRIDGE BEACH, OGUNQUIT, MAINE

Ogunquit may be incredibly lively, but Footbridge Beach is nice and relaxing, delivering a road trip destination that has it all. The fishing harbor is picture perfect, and you can get to the beach by walking or taking a trolley. The Marginal Way footpath spans a mile and a half, taking you right to the entrance of the beach. While there, you will find a nice, quiet beach that has books instead of boom boxes and a varied group of people enjoying the nice Maine weather.

GOOSE ROCKS BEACH, KENNEBUNKPORT, MAINE

Take a road trip to Maine to visit Goose Rocks Beach and enjoy its gorgeous barrier reef. Because of the reef, the picturesque white sand is incredibly soft, and the breezes are gentle. This beach has a calm coastline and is a great location to take the kids.

GREAT POINT, NANTUCKET, MASSACHUSETTS

Great Point is definitely one of the top beaches in New England, but you need a 4×4 with a beach permit to visit it. Once there, you will find miles of beachfront, a view of a lighthouse, and the perfect picnic spot.

HAMMONASSET BEACH, MADISON, CONNECTICUT

Hammonasset Beach, the biggest public beach in the state, features 2 miles filled with calm waters that are relatively warm and powdery white sand. You can stroll the boardwalk, sunbathe, go in the water, fish, camp on-site, or follow a nearby hiking trail. It is also conveniently close to Meigs Point Nature Center for nature walks and a water life touch tank.

SANDY POINT, IPSWICH, MASSACHUSETTS

For those who want a semi-private beach, drive to Sandy Point. The beach sits along the southern portion of the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island and only has 15 parking spots. Of course, that means you should get there early or plan on either waiting or parking further away and walking or biking to the sand.

If you need to tune up your car before going on your beach-bound road trip, head to one of our 31 locations.

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