Home to endless beaches for not only relaxation but also vibrant parties, New England, US, is worth a visit this summer. Check out these 6 best beaches in New England to soak in the sun and blow off some steam this summer.
SALISBURY BEACH, MASSACHUSETTS
Located on the northernmost tip of the Massachusetts North Shore, which is within sight of New Hampshire, Salisbury Beach is known for parties on the beach and the bars along its historic midway. Visiting the beach, you can not only post up on the sand but also indulge in the vibrant ambiance at bars like Surfside that just steps from the beach.
With its unparalleled views of the water and live music every weekend in the summer, make sure to stick around the bar for Reggae Sunday, when Surfside hosts a reggae band, to enjoy an awe-inspiring alive music concert. In addition, you also have the opportunity to try beach pizza, a pizza style unique to the Salisbury Beach area with rectangular shape, sweet sauce, and sparse use of cheese.
HAMPTON BEACH, NEW HAMPSHIRE
Dubbed as one of the cleanest beaches in New England, Hampton Beach is not only an ideal destination for activities on the beach, but also intrigues hundreds of partygoers in the summer with a collection of bars, restaurants, live music venues, and two casinos in the Hampton strip running parallel to the beach. If you are planning to visit Hampton Beach this summer, do not miss Bernie’s Beach Bar, one of the most popular venues right across from the beach. With its entirely outdoor restaurant and bar, a second-floor deck overlooking the ocean and live music every weekend, this venue will definitely blow your mind.
What’s more, there’s also Wally’s Pub, L Street Tavern and several other bars just steps from the beach. The casino venues also attract a large number of tourists such as the Casino Ballroom, the Hampton Beach Casino and Aces and Eights with low-minimum play, making it much harder to drunkenly bankrupt yourself.
NARRAGANSETT TOWN BEACH, RHODE ISLAND
Located right next to the center of Narragansett town, Rhode Island, New England, the 19 acres beach of Narragansett, one of the most popular beaches in New England, is the best for surfing. With a designated surf area, you will get overwhelmed with amazing surfing experiences that you can either hop on a board yourself or just sit back and watch the wipeouts. About a few minutes walking from the beach, restaurants and bars like PJs Pub, Crazy Burger are also fantastic venues attracting beachgoers.
Make sure to drop into the Coast Guard House on your trip to the beach to experience dining right on the water with the deck right over right rocks, as well as its fresh seafood and cocktails. No trip to Narragansett town would be complete without taking the ferry to Block Island to admire the jaw-dropping scenery of the island paradise with plenty of nature trails and unspoiled beaches to explore.
OLD ORCHARD BEACH, MAINE
Home to one of the last remaining oceanfront amusement parks in the US, Old Orchard Beach has a historic pier complete with a classic carousel, rides, and carnival food. Extending 500 feet into the ocean, the pier features several family-friendly seafood restaurants during the day, and nightlife and live music at night. If you are a sucker for parties, the pier with frequent musical performances, drink specials, and bars is a must to add to your bucket list this summer.
Additionally, do not skip Palace Playland with over 25 rides and attractions for all ages, including the Galaxi Coaster, one of the top five roller coasters in New England, to truly relive your youth. There are also vibrant fireworks shows every Thursday night in the summer that allows you to admire colourful light parties on the beach.
CAHOON HOLLOW BEACH, MASSACHUSETTS
Mainly known as the ‘Beachcomber’ beach — a name derived from one of Cape Cod’s most popular bars for live music and cocktails, Cahoon Hollow Beach in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, New England, intrigues crowds from all over the world to enjoy the waves, dunes, and seaside party scene. Travelling to the beach, do not forget to drop into Beachcomber bar, which frequently voted one of the best beach bars in New England with a long history dating back to 1953.
Nestled in the dunes of Cahoon Hollow Beach, the Cape’s most iconic bar has sweeping views of the ocean and calls itself “Cape Cod’s only restaurant and club.” While Cahoon Hollow Beach might not have as much variety as Old Orchard in Maine, its star attraction is certainly worth a few hours in traffic for reaching the beach.
WEIRS BEACH, NEW HAMPSHIRE
While lakes in New England do not get much attention, Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire, the state’s largest lake located at the foothills of the White Mountains, gets praise as one of the region’s most popular summer vacation destinations If you are planning for a summer on a beach but want to enjoy all the scenery and other attractions the lake has to offer, Weirs Beach in Laconia is the ideal place for you.
Located on the southern shore of the lake, the beach is home to several shops, restaurants, a drive-in theater, boat rentals, and arcades in the boardwalk and pier. Just a few miles away you’ll find the Gunstock Mountain Adventure Park with the region’s largest ropes course and Funspot, the largest arcade in the world. Visiting this beach, make sure to hit up the Bank of NH Pavilion, which hosts huge live concerts every few days in the summer and do not skip Laconia Motorcycle Week in mid-June when thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts descend on the small town.