The beaches of New England offer a massive draw for people all over the country during the warm summer months. Ranging from Connecticut to the Maine and Canadian border, there are over 450 miles of coastline to enjoy.

New England beaches showcase everything from the rocky shores of Maine to the widespread sandy beaches of Rhode Island. So there is plenty to enjoy no matter what kind of beach adventures you love to enjoy.

Here, we’ll look at the 10 of the best New England beaches. So, bring your beach chair and umbrella and let’s go!

Reid State Park, Maine

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“Reid State Park south view” by Rklawton – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons.

If you want to hit the waves in and around New England you don’t need to pack your surfboard and head to Florida or California. Instead, surf is usually up at Reid State Park in Maine.

Old Orchard Beach, Maine

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“OldOrchardBeach Pier” by Decumanus at the English language Wikipedia. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons.

If you want to head to the beach that is the epicenter of activity and fun in New England, then Old Orchard Beach is it. With a carnival atmosphere and plenty to do, you won’t regret it.

Kalmus Park Beach, Massachusetts

Located in Hyannis, one of the most popular towns on Cape Cod, Kalmus Park Beach is a hot spot for windsurfers and kite surfers due to the constant steady breezes this beach gets.

Coast Guard Beach, Massachusetts

Right on the Cape Cod National Seashore, Coast Guard Beach is a popular choice for people who are looking to be near lighthouses, sandy dunes and even seal sightings.

Hampton Beach, New Hampshire

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“Atlantic Swimmers” by MarkBuckawicki – Own work. Licensed under CC0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Even though New Hampshire has only 13 miles of coastline, they make up for it with places like Hampton Beach. With a great boardwalk and plenty of good eats, it’s a favorite with visitors and locals.

Napatree Point, Rhode Island

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“Watch Hill Cove from Napatree Point” by Juliancolton – Own work. Licensed under CC0 via Commons.

If you love nothing more than talking a stroll through the sand when you’re at the beach, then Napatree Point in Westerly, Rhode Island is it. You’ll find a nice two hour round trip loop to enjoy.

Rocky Neck State Park, Connecticut

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“Pavilion and Beach, Rocky Neck State Park, Niantic, Conn (86208)” by Tichnor Brothers, Publisher – Boston Public Library Tichnor Brothers collection #86208. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

One of the best beaches in New England for kids, Connecticut’s Rocky Neck State Park has nice sandy shores, shallow water, hiking trials, and plenty of spots for enjoying a picnic.

Town Neck Beach, Massachusetts

For those who really enjoy sitting back and watching boats sail by, Town Neck State Beach offers some of the best views in New England. At the mouth of the Cape Cod Canal, there’s plenty of water traffic.

Narragansett Town Beach, Rhode Island

Busy Beach with Life Guards

Narragansett Town Beach gives many visitors the best of both worlds. It’s a public beach that offers a ton of amenities, nice waves, and has a fun filled nearby town with plenty of hotels and restaurants.

Ocean Beach Park, Connecticut

Beyond having nice sandy beaches, Ocean Beach Park offers quite a bit on the beach grounds including a swimming pool, miniature golf, amusement rides, sidewalk cafe, and arcade.

These are only a handful of the many beaches you’ll find all over New England. With a bit of research you’ll be able to hit up beaches that fit your own needs. There are plenty to choose from!

What are some your favorite New England beaches? Let us know in the comments!