April 05, 2016
New Hampshire has a short coastline – 13 miles to be exact – but that doesn’t mean that our state is lacking in beautiful beaches. Those precious miles of coastlines are filled with beautiful beaches, and we have more sandy, waterside paradises scattered throughout the state along our lakes. Here are 8 of the best, most beautiful beaches in New Hampshire.
1. Wallis Sands State Beach, Rye
This state park is for those who care less about sandy stretches, and prefer their beaches with a healthy dose of history and adventure. The rocky coastline here was where a Scottish settler landed in 1623, establishing the first European settlement in New Hampshire. During World War II the area, which looks out over Portsmouth Harbor, was the site of Fort Dearborn, the remnants of which visitors can explore today, after they enjoy sweeping views of Portsmouth Harbor.
3. Hampton Beach, Hampton
At 700 feet long, Hampton Beach is the largest and most popular beach in New Hampshire. This is a typical beachside town – with heavy crowds on the beach during the high of summer, and a strip of stores selling t-shirts, souviners, and beachside food like fried dough. Recently renovated, Hampton Beach is stepping away from its seedy reputation in favor of family-friendly hustle and bustle.
4. Jenniss State Beach, Rye
A bit further up the seacoast from Hampton, you’ll find Jenniss State Beach. Jenniss has fewer crowds (due in part to limited parking), and is a popular spot with surfers – who even brave the cold waters of the Atlantic during the winter!
5. Weirs Beach, Laconia
One of the most popular beaches in the Lakes Region, Weirs Beach offers everything you could want: beautiful views over Lake Winnipesaukee and the channel connecting the larger lake to Paugus Bay; a boardwalk full of arcades and tourist shop; and plenty of sand.
6. White Lake State Park, Tamworth
Bring on summer!