One of the luxuries of living in New England is being surrounded by seemingly endless beaches and coastlines. Even better, you can cover a wide range of views since everything is easily accessible and a feasible day trip. September tends to be warm, with fewer crowds so now’s the time to explore new salt water destinations.
This crescent shaped beach on The Cape is the quintessential beach for exploring. While the water is great for swimming during high tide, when the water recedes it forms different sand bars and reveals rocks, flats and sea life during low tide. There is also a small beach shack on site to grab a frozen treat.
If you’re feeling motivated, drive through the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge to the southernmost tip of the 77-acre state park and you’ll be rewarded with a secluded oasis that includes calm water, tide pools and endlessly soft sand. No amenities here so bring what you need!
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If you’re looking to avoid the busyness of Hampton Beach, take the extra 15-minute drive out to Jenness Beach. It is a lot smaller and a lot more lowkey. That being said, we recommend getting there as early as possible as parking is very limited. The waves at this beach are massive, effortlessly going over heads to create a splashing time!
Just barely north of Boston, this is one of the most popular beaches just outside the city. Parking is affordable and perfect for families of all ages, as there is always a ton of room on the beach. Just a short drive from Revere Beach, the water has a pattern of being extremely clear and has an onsite beachside restaurant, called Tides, that serves everything from pizza to seafood to cool off after a long day in the sun.
Located on the easternmost point of Nantucket, Sconset Beach is a photographer’s dream. Right before the beach, there is Sconset Bluff Walk, a collection of picturesque island houses covered in gorgeous hydrangeas. If you walk down a bit, there is also Sankaty Light, one of the most popular lighthouses on the island. The beach itself is not particularly busy and usually a bit foggy, creating a calming change of scenery. You may also make some seal friends if you time it right.
Just minutes from Newport, this beach is a staple for both locals and those on vacation. Widely considered one of the best beaches in Rhode Island, Second Beach has a plethora of parking, beautiful sand, and dunes as far as the eye can see. We swear that we have seen some of the best sunsets of our lives here. At the end of the beach, there is a bird sanctuary that covers 325 acres of diverse habitats.