How do you go about choosing the twenty-five best beach towns in New England? It wasn’t easy, but we can guarantee that regardless of your personal criteria, there’s a beach town for you on our list.
Using fourteen criteria, ranging from the availability of beach food to accessibility of town amenities to lodging for all budgets, we found the 25 Best Beach Towns in New England. Whether you’re looking for waves to ride, long sandy stretches or lots of family activities, there’s a beach town for you on our list.
#1: Ogunquit, Maine.
#2: Provincetown, Massachusetts.
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#3: Nantucket, Massachusetts.
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#4: Newport, Rhode Island.
#5: Old Harbor, Block Island, Rhode Island.
#6: Edgartown, Massachusetts.
#7: Kennebunkport, Maine.
#8: Rockport, Massachusetts.
#9: Chatham, Massachusetts.
#10: Watch Hill, Rhode Island.
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#11: York Beach, Maine.
#12 (Tied): Wellfleet, Massachusetts.
#12 (Tied): Falmouth, Massachusetts.
#13: Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts.
#14: Narragansett, Rhode Island.
#15 (Tied): Orleans, Massachusetts.
#15 (Tied): Newburyport, Massachusetts.
#16: Ipswich, Massachusetts.
#17 (Tied): Madison, Connecticut.
#17 (Tied): Old Orchard Beach, Maine.
#18 (Tied): Little Compton, Rhode Island.
#18 (Tied): Plymouth, Massachusetts.
#19: Hampton Beach, New Hampshire.
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#20: Hull, Massachusetts.
#21: Brewster, Massachusetts.
Read and see more about these towns in our main article: The 25 Best Beach Towns in New England
A special thanks to our contributing photographers. Follow the links below to see more of their New England photography.
Suzanne DeGeorge — sdegeorge.com
Butch Lombardi — eastbayimages.com
David Stone — stoneystonephoto.com
Laura Stone — laurastonephotography.com/
J. Greg Hinson, MD — nantucketstock.com