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Photographs of the 25 Best Beach Towns in New England

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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

Best beach towns in New England

#1: Ogunquit, Maine.

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2. Provincetown, Massachusetts

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#2: Provincetown, Massachusetts.

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3. Nantucket, Massachusetts

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#3: Nantucket, Massachusetts.

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4. Newport, Rhode Island

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#4: Newport, Rhode Island.

Butch Lombardi

5. Old Harbor, Block Island, Rhode Island

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#5: Old Harbor, Block Island, Rhode Island.

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6. Edgartown, Massachusetts

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#6: Edgartown, Massachusetts.

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7. Kennebunkport, Maine

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#7: Kennebunkport, Maine.

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8. Rockport, Massachusetts

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#8: Rockport, Massachusetts.

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9. Chatham, Massachusetts

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#9: Chatham, Massachusetts.

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10. Watch Hill, Rhode Island

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#10: Watch Hill, Rhode Island.

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11. York Beach, Maine

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#11: York Beach, Maine.

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12. (Tied) Wellfleet, Massachusetts

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#12 (Tied): Wellfleet, Massachusetts.

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12. (Tied) Falmouth, Massachusetts

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#12 (Tied): Falmouth, Massachusetts.

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13. Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts

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#13: Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts.

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14. Narragansett, Rhode Island

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#14: Narragansett, Rhode Island.

Laura Stone

15. (Tied) Orleans, Massachusetts

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#15 (Tied): Orleans, Massachusetts.

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15. (Tied) Newburyport, Massachusetts

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#15 (Tied): Newburyport, Massachusetts.

Suzanne DeGeorge

16. Ipswich, Massachusetts

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#16: Ipswich, Massachusetts.

David Stone

17. (Tied) Madison, Connecticut

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#17 (Tied): Madison, Connecticut.

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17. (Tied) Old Orchard Beach, Maine

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#17 (Tied): Old Orchard Beach, Maine.

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18. (Tied) Little Compton, Rhode Island

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#18 (Tied): Little Compton, Rhode Island.

Butch Lombardi

18. (Tied) Plymouth, Massachusetts

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#18 (Tied): Plymouth, Massachusetts.

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19. Hampton Beach, New Hampshire

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#19: Hampton Beach, New Hampshire.

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20. Hull, Massachusetts

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#20: Hull, Massachusetts.

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21. Brewster, Massachusetts

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#21: Brewster, Massachusetts.

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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

Comments
  • nonginthirath@aol.com

    I have lived in RI my entire life, but I prefer either going to Cape Cod, Old Orchard Beach or York Beach to RI beaches. They are over crowded and there are so many rude and ignorant people there all the time. We spend a lot of time on the Cape, all year round. We’ve been going to the Cape for New Year’s Eve for the past 2 years and have already started to make plans to go again this year. We were fortunate enough to get First Night Chatham buttons for this year and it was the best First Night I have ever been to. It was well organized and there was plenty to do for the entire family

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  • I grew up on Watch Hill beach (year round) and its the home of my soul. I wish it was kept more of a secret! People don’t know their beach manners, the unwritten code of seating and personal decorum. We’re getting resentful here. Never used to be this way. If you can’t mind your manners, sit on top of other people, talk loudly on your phone and yell to your children across the beach then go to Misquamicutt!

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  • Mbonacello

    Grew up going to Watch Hill and Narragansett, year round. The area still holds a special place in my heart. Add Block Island to the triangle and there is no better place. I prefer it over the Cape, personally.

    Still love Old Orchard Beach as well. Planning a trip there this summer, cannot wait to share it with my children and family

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  • I love Hampton because I worked there the summer after I graduated from high school. My son works there now. Wonderful memories

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  • Leave your bike at home when visiting Narragansett. Not bike friendly. The town is set up for cars and for parking cars in the shoulders of most of the roads. I went on vacation and could not believe there were no places for bikes to ride. Speeding and the amount of cars in the town was enough to deter me from ever going back. If you want good riding go to the cape. Just my thoughts.

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  • Someone was sleeping at the switch on this one. Dennis, MA has better beaches than most of your list.

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