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Hampton Beach

One wouldn’t normally think of New Hampshire beaches for their New England vacation, but there is a small portion of the state that is ocean-side. Hampton Beach is the hub of New Hampshire’s ocean activity. The beach itself is long, wide, and very clean. With dozens of hotels, restaurants, amusements, and shops, it’s a Mecca for beach lovers from throughout New England.

The surf and tides of Hampton Beach can be quite strong on occasion. Timid swimmers should be cautious when venturing into the water. And be prepared, the water is COLD.

Parasailing and jet skiing are very popular at Hampton Beach. Because of the size of the beach, Hampton Beach is a great beach for walkers. The sand is firm and easy on the feet. There are numerous volleyball nets set up on the beach and you will often find vigorous games being played.

Hampton Beach is a very developed beach community so wildlife is limited. But for those willing to venture offshore, whale watching in this area is a great adventure.

Hampton Beach is a very popular New Hampshire vacation spot. There are many, many places to stay when visiting. The Ashworth Hotel (www.ashworthhotel.com) is a lovely old hotel directly across from the ocean. Another great place to stay is the Sea Spiral Motel (www.hamptonbeachresorts.com). No day use fees. Parking fees are not cheap. Pets and alcohol are discouraged.

Hampton Beach hosts numerous events throughout the summer including free nightly concerts, catamaran regatta, sand sculpting competition, and a seafood festival. July and August are the optimum times to visit Hampton Beach. However, be prepared for large crowds.