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hampton beach, nhIt's summer in New Hampshire!

Its 18 miles of coastline and 1,300 lakes and ponds ask you to pick your pleasure -- swimming, boating, fishing, or just excellent opportunities to spend a lazy day watching the sailboats go by...

One of New Hampshire's most popular seaside locations Hampton Beach (pictured) is about 10 minutes from Portland. For a quieter time further down the coast, try the Great Island Common beach at New Castle - officially the smallest town in New Hampshire!

Drawing crowds by the hundreds of thousands each summer, the rest of the New Hampshire coastline (despite its size) boasts more than a half dozen other oceanfront beaches including North Hampton, Seabrook Beach, Rye Beach and more.

For a cool time anywhere within the state, there are also New Hampshire lakeside beaches located in dozens of state parks that dot the inland landscape.

Have fun!


Hampton Beach, located in Portland's backyard.

What's the weather like today? New Hampshire beach web cams:

Hampton Beach webcam

Rye Beach webcam

DID YOU KNOW? New Hampshire beach fun facts:

surfing in new hampshire
Hitting The Wall in New Hampshire.

• Dubbed 'The Wall", New Hampshire's No. 1 destination for surfers is located just south of North Hampton Beach.

Ellacoya State Beach is the state's largest lake beach, located at (where else?) New Hampshire's largest lake, Lake Winnipesaukee.

• The oldest summer resort in America dates back to 1768, when colonial Governor John Wentworth built his estate in Wolfeboro NH, near what is now Wentworth State Beach.

also see -> Big E State Fair | New Hampshire tourism

More about New Hampshire beaches around the Web:

NH State Parks - Seacoast Beaches - Check out the complete guide to seacoast beaches with photos and descriptions, detailed facts on amenities, weather and beach advisories, summer lifeguard schedule, driving directions.

Wallis Sands State Beach - Located in Rye, New Hampshire, this site comes with a short description of amenities, fees, weather info, and driving directions, but check out that photo gallery....


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