Where To: New England Beach Towns

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Summer in New England is a magical time. After months of cold and snow, we finally get longer days and warm nights. Looking to explore the quaint beach towns along the New England coastline summer? Here are 5 you can’t miss. 




By Stephanie Mace


Newburyport is a charming waterfront town about an hour north of Boston. Check out a concert at the aptly named Waterfront Park or grab drinks and oysters at West Row Café & Bar. For dinner, don’t miss The Poynt, which serves creative cocktails and an eclectic menu of seafood, flatbreads and small plates. Drive ten minutes north and find a four-mile stretch of sand at Salisbury Beach, where you can join yoga classes, rent paddleboards and ride bikes. 

Watch Hill

Another Rhode Island beach town, Watch Hill is situated an hour south of Newport. Home to a two mile stretch of beach, charming houses, and a cute town, Watch Hill never feels too crowded –its no surprise Taylor Swift owns a house here. Be sure to visit the Watch Hill Lighthouse and grab drinks at the sprawling Ocean House hotel. For dinner, we love Noodle Revolution for Thai food and Bridge Restaurant for burgers and seafood. 


Part of Cape Cod, Falmouth is located about 2 hours from Boston. Head to Old Silver Beach for the day or check into the Sea Crest hotel, grab a cocktail at Red’s and watch the sunset. While the waves are small, Old Silver Beach is great for stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking. The center of town offers lots of choices for dinner, but we recommend Osteria la Civetta for handmade pasta and wine. 



Known for cliff vistas and long, sandy beaches, Newport, Rhode Island is the ideal weekend getaway. Head to First Beach for waves and a carousel or Second Beach for surfing. For a quieter day, visit Third Beach, which is tucked away and sheltered from the wind. Walk along the Cliff Walk and check out the mansions or explore Brenton Point State Park. For dinner, dine by the harbor at the Mooring or try Wharf Pub and Restaurant for a more laid-back option. 


An island just off the coast of Massachusetts, Nantucket is full of cobblestone roads and small cottages you’ll want to move into immediately. The beaches offer something for everyone – Cisco for surfers, Jetties Beach for suntanning and volleyball and Surfside for bodysurfing and burgers. Rent bicycles in town to explore the islands many bike paths or visit the Whaling Museum on a rainy day. For a hip dinner, head to the Proprietors Bar and Table or try the Sea Grill for something more classic.