Wonderful Places: Discover the Beaches of the American Northeast Coast

6:30 pm  |  20.11.2021

Some of the best things about the northeast coast beaches are the fantastic views and sunrises. But the cultural and maritime history of these beaches is also very interesting. With the Wampanoag and other Algonquin-speaking nations, this landscape flourished long before communities fenced in their beaches to enjoy those shores and before the ice cream trucks lured with their seductive soundtracks.

The historical monuments, ships, and harbors as well as the colonial and Victorian architecture to the architecture of the modern aptly tell the story of the American nation. Check out our list of some of the best beaches on the northeast coast and the surrounding states and make plans. Take time for the beach, for a few tours of discovery – and create lifelong, wonderful memories of visiting the northeastern beaches of the USA.

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Maine: Kennebunkport

Perhaps one of the most pleasant features of Maine’s beaches is the lack of commerce, traffic, and crowds compared to the more accessible beaches (with warmer waters) in the lower northeastern states. The beaches around Kennebunkport, such as Goose Rocks Beach, not only offer miles of sand fun, they also offer some of the most beautiful views of Pine Tree State.

Kennebunkport Beach

Those who like bird watching, shellfish fishing, wildlife photography, canoeing, or kayaking can visit the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, a 37 km² nature reserve with marshes, dunes, swamps, and tidal estuaries.

The Sandy Beach of Acadia National Park

American connoisseurs know that Acadia National Park is home to some of the most beautiful and pristine stretches of coastline in the “Lower 48”. Among other things, it is famous for its rugged rock formations. The granite-laden bank forms majestic landscapes and offers countless rustic tours of discovery. If you don’t mind cold water, Sand Beach awaits you with its beautiful sandy beach. It lies between granite rocks and a hectare of pine-covered forest on the eastern edge of the park.

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Massachusetts: Cape Cod and the Islands

With destinations like Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, it’s hard to tell which is the nicer beach in Massachusetts. 

Along the Cape Cod National Seashore, visitors will find miles and miles of beautiful coastline and the typical New England scenes you may know from movies. Look forward to countless adventure offers for families, nature lovers, hikers, and adventurers. There are also numerous recreational opportunities along the Cape Cod Canal.

And when you don’t want to sit in the sand on a beach lined with parasols, visit the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, the first whale watching spot on the east coast. Stellwagen is one of the leading addresses for humpback whales, fin whales, and endangered right whales. It lies at the mouth of Massachusetts Bay. Think about booking a full-day whale watching tour.

New Hampshire: Rye Beach

Beautiful sunset on the Rye Beach

New Hampshire’s first settlement, Rye Beach, is a popular destination for visitors to New England. As the name suggests, it is in the affluent but rural town of Rye. Although New Hampshire is usually not the first thing most people think of when they hear the term “beach town”, Rye Beach has all the characteristics one could want from a typical New England beach landscape: magical landscapes, History, and long stretches of sand.

And when you’ve got enough sun and saltwater, explore a little more of New Hampshire, like the beautiful Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Newington, or visit the lively, artsy city of Portsmouth.

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New Jersey: The Jersey Shore

Although superstorm “Sandy” had ravaged New Jersey and the surrounding areas of the Central Atlantic, New Jersey’s coast has now recovered so well that it welcomes visitors from all over the world, especially in the summer. Great summer vacation for the whole family awaits you here.

Just think of saltwater toffees, ice cream, and perhaps the tastiest pizza in the country. Here you will find the epitome of a beach promenade atmosphere because you can stroll comfortably over many long, narrow walkways. Or visit Island Beach State Park on the southern end of Long Beach Island, a place nature lovers appreciate.

Jersey beaches also offer crab fishing, fishing, swimming, surfing, boat tours, and anything else you and your family can enjoy on the beach.

NOTE: Although most traveler beaches were fully repaired before Memorial Day 2013, it is still a good idea to check out all of the places you plan to travel to when making your plans.

Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve

How about a visit to the 115,000 hectares Jacques Cousteau-National Estuarine Research Reserve? You can explore this area with its many estuaries and branches either by boat or on foot. Or visit the Life on the Edge exhibit on the Tuckerton Seaport Museum Reserves.

New York: Gateway National Recreation Area

Tired of feeling or not having a budget for hotels? Then think about a Gateway overnight stay in a tent in and around New York City (including Staten Island, Jamaica Bay in Brooklyn, and Sandy Hook in New Jersey). At the gateway, you can spend a day relaxing on the beach, cycling, fishing, kayaking, and bird watching (over 325 species of birds pass by). 

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You can also explore forts that date back to the American Revolution (Fort Wadsworth, for example, was a British outpost). But relics from the more recent times can also be viewed (for example historic aircraft on Floyd Bennett Field). 

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In the evening, look out over the water at the Manhattan skyline, have dinner there, or watch a Broadway show (public transportation to and from Manhattan is available seasonally).

Montauk Point

Montauk is one of the classic Hamptons locations. In addition to the popular beach-resort vibe, glamor, and Americana, there is plenty of pristine, open space to explore in this area.

Be sure to visit the Montauk Point Lighthouse, the oldest lighthouse in New York State. The construction of this lighthouse was approved by the Second Congress under President George Washington in 1792 and completed in November 1796. It is a National Historic Landmark and is still in use today.

A trip to the nearby Amagansett National Wildlife Refuge, a 36-hectare refuge and home to an incredible number of rare plants and an even more impressive number of bird species, is also worthwhile.

Rhode Island: Block Island

Beautiful Block Island

Block Island is located 13 miles away from Rhode Island and 13 miles east of Montauk Point. Block Island (including the Block Island National Wildlife Refuge) is located in the middle of a barrier archipelago in the immediate vicinity of Martha’s Vineyard, the Elizabeth Islands, Nantucket, and Long Island. Take a ferry to get to this quintessential New England destination.

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