Fort Foster in Kittery Point offers three small beaches, an extensive trail system, restroom facilities in season, picnic areas and old military fortifications.
The most popular beach in the region, Hampton Beach has been drawing visitors by the hundreds of thousands since the turn of the century. The beach is extremely wide and the water warm. Bath house and lifeguards in season. Located on Route 1A, Hampton.
Small, picturesque Sandy Beach, 10 minutes from Portsmouth, has the U.S. Coast Guard Station at one end and a large seaside park, New Castle Common, at the other end.
North Hampton State Beach on Route 1A is located the heart of the short New Hampshire Seacoast.
A beautiful, wide sandy beach a half hour north of Portsmouth, Ogunquit Beach is a favorite of tourists and Canadian visitors.
Located on Route 1A, Rye Beach and adjacent Jenness Beach are popular family beaches with a bathhouse and lifeguards during the summer season. (603) 436-1552
Just down the road from Hampton Beach, near the Massachusetts border, Seabrook Beach offers a quieter setting and an expanse of sand dunes.
Seapoint Beach, near Gerrish Island off winding Route 103 in Kittery Point, faces north and is somewhat rocky.
York's beaches, each about 20 minutes from Portsmouth, are Short Sands, Long Sands Beach and Harbor Beach. All featuring very gentle slopes and warm water.
Wallis Sands State Beach, about 15 minutes south of Portsmouth, is a beautiful, sandy curving beach.