Seacoast

A quiet, soothing beach one day, a rollicking one the next … A stroll through history … A sea star cradled in your hand … A sunset cruise with lighthouse views … A restored Victorian grand hotel when you're craving a romantic escape … A brick brewery turned boutique inn when you're roadtripping with your coolest friends. Our ocean shoreline may be a mere 13 miles long (18 if you add in our islands), but Seacoast New Hampshire rivals any New England coastal destination.

You'll find Seacoast New Hampshire the perfect place to "seas" the day, the weekend, an entire week—especially if your idea of "carpe diem" includes concerts, cute coastal towns, and the catch of the day prepared in infinitely enticing ways.

In New Hampshire, we believe that the shore was meant to be shared, and you may be surprised by how much of our Atlantic frontage is accessible to the public. Not only are our sandy beaches inviting and affordable, but our waters are some of the cleanest in the country, as well. Hampton Beach isn't just a lively all-ages destination with a classic boardwalk, water-view dining, charitable gambling, and high-caliber performances at the historic Casino Ballroom. With a five-star rating for water quality from the Natural Resources Defense Council, it's a place where parents can feel confident introducing kids to the exhilarating weightlessness of bodysurfing and boogie boarding.

The Seacoast Region's most historic city, Portsmouth, is the best-value urban destination on the New England coast. A walkable city that simultaneously embraces old and new, Portsmouth draws visitors with its museums, historic sites, and cultural attractions, plus sophisticated dining and eclectic boutique shops. When you don't have to pay a small fortune for lodging, parking, and taxis, you can splurge on unique finds—and pay no sales tax in New Hampshire to boot.

But don't overlook the lesser-known southeastern New Hampshire towns, either. Find family-friendly beaches in Rye. Explore New Castle's Fort Constitution State Historic Site. Plan a leisurely scenic drive through old mill towns between Exeter and Dover, stopping for breakfast at Newfields General Store, where the community has shopped for provisions since 1896.

When you vacation in Seacoast New Hampshire, every day can be one-of-a-kind.