Monday, 20 July 2009

The Top Seven Fresh and Salt Water Beaches in New Hampshire

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Slighty expanded story which appeared in Maple Gazette (Cdn newsletter for travel agents)

Top Seven Beaches
By Stephen Weir

So many lakes. So many rivers. And then there is the wide-open ocean. We went to the experts to find out where the seven top beaches and swimming spots in New Hampshire can be found. You might be surprised at the answers!
Hampton Beach. MSNBC rated it in the top 3 cleanest beaches in the United States. Miles of white sand. Supervised swimming. There is camping at the Hampton Beach State Park. Lots to do from the annual summer sand sculpture competition (pictured above) to the February 1st Penguin Plunge! www.hamptonbeach.org/
Rye on the Rocks. This beach is best known for being the home of the best surf breaks in New England. The beach is off Route 1-A a few miles from Rye, NH. www.townrye.nh.us.
Wallis Sands State Beach. When the tide is out, this is one of the best beaches in the state. Wide expanses of clean sand. This is a family-oriented beach featuring picnicking and hot water showers. Lifeguards on duty. Check the tide guide before heading out. www.nhstateparks.org/state-parks/alphabetical-order/wallis-sands-state-beach.
Cedar Waters Village Nudist Park. The small beach is surrounded by 350 acres of heavily wooded, private land with secluded roads and hiking trails. Considered one of the best clothing optional swimming holes in New England. Day visits permitted for families and couples only. www.nhnude.com.
Star Island. There are no sand beaches on this small island off the coast of New Hampshire. However, you can swim at the town pier under the watchful eyes of a lifeguard. Star Island is one of the four Isles of Shoals that are located in New Hampshire, seven miles from the mainland in the Atlantic Ocean. First settled in the 1600s and now a religious and educational conference center, visitors can make daytrips to island, explore its historical sites and have a swim. Ferry service is from Rye Harbor. http://www.starisland.org/visiting/dayvisitors
Wellington State Park. Located on Newfound Lake, this state park has the largest freshwater swimming beach in the state park system. Hiking trails and picnic areas along the shore afford views of one of the deepest and clearest lakes in the state. www.visit-newhampshire.com/current_category.1491/companies_list.html
Weir's Beach. Just an hour from Manchester and a two-hour drive from Boston, this is the most popular freshwater beach in the state. The wide white sand beach offers a breathtaking view of Lake Winnipesauke. There is a park, a boardwalk, picnic areas, amusement arcades, a working antique cruise ship, historic train rides, restaurants and nightclubs. http://www.weirsbeach.com.

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