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Jenness State Beach

A great family location with an Atlantic oceanfront setting - its sandy beach is ideal for swimming and picnicking. Amenities at the beach include a bathhouse. Metered parking is available for 67 cars.

People with surfboards on Jenness Beach

Hampton Beach

New Hampshire's most famous seaside locale. The waves are just right for boogie boarding, the boardwalk is lively day and night, and restaurants cater to seafood-craving summer crowds. Kids love nightly outdoor concerts, weekly fireworks, movies on the beach, and arcades. You can also catch a concert at The Casino Ballroom.

Sand castles on Hampton Beach

North Hampton Beach

North Hampton State Beach on Route 1A is located the heart of the short New Hampshire Seacoast. Grab a lobster roll or an ice cream at the Beach Plum!

North Hampton Beach

New Castle Beach

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.

People and families at New Castle Beach

Seabrook Beach

Just down the road from Hampton Beach, near the Massachusetts border, Seabrook Beach offers a quieter setting and an expanse of sand dunes.

Homes along Seabrook Beach

Rye Beach

Located on Route 1A, Rye Beach and adjacent Jenness Beach are popular family beaches with a bathhouse and lifeguards during the summer season.

Rye Beach

Wallis Sands State Beach

about 15 minutes south of Portsmouth, is a beautiful, sandy curving beach. that can best be seen looking south on Route 1A. It has a large parking lot, showers and restrooms, and the state charges admission in summer.

Wallis Sands State Beach

Surf Shops & Water Rentals

Check out the hottest spots for summer fun.

Summer Sessions Our Rye Beach Shop is a family friendly surf retail shop with the latest surf apparel and equipment from the worlds top surf brand names. It has its own Coffee Shop & Cafe, so you can conveniently have breakfast, lunch, snacks, smoothies, lattes, cappuccinos, ice cream and more with out leaving the beach. Link.
Cinnamon Rainbow Surf Company Since 1983 we've been dedicated to providing the best service and selection of surf gear and apparel you'll find anywhere. Surfboards, wetsuits, cold water accessories, lessons, SUP demos and tours, clothing, sandals and more! Link.
Portsmouth Paddle Company Portsmouth Paddle Co. is a full service paddleboard shop with everything for the novice to experienced paddler. Located on the NH Seacoast, we offer a variety of on-water activities , including paddle board rentals and lessons , guided tours , and SUP Yoga . Looking for an unforgettable group experience? We've got you covered with our Private Events! Link.
Portsmouth Kayak Adventure A dependable family favorite for renting most sea faring vessels. Link.

Marina's and Yacht Clubs

The New Hampshire summers keep getting better.

Wentworth by the Sea Marina A destination like no other. From the moment you arrive at the Wentworth Marina, you'll find an unparalleled setting, abundant amenities and superlative hospitality. A premier marina with 150 slips accommodating vessels up to 250 feet, we offer everything a boater needs for a delightful stopover or unbeatable home port. Link.
Portsmouth Marina We are located on the beautiful New Hampshire Sea Coast along Sagamore Creek. From our protected location you have easy access to the back channel, Little Harbor and the Atlantic. Link.
Prescott Park Docs Public docking space is available at Prescott Park on the Piscataqua River in Portsmouth. Docking is available for overnight and hourly stays. In addition, seasonal slips are offered beginning April 2 and lasting through November 1. A limited number of 12 seasonal docking are made available first to City of Portsmouth residents. Link.
Portsmouth Yacht Club Located on the Piscataqua River, Portsmouth Yacht Club was founded in 1898 in Portsmouth, NH and moved to its present location in New Castle, NH in 1938. Our facilities include a full kitchen, outdoor grills and refreshing showers as well as fuel for your vessel. The fuel dock is open 7 days a week in season and is available to all boaters. Our club members and staff will provide a welcoming atmosphere for visiting yachtsmen. Link.
Newburyport Yacht Club Established in 2001, the Newburyport Yacht Club is now widely recognized as one of the premier boating clubs on the Northern Massachusetts/Southern New Hampshire coast. The Club House and Marina are located on the Merrimack River, just minutes from Interstate 95 and US Route One. The Marina features sheltered, deepwater dockage, and is approximately a mile and a half upriver from one of the premier sport fishing and sailing areas in the Northeast. The Marina comprises 192 slips on three decks. Link.
Freedom Boat Club With three locations locally, our members enjoy a wide range of boating activities. The Marrimac River is the #1 named spot to fish for striped bass in MA and a great starting point for a cruise to Sandy Point, Crane Beach, Wingaersheek Beach, Rockport. Our Portsmouth location is ideal for cruising out to the Isles of Shoals and northern Maine. Our Great Bay location is a terrific spot for warmer sports and the fishing is very good up there as well. All locations also offer island boating options when you can enjoy a relaxing cruise, water sports and fun ties in the sand bars. Link.