Born and raised in Dover, New Hampshire, I have been a part of the seacoast community my entire life. That is until 2012, when I relocated to a little place known place called Plymouth State University. I thought oceans were the best body of water NH had to offer. Now that I have spent four years adventuring through the Lakes Region, I now know both New Hampshire’s coastline and lakes are a vacation day well spent.
Salt water, sea breeze, collecting sea glass. Nothing solves a problem better than the sound of waves crashing in the distance. At only 18 miles, New Hampshire has the smallest amount of ocean coastline compared to any other state in the US. Although we don’t have much, in my opinion, it’s safe to say that we make the most of it.
There is something to be said about the atmosphere of sitting on the beach for the day. The feeling of fine sand between your toes, the sun beating down, and the sound of bocce ball being played by friends. Tired of tanning? Take a walk down the coastline, look for sea glass and shells on your way! Too hot from the sun? Jump in the FREEZING Atlantic Ocean and you’ll feel better!
My favorite beach on the seacoast has to be Jenness State Beach. Just a short drive away from the hustle and bustle that is Hampton Beach, Jenness is a great spot for both younger generations, as well as families. Skim boarding, boogie boarding, and surfing are all allowed at this beach. It’s always funny to see a group of sea kayakers out there conquering the waves!
Is the freezing cold Atlantic not your favorite body of water to jump into? Chances are lakes are your preferred vacation spot during the summer months. Luckily, New Hampshire is home to 1,300 lakes and ponds, including Lake Winnipesaukee, which covers 69 square miles alone.
While spending a day at any of the lakes that New Hampshire has to offer, you’ll run into boaters, kayakers, swimmers, jet skiers, paddleboarders, and people tubing. Lakes may not have the crystal clear water and soft sand of beaches, however, the lakes are great for vacationers who love to go boating and tubing. According to Visit NH, there are 400 public access points across the state where boaters are welcome to launch their boat for the day.
Check out a video from Visit NH to get the full experience of what it is like to spend a day at the lake!
Whether you dream of a large lake house with a garage just for your boats, or a beach front cottage with a sandy path to the beach, New Hampshire offers both. For more information on New Hampshire’s lakes, beaches, and water fun check out Visit NH.