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Hampton Beach & Around

Introducing Hampton Beach & Around

Littered with summer clam shacks, motels, fried-dough stands and arcades full of children, Hampton Beach isn't the classiest stretch of New England coastline, but it has New Hampshire's only sandy beach – a wide, inviting stretch of shore that gives pasty sun-seekers their fix. North of Hampton Beach, the tacky beach fun transitions into rolling greenswards and serpentine private drives in Rye, where oceanfront mansions and sprawling 'summer cottages' show a different side of the coastline.