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What are the best beaches in New England? This list includes some of the most popular and beautiful Atlantic Coast beaches and towns. These idyllic spots are perfect for relaxing or exploring during the warm summer months. They are, without question, among the best beaches in the U.S. Which one is the greatest? That is for you to decide, with votes. Be sure to add any excellent beaches or beach towns in New England that are missing from the list, too.

New England is filled with stunning beaches, offering visitors plenty of great sand, waves and a natural, unspoiled beauty. Fans of seashell collecting will find a treasure trove of opportunities on virtually all of these wonderful beaches, and wildlife watchers will revel in the diversity of the area's ecosystem. If you want to see some seals, head to any of the beaches off Chatham and prepare to be amazed. And of course, there's the ridiculously amazing seafood: Want some great fried clams or lobster rolls? Head to any New England beach town for a feast.

One of the most popular and famous stretches of beaches in the world is the Cape Cod National Seashore, home to more than 500 miles of beaches that offer plenty of waves and some seriously great swimming spots. Cape Cod isn't the only magical beach area in New England, though: From Maine to New Hampshire to Rhode Island and beyond, the New England beaches rival of the best beaches in the South (including Florida's greatest beaches), Hawaii or even the Caribbean.

No two beaches in the world are exactly alike. Each offers a unique experience. The beaches in and around New England are some of the most unique on Earth!

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Nantucket is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Beaches in New England
Nantucket Massachusetts, USA

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Cape Cod National Seashore is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Beaches in New England
Cape Cod National Seashore Massachusetts, USA

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Martha's Vineyard is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Beaches in New England

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Block Island is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Beaches in New England
Block Island Rhode Island, USA

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Horseneck Beach State Reservat... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Beaches in New England

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Provincetown is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Beaches in New England
Provincetown Massachusetts, USA

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Old Orchard Beach is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Beaches in New England
Old Orchard Beach Maine, USA

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Chatham is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Beaches in New England
Chatham Massachusetts, USA

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Hampton Beach is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Beaches in New England
Hampton Beach New Hampshire, USA

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Ogunquit Beach is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Beaches in New England

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Narragansett is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Beaches in New England
Narragansett Rhode Island, USA

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Crane Beach is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Beaches in New England
Crane Beach Ipswitch, MA

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Wellfleet is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Beaches in New England
Wellfleet Massachusetts, USA

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Wingaersheek Beach is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Beaches in New England
Wingaersheek Beach Massachusetts, USA

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York Beach is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Beaches in New England
York Beach Maine, USA

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Gloucester is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Beaches in New England
Gloucester Massachusetts, USA

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Newport is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Beaches in New England
Newport Rhode Island, USA

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Bar Harbor is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Beaches in New England
Bar Harbor Maine, USA

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Long Beach is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Beaches in New England
Long Beach Massachusetts

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Singing Beach is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Beaches in New England
Singing Beach Manchester, Massachusetts

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Kennebunkport is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Beaches in New England
Kennebunkport Maine, USA

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Westerly is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Beaches in New England
Westerly Rhode Island, USA

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Hyannis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Beaches in New England
Hyannis Massachusetts, USA

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Hammonasset Beach State Park is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Beaches in New England
Hammonasset Beach State Park Connecticut, USA

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Salisbury Beach is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Beaches in New England
Salisbury Beach Massachusetts, USA

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Calf Pasture Beach is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Beaches in New England

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Seabrook Beach, New Hampshire is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Beaches in New England
Seabrook Beach, New Hampshire New Hampshire, USA

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Reid State Park is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Beaches in New England
Reid State Park Maine, USA

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Nauset Light is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Beaches in New England
Nauset Light Eastham, Massachusetts, USA

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Easton Beach is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Beaches in New England
Easton Beach Newport, RI

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Truro is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Beaches in New England
Truro Massachusetts, USA

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Walden Pond is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Beaches in New England
Walden Pond Massachusetts, USA

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Nantasket Beach is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Beaches in New England
Nantasket Beach Massachusetts, USA

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Gooseberry Beach is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Beaches in New England

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Wollaston Beach is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Beaches in New England
Wollaston Beach Massachusetts, USA

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Compo Beach is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Beaches in New England
Compo Beach Westport, CT