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When you think of the northeast coast, you might immediately picture the bustling metropolitan areas of New York City or Boston. But the Northeast coast is also famous for its gorgeous beaches.
In this post, we will share several of our favorite beaches in this part of the US with you. But first, here are a few reasons why a visit to a Northeast coast beach should be on your bucket list.
The Cape Cod National Seashore is among the most famous stretches of coastline in the US. Speaking about the area, Henry David Thoreau once said, "A man may stand there and put all America behind him." Because this part of the coast is protected, you can have the same experience Thoreau once did as you explore these sandy shores.
There is a lot to do at Cape Cod! You can stroll along the beach or work on your tan, drive on the beach with an appropriate permit, or go hiking, cycling, fishing or paddling.
Along with the area’s natural splendor, your can enjoy exploring its beautiful lighthouses.
One thing to keep in mind is that you may not camp overnight on the Cape Cod National Seashore itself. But there are some campgrounds at nearby Wellfleet Hollow Campground and Nickerson State Park. You will need reservations to stay at either. The earlier you can book, the better.
If you are looking for peaceful spot that feels cozy and sheltered, you could pay a visit to Sand Beach on the Maine coast near Bar Harbor.
Enclosed by coniferous trees and low hills, this beach offers a relaxing atmosphere and unique scenery that sets it apart from anywhere else.
Moreover, you will be right at Acadia National Park, which the National Park Service refers to as the "crown jewel of the North Atlantic coast." You will have an incredible time exploring its 158 miles of hiking trails and seeing areas like Mount Desert Island, Isle au Haut, and Schoodic Peninsula. At each of these locations, you will find many exciting highlights.
There are four campgrounds in the park; NPS recommends that you place your reservation well in advance as they fill up fast. Incidentally, all of the campgrounds are also right along the water.
While we have focused thus far on more wilderness-oriented beaches, perhaps you are looking for a more urban experience. If so, consider heading to Cape May Beach in New Jersey.
Looking to visit a beach where you will feel you have been whisked away to another time? Cape May is a charming historic resort town characterized by some of the best-preserved Victorian houses in the US. Indeed, the "Cape May Historic District" actually encompasses the whole city, and the city itself is a National Historic Landmark. The city refers to itself as "America’s original seaside resort."
Cape May Beach does allow you to set up a tent (unlike quite a few other popular urban beaches on the Northeast coast). You are also invited to swim.
After a day at the beach, you will find shopping and dining aplenty nearby. You also can go on a cruise, charter a boat, head out on a fishing excursion, walk the famous promenade, and book a stay in a historical Victorian B&B.
Before you head to a Northeast coast beach, we recommend the following:
Whether you want to stay in a historic resort and immerse yourself in crowds of beachgoers or you would rather explore a national park and relax on a secluded shore, the Northeast coast is home to beaches that will capture your imagination. Pack your canopy tent, slather on some sunscreen, and have fun!