Cynthia - Click to enlarge Edition #4, 19 November 2007

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Hampton Beach, New Hampshire

New Hampshire has the distinction of having the shortest coastline of any coastal state in the union. The subject of this article is Hampton Beach, a village district and beach resort located within the town of Hampton, NH. Hampton Beach is located at the east end of route 101, just east of Interstate 95. With fine beaches, 80 free evening concerts taking place throughout the summer, and fireworks displays each week, Hampton Beach is definitely worth a visit. Personally, I love watching the fireworks from the water.

Speaking of water, let's talk about the beaches. The main beach features plenty of sand, a band shell, public information, and a first aid station. Parking is metered along Ocean Boulevard. Seafood Festival

The state beach and park, along route 1A, is located by the Hampton Beach bridge. There is plenty of parking at $10 per car. A snack bar, picnic area, convenience store, and rest rooms are available. The white sand of the beach is soft and the kids will love the little pools of water that appear at low tide. Campers can utilize the full RV facilities of the park.

North Beach, also off of route 1A, features a bathhouse, lifeguards, and limited metered parking. It is also handicap accessible.

Coming to the area from out of town? If so, you will appreciate the number of fine hotels and motels in the area. Many are close to the ocean. There are a number of great restaurants in town, too many to list here. Check out the links below for the specifics.

Hampton Beach is widely known for its Seafood Festival, held the weekend after Labor Day. Approximately 150,000 attended the event this year. The festival features free parking and shuttles, arts and crafts, live entertainment, fireworks, skydivers, and of course plenty of food. There is a Kiddie Land for the young ones, and a road race with categories for all ages.

Other notable events during the year include the annual Penguin Plunge in February, the Catamaran Regatta in June, the Sand Sculpting Competition, Miss Hampton Beach Pagent, and the Children's Festival. For more information on Hampton Beach, be sure to visit and

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Cynthia at Sunrise: DSI Photo
Seafood Festival: Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce

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