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Lisa Dworkin


The Best Beaches North Of Boston (PHOTOS)

Posted: 09/05/2012 7:00 am

Labor Day has come and gone leaving many of us thinking about the new school year, getting back to work and maybe even the holiday season. Before you leave summer completely behind, consider going to the beach in September. It's one of the best times to go.

Why choose the beach in September? There are a number of reasons including...

  • The weather is still mild and sunny.

  • The ocean is as warm as it will be all year due to heating from the summer sun.

  • Prices are lower.

  • Everything is less crowded.

Frankly, most any beach destination in the northern hemisphere fits these criteria -- which is why September's my favorite month to travel -- but northern New England's beaches continue to be one of my favorite places for a quick fall getaway.

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  • Crane Beach, MA

    <a href="" target="_hplink">Crane Beach</a> is in Ipswich, Massachusetts about an hour's drive from Boston. Crane Beach was voted the best beach in Massachusetts by's readers in 2011.

  • Hampton Beach, NH

    <a href="" target="_hplink">Hampton Beach</a> in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire is an affordable beach getaway perfect for families.

  • Short Sands Beach, ME

    <a href="" target="_hplink">Short Sands Beach</a> is in York, Maine near the <a href="" target="_hplink">Nubble Lighthouse</a>. It's a nice little pocket beach within walking distance of hotels, restaurants, and entertainment.

  • Ogunquit, ME

    <a href="" target="_hplink">Main Beach</a> is the largest of 3 beaches in Ogunquit, Maine. Crazy as this may sound, Main Beach in Ogunquit is my favorite beach in the continental United States, cold water not withstanding!

  • Old Orchard Beach, ME

    Old Orchard Beach is one of the most popular beach destinations in the <a href="" target="_hplink">southern Maine coastal region</a>. If you visit Old Orchard Beach, don't miss the Old Orchard Pier and Palace Playland Park.


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