Hampton Beach, Hampton, NH, USA

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Hampton Beach, Hampton, NH, USA

Hampton Beach vacation rentals

Making a splash in Hampton Beach

A veritable magnet for families and sea lovers on the Eastern Seaboard, this carousel-packed, casino-laden town on the edge of New Hampshire has been drawing visitors for decades. Its lively boardwalk has been voted America's best several times running, while those powdery beaches and lapping Atlantic waves create an ensemble of activities and attractions that's darn hard to resist. Hampton Beach vacation rentals stand overlooking the ocean swells, or hidden behind the undulating dunes of the Hampton Marshes, offering the perfect base in this fun-loving, summertime resort.

Ride the waves in Hampton Beach

As the summer heat begins to caress New Hampshire, Hampton Beach vacation rentals become a hubbub of activity. Surf heads come to wax down their boards and conquer the rollers of the Atlantic. Kayakers and sailors come to bounce over the light swells. Families come to laze on the warm sands and play volleyball as the shore laps against the Ocean Boulevard. And talking of that Ocean Boulevard, that's where you'll find the gaming halls, elegant turn-of-the-century architecture, whale watching outfitters, and all the action during the yearly Seafood Festival in September.

Ballrooms and beaches in Hampton Beach

If you're lucky enough to be staying in Hampton Beach vacation rentals along bustling Ocean Boulevard, then you can look forward to a place right in middle of the action. Look up and you'll likely spot the legendary Seashell Stage, or the Casino Ballroom, where rock and roll greats continue to shake and groove during the whole year. Of course, the main attraction here is always going to be the pearly stretch of sand and undulating dunes that spread out to make the Hampton Beach State Park – a mecca for swimmers, bathers, surfers, and walkers from May to September.

Enjoy warm summers in Hampton Beach

You don't have to look at too many Hampton Beach vacation rentals to realize that this salt-washed town on the Atlantic Ocean was built for the warmer months of the year. The whole season starts in June, when vacationers flock to cool off in the shore waters and spend the long, warm days sunbathing and swimming. The fun usually lasts all the way through to mid-September, which is when almost 150,000 revelers and foodies descend on Ocean Boulevard to enjoy the town's raucous – and tasty – Seafood Festival.

Surveying the Atlantic in Hampton Beach

Both sides of Hampton Beach offer something totally different. There's the popular side of town: Along Ocean Boulevard and the Hampton Beach State Park. There, the land slopes into the whale-spotted Atlantic, bubbling up in grass-topped dunes and dotted with whitewashed beach cabanas. And then there's the western side of town, which has winding rivers and creeks and wetlands, and also hosts some truly secluded beachfronts. It's also the launching point for most whale watching trips, fishing tours, and excursions to the rocky Isles of Shoals.