Sunrise at Hampton Beach in New Hampshire is my quiet time to walk along the beach. My toes sink into the cool sand as the horizon fills with golden sunlight that races toward me along the water’s surface, and the hypnotic sound of the Atlantic Ocean awakens my senses. Every fiber of my being soaks up the warm sunlight as I walk along this stretch of sand—a slice of the state’s 18 miles of rocky coastline and one of the most popular summertime destinations in New England. But I know this peaceful interlude will soon be swept away by a swarm of fellow tourists.
When it’s peak season at Hampton Beach—from Memorial Day to Labor Day—you need to get out on the beach early in the morning if you want to experience the quiet side of this wildly popular New Hampshire beach town. As fast as the sun rises, thousands of sun-worshipers pour onto the beach from landlocked locations in New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, and beyond. Meaning, despite the variety of lodging options, properties book up quickly—so be sure to make your reservations early.
Whether you’re looking for something classic, like the historic Ashworth by the Sea, or a quaint bed and breakfast, you’ll find what you’re looking for in these eight Hampton Beach hotels.