7 Underrated But Beautiful New England Coastal Towns

Rye, New Hampshire

Beautiful Wallis Sands State Beach anchors Rye's 8-mile Atlantic shoreline for swimming and sunbathing. Rye Harbour State Park, known as Ragged Neck, has a rocky beach and grassy picnic spaces.

Little Compton, Rhode Island

Nestled on the Sakonnet Peninsula, Little Compton beckons with its serene ambiance and scenic vistas, particularly at South Shore Beach and the adjacent Goosewing Beach Preserve.

Milbridge, Maine

In Maine's rugged beauty, Milbridge offers a peaceful seaside respite with McClellan Park's picnic areas and bay vistas. The Milbridge Historical Society & Museum showcases its shipbuilding history.

New Shoreham, Rhode Island

Known for its unspoiled beaches, New Shoreham beckons visitors to Crescent Beach and Mansion Beach on Block Island, both renowned for their pristine sands and clear waters.

Stonington, Connecticut

Tourists visit Stonington for its history and beaches. The Stonington Lighthouse Museum showcases the town's naval history, while Saltwater Farm Vineyard offers wine samples in a beautiful vineyard.

Edgartown, Massachusetts

A peaceful alternative to tourist hotspots is Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard. The Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge features many ecosystems including the 1800s Cape Poge Lighthouse, which offers stunning views.

Lubec, Maine

Lubec, northeastern Maine, attracts tourists with its natural beauty and history. West Quoddy Head Light, Maine's easternmost lighthouse, lies in Quoddy Head State Park, and the Lubec Historical Society & Museum showcases the town's maritime and industrial history.