Jenness State Beach, Rye Beach

#5 of 10 in Beaches in New Hampshire
Jenness State Beach is a small state park located on the Atlantic Ocean in the town of Rye, New Hampshire. The park offers swimming at a sandy beach with a bathhouse and picnicking. The parking lot can accommodate 67 cars.
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  • Today was the first time we stopped here. Strolled the beach for awhile and watched the surfers enjoying the water.  more »
  • We are regulars to this very fine beach. Quite the popular destination in summer, and for good reason. Very limited metered parking right at the beach (which keeps the beach uncrowded), with clean...  more »
  • New Hampshire’s mere 18 miles of coastline means that saltwater beaching in the Granite State is limited. The picturesque town of Rye, sandwiched between the honky-tonk of Hampton and the crunchy/foodie vibe of Portsmouth, hogs most of the opportunity. But to great effect: The town’s main beach, Jenness, offers easy walk-on, walk-off access to all the beach essentials—a mini-mart, a surf shop, whose staff can be spotted catching waves early morning or as the sun sets, and lots of options for harbor side drinks and snacks when the sun begins to fade.
  • Good beach itself, but I wish more was done about the surfers. There is a section of the beach for swimmers, and section for surfers, and the surfers keep getting into the non-surfing territory. If there is no life guard, forget it, you won't be able to swim without risking being hit by a surf board.

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