New Hampshire only has a small stretch of Atlantic coastline, but it is fortunate to have a large number of beautiful sandy beaches. Its inland lakes also have pleasant sandy beaches that great for swimming and picnicking. Unfortunately, dogs are not welcome on any of them during the summer season and even during the off-season the dogs have to be leashed and are allowed only at certain times. The exception is Sandy Beach on Gilmore Pond, about 3 miles from Jaffrey, where partygoers and dog owners tend to come for some fun on warm days, although strictly speaking both activities are illegal.


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1.Jeness Beach

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Jeness Beach in Rye, New Hampshire, is over a mile of fine golden sand, perfect for swimming and having fun with the whole family. The beach is divided between the small stretch of the state beach in the middle, the parking lot, and city beaches on both sides. While the state beach forbids dogs during the season, they are allowed on city beaches before 9 am and after 7 pm. All dogs should be on leashes that are no more than 6 feet long, and owners have to clean up after their pets. Walking across the state beach is allowed during the off-season, also on a leash.

2280 Ocean Blvd, Rye, NH 03870


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2.Bass Beach

Bass Beach
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Bass Beach is small beach in a pebbled cove between Causeway Road and Central Road in Rye, New Hampshire, that is very popular with surfers and fishermen. A mix of sand and pebbles, the beach is also popular with dog owners. Dogs are allowed on the beach the whole day during the off-season and before 9 am in the morning and after 7 pm in the evening during the summer season. They have to be on a leash, but that does not prevent them from cooling off in the waves and running with their owners along the packed beach. There are no facilities on the beach, so bring water for your dog and pick up any mess.

2633 Ocean Blvd, Rye, NH 03870


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3.Beaches that allow dogs near me: Sandy Beach

Beaches that allow dogs near me: Sandy Beach
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Sandy Beach is one of a few sandy spots on the lovely Gilmore Pond, about 3 miles from Jaffrey, New Hampshire, among the foothills of Mount Monadnock. The 115-acre pond is very popular with fishermen and is clear and deep, great for swimming in the summer. Most of the lake banks are private but Sandy Beach and a few other sandy spots are known as party places on weekends and are great for bringing a dog for a walk. There are no lifeguards and no specific limitations about what times dogs are allowed, so on a nice day you can see a whole bunch of dogs playing together in the cool water.

238 Gilmore Pond Rd, Jaffrey, NH 03452



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4.New Castle Beach

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New Castle is a small coastal New Hampshire town composed solely of islands. It is a lovely residential and touristy area with several wonderful green spaces with beaches and parks. New Castle Beach is located north of Great Island Common, the town’s largest green space. It is snuggled in a small bay and is quite rocky as well as great for hiking. Dogs are allowed on the beach during the off-season between May 15th and September 15th and have to be on a leash. The owners have to make sure their dogs behave and must clean up after them. The fines for not complying are very high.


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4 Best Dog-Friendly Beaches in New Hampshire



Attraction Spotlight: D. W.'s Oceanside Inn

D.W.’s Oceanside Inn is a cozy, elegant hotel located on the shores of Hampton Beach with breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. Overlooking miles of beautiful sandy beaches along New Hampshire’s 18-mile coastline, the historic hotel was built in the early 1900s as a beach home and later renovated into a stylish beachfront hotel.

Today, the Inn features nine charmingly-appointed, individually decorated guest rooms with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms, and modern amenities, and an Oceanfront Condo with a fully equipped kitchen for self-catering purposes. D.W.’s Oceanside Inn is situated in Hampton Beach and within an easy walking distance of several restaurants, bars, and cafés, shops, boutiques, art galleries, and museums, and a short drive from the historic seacoast towns of Portsmouth to the north and Newburyport to the south.

Guest Accommodations

D.W.’s Oceanside Inn features nine gloriously furnished rooms with period décor and authentic 19th-century reproduction furnishings, including hand-screened wallpapers, original last-century paintings, period writing desks, and stately four-poster beds dressed in luxurious linens. All guest rooms and suites are individually decorated and feature king or queen-size pillow-top beds dressed in high-thread-count linens and hypoallergenic pillows, and en-suite bathrooms with walk-in showers, soaking tubs, or combinations of both, cotton towels and bathrobes, and organic bath products.

Modern amenities include air-conditioning, LCD televisions with cable channels, mini-fridges, alarm clocks, hairdryers, irons and ironing boards, telephones with voicemail services, and complimentary wireless Internet. Additional guest services include nightly turn-down service, a self-service bar on the back deck, and beach chairs and towels for guest use. Guest rooms are available in Oceanfront Rooms, Oceanfront 1 Bedroom Suites, and the Sunbeam Cottage.

Oceanfront Rooms offer queen-size beds pillow-top beds dressed in high-thread-count linens and hypoallergenic pillows, and en-suite bathrooms with walk-in showers, soaking tubs, or combinations of both, cotton towels and bathrobes, and organic bath products.

Oceanfront Suites are spacious and bright and feature living rooms with ample seating, fully equipped kitchens with all the appliances necessary for self-catering purposes, and an office with a work desk and chair with complimentary wireless Internet. Bedrooms have queen-size pillow-top beds dressed in high-thread-count linens and hypoallergenic pillows, and en-suite bathrooms with walk-in showers, and soaking tubs, cotton towels and bathrobes, and organic bath products. Oceanfront Suites have one dedicated parking bay for guests.

The Sunbeam Cottage includes a fully equipped kitchen with all the appliances necessary for self-catering purposes, a living room and dining room with table and chairs for up to six guests, and three bedrooms with king or queen-size pillow-top beds dressed in high-thread-count linens and hypoallergenic pillows. Two bathrooms have walk-in showers, and soaking tubs, cotton towels and bathrobes, and organic bath products and an enclosed porch offer beautiful views. The Sunbeam Cottage has two dedicated parking bays for guests.

Dining

The Sunbeam Cottage includes a fully equipped kitchen with all the appliances necessary for self-catering purposes, while guests staying in the guest rooms enjoy a complimentary breakfast in the sunny dining room every morning. Breakfast includes coffee, tea and hot beverages, fresh fruit and juices, cereals, granolas and yogurts, egg dishes, and freshly baked pastries, and bread.

Amenities and Recreation

Amenities atD.W.’s Oceanside Inn include a self-service bar on the back deck, beach chairs and towels for guest use, and a nightly turndown service. The Sunbeam Cottage has a fully equipped kitchen with all the appliances necessary for self-catering purposes, while guests staying in the guest rooms enjoy a complimentary breakfast in the sunny dining room every morning. Things to see and do in the area include several restaurants and bars, coffee shops and cafés, shops and boutiques, art galleries, and museums, and a short drive from the historic seacoast towns of Portsmouth to the north and Newburyport to the south.

Local Attractions

Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, has been a favorite summer vacation destination for visitors for decades with miles of wide sandy beaches lined with arcades, coffee shops, restaurants, and shops. The bustling seaside community offers much to do in the way of attractions and activities, from several beautiful beaches, the Seashell complex with its outdoor amphitheater and visitor center, the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, the Seacoast Science Center, the and the 40-room Wentworth Coolidge Mansion.

365 Ocean Blvd, Hampton, NH 03842, Phone: 603-926-3542

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