Everyone wants to go to major tourist cities like Miami, San Francisco, Paris, and Tokyo, but every now and then it’s nice to visit a quiet tourist destination where the prices are reasonable. That’s what you’ll find upon Hampton Beach in New Hampshire: a gorgeous white sand beach, hotels of every quality and price point, and even a few spas where you can pamper your nails, your hair, or your entire body. For the girl on the go looking for a quiet, domestic weekend getaway, Hampton Beach is a decent option.
Choose a Hotel of Any Description
All along the main beach and over in downtown Hampton, you can find motels, hotels with one to four stars, and even a few bed-and-breakfast inns. There’s even a state park campground if you feel like roughing it or you own an RV. Some of your best options include Lamie’s Inn and the Hampton House Hotel, but if you’re looking for the best deal on the best Hampton Beach hotels, you should check HotelPlanner. If you value your privacy you can also stay at one of the Main Sail cottages.
Spend All Day on Your Tan
The New Hampshire beaches go on for miles both north and south of Hampton Beach. The main beach is the best cared for, but obviously, it also gets the most crowded during tourist season. Whether that’s good or bad depends on what kind of vacation you’re looking for. If you prefer to have some privacy, North Beach is only about a mile away (depending on where you’re staying) and it’s always less crowded. You could also cross the bridge to the south and walk down Seabrook Beach into Massachusetts.
There’s a place right in Hampton Beach called Eccentric Hair where you can get your hair and nails done, plus they offer massages that take between 15 and 90 minutes. But if you have a rental car, you can drive over to US Route 1 and find a dozen different places that offer hair styling, mani-pedis, facials, massages, and full body care. Most places are decent or better, so check out their reviews and pick a spot to pamper yourself all day.
Cruise Down the Original Highway
So technically US-1 isn’t the first American highway, but it was still one of the first and either way, it offers some of the best coastal views in New England. If you flew up to Hampton Beach you probably drove down US-1 from Portsmouth International Airport, so if you want to enjoy the natural beauty and old villages of New Hampshire and Maine, just retrace your route and follow the signs. For the best experience, make sure you rent a convertible and remember that the drive will take up your whole day if you drive to the Canadian border.
You don’t always have to travel overseas or across a continent to get away from it all. Sometimes it’s enough to go to a small ocean-side town like Hampton Beach where you can relax and enjoy the scenery.