Connecticut beaches are often passed over for those in neighboring states. New York has the Hamptons, Rhode Island has its surfing beaches, and Massachusetts has Cape Cod. But Connecticut has nearly a hundred miles of coastline, with plenty of sandy beaches dotted across its length. And since the shoreline of Connecticut runs east to west along the Long Island Sound, most of its beaches have calm, swimmable waters.
Any beach in Connecticut that belongs to a city or the state must be public by law – although cities can charge higher parking fees to non-residents. This helps keep Connecticut’s many beaches from getting too crowded and pays for amenities like outdoor showers and changing rooms. Fees aside, the real issue is that there are so many public beaches it can be hard to know which ones to visit.
These 11 options are the best beaches in Connecticut for a New England beach weekend.