In the summer, it can be downright impossible to find a beautiful beach near the city with a nice breeze and barely anyone there. Instead of turning to a bustling Long Island shore for a taste of the sea, consider these nine easy car-free beach getaways, from Southport to Cape Elizabeth.

 

Bristol, Rhode Island
Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Far Rockaway, New York
Kennebunkport, Maine
Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts
Nantucket, Massachusetts
Old Saybrook, Connecticut
Southport, Connecticut
Spring Lake, New Jersey

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