With hundreds of miles of shoreline lining its southern border, the State of Connecticut provides its visitors an abundance of opportunities to soak up the sand, sun, and surf. There are numerous beaches to enjoy and they come in many different shapes and sizes. Long stretches of pristine coastline buffered by the Long Island Sound provide many quiet escapes, while the uninhibited Atlantic Ocean to the east offers a host of more traditional beach experiences. From large beach towns to undeveloped secludes, the beaches of Connecticut offer something for everyone.
Beaches of Branford, CT
- Stony Creek Beach, Thimble Island Road: Small beach with separate parking for residents and non-residents. Adjacent lawn area with benches.
Beaches of Bridgeport, CT
- Seaside Park Beach, Park Avenue: part of an extensive municipal park with bath houses, picnic areas, ball fields, and hiking trails.
Beaches of Clinton, CT
- Clinton Town Beach, Waterside Lane: Food concessions, pavilion for picnic lunches, and views of Long Island Sound.
Beaches of Darien, CT
- Weed Beach, Nearwater Lane: Bathing area, picnic areas, tennis courts, bathhouse, and concession stand.
Beaches of East Lyme, CT
- Attawan Beach
Beaches of Fairfield, CT
- Jennings Beach, 880 South Benson Road: Concession stand, bathroom facilities, volleyball poles, sailboat racks. There is a fee for vehicles without sticker.
- Penfield Beach, Fairfield Beach Road: Large parking lot (fee), swing sets, charcoal grills for visitor use.
- Sasco Beach, 1401 Sasco Hill Road
- South Pine Creek Beach, 1424 South Pine Creek Road: Public restrooms, sticker required for parking.
- Southport Beach, 1505 Pequot Ave: Lifeguards, concession stand. Parking sticker required.
Beaches of Greenwich, CT
- Island Beach, 100 Arch St: Lifeguards, picnic pavilion, grills, snack bar, dressing rooms, and restrooms.
Beaches of Groton, CT
- Bluff Point Beach, Depot Road: Part of Bluff Point State Park, famous for its mountain biking.
- Esker Point Beach, 936 Groton Long Point Rd: No cars allowed. Food, drink, restrooms, showers.
Beaches of Guilford, CT
- Jacobs Beach, Seaside Ave: Parking lot, picnic tables, beach volleyball court.
Beaches of Madison, CT
- Hammonasset Beach, 1288 Boston Post Road: Bathrooms, boardwalk, nature center, picnic tables, showers. Parking (resident and non resident fee applies).
Beaches of Milford, CT
- Gulf Beach, Gulf Street (Take exit 39A off I-95): Admission fee.
- Silver Sands Beach, 379 Meadowside Rd.
- Walnut Beach, 113 East Broadway: Ample parking, but non-residents must park in designated area located in back of main parking lot.
Beaches of New London, CT
- Ocean Beach Park: Rated one of the area’s top beaches by National Geographic. A half-mile long pristine “sugar-sand” beach with boardwalk attractions including an amusement park, mini-golf, and an Olympic-sized pool with a waterslide.
Beaches of Norwalk, CT
- Calf Pasture Beach, Calf Pasture Beach Road: One of the largest beaches on Connecticut’s “Gold Coast.” Visitors may park at the beach parking lot for a fee or park a half-mile away at the Mar vin Elementary School for free.
Beaches of Old Lyme, CT
- Hawk’s Nest Beach, West End Drive
- Sound View Beach, 39 Hartford Ave: Limited parking. Shops and eating establishments within walking distance.
Beaches of Old Saybrook, CT
- Harvey’s Beach, Route 154: Small, shallow-water beach.Bathhouse with showers.
Beaches of Stratford, CT
- Long Beach, Oak Bluff Drive: No food concessions or restroom facilities.
- Short Beach, Dorne Drive: Adjacent to a large park area with mini-golf and basketball courts.
Beaches of Waterford, CT
- Pleasure Beach, 55 New Shore Rd: Members-only private beach owned and managed by the Waterford Association.
Beaches of West Haven, CT
- Bradley Point Beach, 420 Captain Thomas Blvd: Small sandy beach with three beach volleyball courts. Limited portable restroom facilities.
- Morse Beach, 150 Beach St.
- Oak Street Beach, Oak St.: Includes a pier with night lights. Music played four nights a week during the summer season.
- Sandy Point Beach, Beach St.
Beaches of Westport, CT
- Compo Beach, 60 Compo Beach Road: Part of a 29-acre park. Includes pavilion, boardwalk, concession stand, volleyball courts, bathroom facilities, and lockers. Daily fee applies.