New Hampshire Seacoast Communities
Beginning at Portsmouth to the north and stretching 17 miles south to the town of Seabrook, the New Hampshire Seacoast has many personalities along the way. The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard originally built sailing ships for the Colonial Navy; they now refurbish US Navy nuclear submarines. Settled in 1623, Portsmouth lays claim to being the third oldest city in the United States and is steeped in history dating to well before the American Revolution of 1776. Portsmouth is also a working sea port town and home to the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, the nation’s oldest shipyard. John Paul Jones' ship the Ranger was built here in 1777.
Follow Route 1A/Ocean Boulevard down the New Hampshire coastline and you’ll pass through Wallis Sands, Rye North Beach, Rye Beach, Hampton, finally arriving at Seabrook beach. Go any further and you’re in Massachusetts. In fact New Hampshire’s 17 miles of coastline is the shortest of any of the US coastal states. It’s a beautiful drive, albeit a short one.