Whether you’re more into relaxing on the shore or hitting the waves, there’s a beach town for everyone.
If your favorite summertime memories include hitting the shore, just imagine what it would be like to live minutes away from the beach.
These coastal Connecticut towns are home to miles of amazing beaches. Whether you’re picturing weekends with friends and families on the sand or catching a wave before work, there’s no doubt you’ll find the perfect beach — and town — to match your vibe. Start here.
Norwalk families love to take advantage of all the activities at Calf Pasture Beach. There’s plenty of sand for sunbathing and waterfront picnicking. Swim in the calm waters or bring kids to jump around in the nearby splash pad. And when you need a break from the water? There’s a playground plus volleyball courts, a skate park, and basketball courts adjacent.
We also love the sailing school at Calf Pasture Beach. Also popular: community events, like free concerts and car shows, are also held near the beach. And when you get hungry, head to the local favorite Ripka’s for classic beach eats.
Fairfield locals head to Jennings Beach when they want vacation vibes without leaving town. This spot can get busy in the summer but that just makes it feel even more like a destination beach. And since it’s the largest beach in town, you won’t have too much trouble finding a spot to set up on the sand.
With a snack stand, volleyball courts, and lifeguard stations, you’ll have everything you need for a perfect beach day. Jennings Beach also hosts family movie nights and bonfires plus locals know this is one of the best spots around for 4th of July firework viewing.
Westport is one of the Gold Coast’s most affluent towns and residents spend lots of time on the water. Local sailors especially love Compo Beach since it’s home to Ned Dimes Marina. This is a laid-back beach perfect for picnics and evening strolls (just wait until you see your first Compo Beach sunset). There’s even a huge playground for littles. And if you have older kids, they’ll love hanging out at the nearby skatepark or basketball courts.
Sherwood Island State Park is home to another amazing Westport beach. Fun fact, this was Connecticut’s first state park. This spot is known for its calm waters so it’s especially popular with young families.
Besides swimming, residents love to spend beach days flying kites or checking out the exhibits at the on-site nature center. The vibe here is still very relaxed and there are plenty of shaded spots in the picnic grove for a BBQ. There’s even a concession stand if anyone in your crew wants to grab some snacks.
If you decide to settle in Darien, you’ll have two excellent beaches in town. Weed Beach is the go-to swimming spot for locals. Anyone can buy a day pass but it’s mostly a residents-only beach. There are multiple tennis courts near the shore or you can rent a kayak to get out on the water. And locals know that Weed Beach is the perfect place to spend a fun Friday night. The Beach Grill offers weekend dinner specials and there’s a play area nearby. Check it out while you’re exploring the town to get a head start on meeting your new neighbors.
Pear Tree Point Beach is Darien’s other top-notch beach spot. If your vibe is more about sailing, this is the beach for you. There’s a boat launch and a few boat clubs nearby. Even if you’re just relaxing on the shore, your view will mostly include sailboats (how peaceful is that). With BBQ grills and a gazebo, this beach is also a popular spot for summer birthday parties.
Living in Greenwich might feel like you’re on a permanent staycation — especially in the summer. This ‘burb draws weekenders from NYC but if you settle here, you’ll get to enjoy the town’s beaches anytime you want.
People looking for a more “active” beach vibe will love Greenwich Point Park. This part of town includes tons of trails and Tod’s Point is especially popular with hikers, bikers, and swimmers. Greenwich Point Park also features the Old Greenwich Yacht Club, fishing areas, windsurfing spots, and multiple concession stands with picnic tables nearby. Have a four-legged family member? On-leash pups are also welcome to enjoy Greenwich Point Park.
This 30-acre park has everything you need for an amazing day in the sun. There’s the community pool and splash pad plus the sandy beach for swimming and sunbathing. If you like getting out on the water, there’s a local boat club and boat launch at this beach. The park also has a clambake area, grills, and picnic tables. (Already picturing your next summer BBQ?)
And for days when you just want to work out with a view? This park also features tennis courts and a scenic walking trail.
Roger Sherman Baldwin Park is the place in Greenwich for summer events. Outdoor concerts, car shows, and other community festivals are held on the huge grassy lawn. When there’s not an event scheduled, locals head here for a peaceful picnic or evening stroll.
During the summer, locals can also catch the ferry from Roger Sherman Baldwin Park to Great Captain Island or Island Beach. Island Beach offers a summer getaway vibe with plenty of sand for sunbathing plus swimming and boating areas. Bring some picnic supplies or stock up at the snack bar if you want to make a full day of it. Great Captain Island is the place to go when you’re in the mood for a peaceful afternoon in nature. Since this area has been well preserved, you might get to see herons, osprey, or egrets as you stroll along the waterfront trails.
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