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What's your favorite Northeast / New England beach town?

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I'm planning a summer trip for me, my husband, and our two toddler boys (so a family-friendly town is obviously important!). We lives a few miles from Long Beach Island in New Jersey, so we want to steer clear of NJ beaches since they're a little too close to home to feel like we're on vacation. And because it's so easy to visit LBI, we've never been to Rehoboth, Nantucket, Kennebunkport, Cape Cod....it's all new to us!

So what's your favorite beach along the Northeast and New England coastline? We prefer vibrant, fun beach towns (boardwalks, outdoor dining, guarded beaches). Any recommendations?

Thanks! :)

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