Jenness State Beach

42.985876, -70.762665
2280 Ocean Blvd
Rye, NH 03870
(603) 227-8717
(603) 227-8700 (Events/Groups)
Rockingham County

Jenness State Beach is a small beach located along Route 1A in Rye, New Hampshire. With meter parking for 67 cars (accepting credit and debit cards) and limited on-street parking, Jenness State Beach is a family friendly location where the parking lot fills up early and fast on weekends. The short walk to the beach or bathhouse which, includes changing rooms and showers, helps make this beach a favorite with families. The beach itself has soft sand near the parking area, but closer to the water the sand is hard-packed with scattered rocks and a gradual slope into the water. Space on the beach will vary depending on the tide.  

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Hours Of Operation

April 1 – November 2, 8am - Midnight

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Pay and Display Parking $2 per hour 5/1 – 9/30; $1 per hour 10/1 – 10/31, 4/1-4/30
8am - midnight                                         

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Life Guard Schedule

May 24 – August 23, 10am – 5pm daily

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Not allowed without permit.

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Jenness Beach is a carry in/carry out beach with a general store located across the street from the beach.

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Dunes Motor Inn is located across the street and there are numerous hotels/motels within driving distance.

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Dogs are not allowed, 9am-7pm from Saturday before Memorial Day until Saturday following Labor Day. All other times dogs are welcome.

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Picnic Area

No picnic tables, but plenty of space on the beach or concrete wall to sit and picnic.

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Public Transportation


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Restrooms / Showers

Restrooms are on-site and easily accessible with an outdoor shower for rinsing.

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Surfing/Kayaking/Paddle Boarding

Surfing is allowed in designated zones, although it is difficult at times during summer months when the beach is crowded.

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Walking Trails


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Water Quality

Monitored and posted on-site during swim season. For more information please call (603) 271-0698 or (603) 271-3414. Jenness State Beach Water Quality Report

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