Salisbury Beach – State Reservation Road, Salisbury MA
Salisbury Beach is Hampton Beach’s next-door neighbor to the south. It’s “boardwalk” area is much smaller but equally tacky and filled with junk food vendors and arcade games. The beach is accessible at the boardwalk and there is some metered street parking, as well as a pay parking lot. You can also get to the beach through the state park entrance, located down a long road that houses a campground, picnic area, playground and two huge parking lots. If you’re not camping, you can bypass the long camper check-in line on the right side of the entrance.
The sand is coarse and brown just like at Hampton, and the waves can get rough as it faces the open ocean. Rip currents are also possible here. There weren’t many seashells to speak of so my child collected handfuls of mud instead, then hurled them at birds. I felt nervous about the waves here, and kept calling her onto the sand.
Season: Memorial Day through Labor Day
Parking Fee: Summer season $7 per vehicle
Other facilities: Outside showers
Off-season: I did not see a porta-potty near either bath house when visiting in May, so I had to drive15 harrowing minutes up to Hampton Beach to find a bathroom.