East coast beach road trip

Best East Coast Beach Road Trips!

The sunshine of summer has finally graced us! After a brutally cold winter, and a rainy spring, it’s finally time to enjoy that warm weather. One way to take advantage of the sun-filled days is to take a trip to the beach. Unfortunately, not all of us are lucky enough to live ocean-side. Road trips are the solution! These are some of our favorite beach destinations on the East Coast. Happy beaching!


Bethany Beach, Delaware

This beach destination is much quieter and relaxed than some of the other big beach destinations. It offers a cute beach town that hasn’t been spoiled by overdevelopment. It’s family friendly and spotted with cute boutiques and seafood restaurants. And there are miles and miles of sprawling beach where you can play in the water, go stand up paddle boarding, or even surf. This is an ideal destination for the beachgoer who doesn’t care for crowds.

Our Recommendations:

After strolling along the boardwalk, check out the free live music! Each weekend from Memorial Day to Labor Day, there is a free concert on the beach. Kick back and relax to some jams.

Distance from our MA Office: 6 Hours and 45 min

Distance from CT: 5 Hours

Distance from NJ: 3 Hours and 15 Min


Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

This New England getaway is popular amongst the locals and celebrities alike. Though it’s just a short ferry ride off the coast of Massachusetts, it feels like a faraway escape. The island has everything from small boutique shops, to restaurants, yacht cruises, fishing, kayaking, and all the other beach activities. And the best form of transportation around Edgartown is by bike! There is something for the whole family on Martha’s Vineyard.

Our Recommendations:

Head over to the Aquinnah Cliffs for a picturesque view of colorful Cliffs bleeding into the Ocean. Gay Head lighthouse is nearby too, another must-see. For a unique activity, consider visiting the Island Alpaca Company. Yup, there’s an alpaca farm on the island – home to 72 alpacas!


Distance from our MA Office: 3 Hours and 30 Min

Distance from CT: 4 Hours

Distance from NJ: 6 Hours and 20 Min


Newport, Rhode Island

Newport embodies all things New England in a small Rhode Island town. There’s a small downtown to fulfill any shopping or restaurant cravings. There’s a plethora of beaches ready to be enjoyed. The famous Cliff Walk extends along the shore, giving a great view of the mansions, nature, and the water. If you want something more off the beaten path then you can explore the surrounding towns, which have more local beaches for your beaching pleasure.

Our Recommendations:

Newport has the quintessential New England feel with a beautiful downtown area.  Go shopping, stroll around, or eat some delicious seafood!  Newport also boasts a beautiful Cliff Walk.  Stretching the length of the beach, the Cliff Walk has stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean.  The path is surrounded by incredible mansions.  You’ll be gawking at these monstrous residences.


Distance from our MA Office: 2 Hours and 30 Min

Distance from CT: 2 Hours and 15 Min

Distance from NJ: 4 Hours and 40 Min



East Hampton, Long Island, NY

The Hamptons are a classic getaway for New Yorkers. Why not live like the rich and famous for a time, and spend some time in the Hamptons. It’s easy to see why this is such a popular destination – white sand beaches, shopping galore, and lobster dinners. Of course, you don’t need to shell out all your hard-earned cash to enjoy time in the Hamptons.

Our Recommendations:

Hit up the Laundry for some exquisite East Hampton food. This place has been raved about by A-listers and locals. The changing menu reflects the freshness and flavor of the seafood in the Hamptons. We also suggest checking out the Long Island Winery Tour and the Montauk Lighthouse. There’s no shortage of activities in the Hamptons!


Distance from our MA Office: 4 Hours and 20 Min

Distance from CT: 3 Hours and 30 Min

Distance from NJ: 3 Hours and 45 Min


Cape May, New Jersey

Located at the Southern Tip of the Jersey Shore, Cape May is dotted with Bed & Breakfasts and quaint Victorian abodes. This charming little town is a stark contrast from the bustle of the other Jersey Shore beaches. The town has even been declared a National Historic Landmark!

Our Recommendations:

Book at stay at Congress Hall. It’s luxurious accommodation and beachside location will be sure to wow. Be sure to stroll around the Washington Square Mall for shopping and novelty finds.   Also pack up some food and have a picnic on the beach! There’s no better way to spend some quality tie with friends and family. Cape May Point Lighthouse is another attraction worth checking out!


Distance from our MA Office: 5 Hours and 20 Min

Distance from CT: 4 Hours

Distance from NJ: 1 Hour and 45 Min


Long Beach Island, New Jersey (LBI)

With 17 miles of sandy beach, your beach excursion is bound to be serene. LBI does not lack adequate beach space for tourists. This quiet beach destination will feel like a private paradise.

Our Recommendations:

Beach Haven is a town that will give you old-time vibes. It’s complete with an old-school ice cream truck! Rent, or bring, a bike and pedal your way around the island. Participate in kayaking, paddle boarding, windsurfing, or another water sport you wouldn’t normally do! Also check out the Viking Village, an old fishing village that’s been transformed into a shopping area with a variety of eclectic stores.


Distance from our MA Office: 4 Hours and 30 Min

Distance from CT: 3 Hours and 25 Min

Distance from NJ: 1 Hour



Before you leave for your beach vacation, make sure your car is able tackle the journey.  Especially in the heat, long trips can take a toll on your car.  We’ve created a handy guide to help you prep your car before you leave.  And, don’t forget to double check your auto insurance policy before departing!  Just in case you run into any issues or get into an accident, a car insurance policy can help protect you.  Give your insurance agent a call to confirm you have adequate coverage for your summer adventure!  Be safe and have a fun beach trip!


You can call an Encharter agent to talk about a car insurance policy for upcoming road trips!  Reach us at 888.754.8299.  We’re here to help!


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