Life on the Seacoast

New Hampshire’s 13 miles of coastline are dotted with rocky beaches, lobster shacks, a packed boardwalk and seaside homes.

For this month-long series, reporter Jason Moon ventures up and down our coast to explore the personalities, places and issues that shape the region.

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At thirteen miles in length, New Hampshire has the shortest coastline of any US state (excluding those with no coast at all). But what it lacks in distance, it makes up for in vibrancy. As part of our series Life on the Seacoast, I traveled the full length of NH's coast, along Highway Route 1, stopping each mile to document the happenings and the habitats on the way.

Click here to view the photo essay in its entirety.

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Of all the public parks and beaches on New Hampshire’s seacoast, Odiorne Point State Park in Rye may have the most complicated history. For our month-long series Life on the Seacoast, NHPR’s Jason Moon reports on how a world war created a state park.

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Despite being only 13 miles long, New Hampshire’s coastline has a variety of beaches on offer during the summer, each with its own distinct atmosphere.

As a part of our Life on the Seacoast series, NHPR’s Jason Moon is bringing us audio postcards from those beaches.

This week, we hear the sounds of Wallis Sands State Beach in Rye.

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Surf’s up, boards out. It’s still summer, and there’s still time to get out on the water. On the New Hampshire seacoast, paddleboard yoga is an up-and-coming summer sport.

It was 6:30 on a recent Tuesday night. Seabrook Harbor at sunset. Motorcycles on the strip, planes overhead, and a crew of women, doing yoga on paddleboards. I was one of them, out on the water in downward dog, bobbing in the waves.

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Despite being only 13 miles long, New Hampshire’s coastline has a variety of beaches on offer during the summer, each with its own distinct atmosphere.

As a part of our Life on the Seacoast series, NHPR’s Jason Moon is bringing us audio postcards from those beaches.

This week, we hear the sounds of Hampton Beach.

 

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For New Hampshire’s Seacoast, it’s no secret that climate change and the resulting rise in sea-level rise is one of the biggest challenges facing the region. But while the threat is well known, the ways Seacoast communities are preparing for it aren’t always what you’d expect. NHPR’s Jason Moon reports for our month-long series Life on the Seacoast.

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Despite being only 13 miles long, New Hampshire’s coastline has a variety of beaches on offer during the summer, each with its own distinct atmosphere.

As a part of our Life on the Seacoast series, NHPR’s Jason Moon is bringing us audio postcards from those beaches.

This week, we hear the sounds of Jenness State Beach in Rye.

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For over 15 years, a full-size backyard croquet court in Rye has attracted attention as one of the Seacoast’s roadside oddities. For our series Life on the Seacoast, NHPR’s Jason Moon reports on how it got there.

When you stand in the middle of Jim McLaughlin’s croquet court in Rye and look out at Route 1A, you can watch the people in passing cars turn their heads as they try to figure out just what they’re looking at.

Despite being only 13 miles long, New Hampshire’s coastline has a variety of beaches on offer during the summer, each with its own distinct atmosphere.

As a part of our Life on the Seacoast series, NHPR’s Jason Moon is bringing us audio postcards from those beaches.

This week, we hear the sounds of Great Island Common in Newcastle.

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Most knew her as the “Shooting Gallery Lady.”

Elizabeth Moreau, a Hampton Beach icon, died of a stroke on Monday night after nearly forty years on the boardwalk. In the days since, there has been an outpouring of response on social media. People have flooded the Hampton Beach Facebook page with pictures and memories of Elizabeth and the gallery.

At the beginning of this year's summer season, Elizabeth and her husband, Robert, shared their story with NHPR.