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Burying Hill Beach

Western Connecticut, Connecticut

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  • The beginning of the canal that leads you from the entrance to the beach and connects with the Long Island Sound.- Burying Hill Beach
  • Calm, low tide waters by the jetty on the Long Island Sound side.- Burying Hill Beach
  • Bathrooms and changing rooms located inside.- Burying Hill Beach
  • Gentle current at sunset on the Long Island Sound.- Burying Hill Beach
  • Two showers to wash off after you go for a swim.- Burying Hill Beach
  • Sunsetting at low tide.- Burying Hill Beach
  • The canal side at sunset with a jetty and small island in the horizon.- Burying Hill Beach
  • The 2.4-acre park includes picnic areas with several barbecue grill areas.- Burying Hill Beach
  • Areas of the sand are less rocky. Shells are all over the beach.- Burying Hill Beach
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Pros: 
Amazing sunsets. Few people. Wildlife.
Cons: 
Fees. No dogs. Rocky sand.
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Region:
Western Connecticut, CT
Congestion: 
Low
Location type: 
Sandy beach
Pebbly beach
Rocky shore
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Current Local Weather:
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A mere 50 miles from Manhattan is Burying Hill Beach, a surprisingly beautiful 2.4-acre park in the seaside town of Westport Connecticut, an affluent New England suburb in southern Connecticut.  

What makes Connecticut’s coastline unique is the Long Island sound, a tidal estuary of the Atlantic Ocean that separates the south shore of Long Island and the coast of Connecticut.  The water is brackish, which means it contains a mixture of salt and fresh water. While the water is considerably more salty than a fresh water lake, the current can be just as still. Once you get 10 to 15 feet past the coastline during high tide, the water gets deep and the rocks disappear.

Sunsets are remarkable from the Connecticut shores.  The calm, reflective water acts a mirror for the colorful and complex northeastern skies, at times making it easy to forget that you’re in Connecticut.

Considering that it can sometimes take up to 2 hours to get to Rockaway Beach from Manhattan on a busy weekend, Connecticut is a great alternative to the more popular sandy destinations close to the city and for residents of the greater Connecticut area. From New York, take Metro North from Grand Central in Manhattan and walk 5 minutes from the Greens Farms stop in Westport to avoid paying day use fees.

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