Located between Sea Road (arguably the most beautiful tree-lined road in the Rye Beach precinct) and Jenness Beach, lies Sawyer’s Beach. Owned by the town of Rye, you require a special resident sticker on your car for parking along Route 1A. You won’t be able to see the ocean from the road, because of the large barrier of rocks, but you can find beach access either along wooden planks laid atop the rocks in season, and a path next to the (old) Rye Beach Club. You won’t find a sign for the Beach Club, but you’ll know it by supreme location at the sharp turn in Route 1A and classic beach white wood. Don’t head to Sawyer’s for the bathrooms. There are none. No snack bar either. But there’s also no crowd. Which can be a beautiful thing.
Bonus: Look at swans across street on Eel Pond (but don’t get your iPhone too close– they’re temperamental.