Mention the beach, in Westport, and everyone knows you're referring to Compo Beach. During the Revolutionary War, it was where the British landed, as they prepared to march on Danbury. In 1920, it was where F. Scott and Zelda chose to enjoy their summer. Today, it is where Westporter's go to enjoy the sand and surf of Long Island Sound, to picnic or explore the playground, to try out the skate park or the ballfields, to windsurf or launch their boats. But, Compo is not the only beach in Westport.
Just up the road, you will find Old Mill Beach. Old Mill Beach is open to the public, but, in-season parking is restricted to local residents. If you need a place to rest, after enjoying a walk along Hillspoint Road, there are benches, from which you can enjoy the scenery. However, swimming is at your own risk. There are no lifeguards, on this stretch of beach.
Just off of I-95, exit 18, you will find Connecticut's oldest state park, Sherwood Island State Park is open to the public, but charges a daily fee for parking, from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The park encompasses one and a half miles of beach. There are also fishing areas, picnic grounds and a concession stand.
Perhaps, the least known beach in Westport, is Burying Hill Beach.
The beach is in the Greens Farms section, of Westport. Access to the beach is down a narrow, inconspicuous road, situated along a salt marsh.
Burying Hill Beach offers a quiet spot, away from the hustle and bustle, usually associated with the beach. The beach is small, but there is a lifeguard, on duty, in season.
Burying Hill offers a tranquil spot to picnic, observe the wildlife, and enjoy the scenery. Adjacent to the seawall, there is also a wonderful pebbly beach, to explore.
Who knows, you may even be able to catch a couple of the local crabs (crusteans, that is.)
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