I am staying at the Hampton Inn Portsmouth Central next Thurs-Sun. Are there public tennis courts near by? Private ones? Where can I go to enjoy a sandy ocean beach?
There aren't any sandy ocean beaches in Portsmouth proper.
There is a sandy beach at Great Common Island in New Castle, the next town (south) to Portsmouth. It's a state park on the mouth of the Piscataqua River. Lovely place.
If that doesn't suit, you could continue south on Rte 1A for a bit and stop at the (free) beach in Rye. You'll see all sorts of cars parked at the side of the road, with wood ramps up the breakwater. This is the beach I usually go to. The only down sides are there aren't any rest facilities, and there isn't much beach when the tide is high. So consult a tide table before you visit this one.
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