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Old 07-31-2017, 07:04 AM
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As I've traveled around compact New England and beyond this summer, something I've noticed is that each state has different names for its coastal regions. Here are some of them:

Maine: Down East, Southern Coast, Mid-Coast
New Hampshire: Seacoast
Massachusetts: North Shore/South Shore/South Coast/Cape Cod
Rhode Island: South County
Connecticut: Shoreline
Long Island, New York: North Shore/South Shore/North Fork/South Fork/Hamptons
New Jersey: Shore

What I find interesting is that even though these places are close to each other, the names rarely repeat. Some variation on "shore" is most common, but the only true duplicate names are North Shore and South Shore, which exist both on Long Island and in Massachusetts. (On Long Island they refer to the north and south coasts of the island, while in Massachusetts they refer to the areas' respective relationships to Boston.)

I think what sparked my interest in this was a sign on I-95 in Connecticut near the Rhode Island border, directing drivers to the "RI Shoreline." Clearly this was posted by state highway planners who didn't realize that "Shoreline" is just a Connecticut term; right over the border, the sign would say "South County" or just "beaches," as I believe most similar signs in Rhode Island do in fact say.

Notice the only area I skipped was Westchester County, New York and the Bronx's waterfront along Long Island Sound. I'm not aware of any name for that at all.

What are some names for other coastal areas around the country?
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Old 07-31-2017, 11:23 AM
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Delaware: The Delaware Beaches is the primary name and most common, but the Cape Region is an alternative.
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