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7 of the Best Beaches in Maine

beaches in maineWarm and sunny beaches may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the country’s northernmost state, but even we are not exempt from cozy summers spent sprawled in the sand. Known for its rocky coastline, Maine is also bordered by powdery beaches lapping with gentle waves, most of which are within a short travel distance of York. Beaches in Maine provide some of the most relaxing, scenic spots in New England! Spend this summer on the beaches in Maine, and you won’t want to leave.

7 of the Best Beaches in Maine

1. Crescent Beach State Park: Along the shores of the picturesque Cape Elizabeth is Crescent Beach, which literally lives up to its name as it is in the shape of the crescent moon. Opened in 1966, the park has become a favorite of many young families and provides its visitors with lifeguards, a snack bar, shady picnic areas, and restrooms. The gentle surf makes it a great place for relaxation and walking along the beach. While visiting, you’ll most likely catch sight of many watchable wildlife and kayakers.

2. Ogunquit Beach: Located only 20 minutes from Dockside Guest Quarters, this coastal attraction is full of action. When the tide recedes, the 3.5 mile long beach becomes exposed and stretches far out into the sea, leaving many sandbars, tide pools, and shallow waters for visitors to play in. When the tide returns, however, the current can be quite strong so guests are encouraged to check tidal charts before their visit. It’s a very popular stretch of sand that leaves plenty of room for everyone to soak up the sun.

3. Old Orchard Beach: Although it is one of the most crowded beaches, it is also one of the most popular beaches in Maine. Not only is this 7 mile stretch of sand met by calm waves, but it is the home of the only beachside amusement park in New England. How can you pass up a chance of working on your tan, eating fried dough and french fries, and riding a ferris wheel overlooking the ocean all in one day? The nightlife is also very healthy at this beach with plenty of nightclubs, fireworks, and concerts.

4. York, Maine Beaches: York is home to a few of the most beautiful beaches in Maine, and they are well worth a visit. Long Sands Beach is a 2 mile stretch of sand and good surf. Even in the off-seasons, this beach is populated by surfers and those looking for a scenic early morning stroll. Short Sands Beach has so many attractions to visit including Maine’s largest zoo, an amusement park complete with roller coasters and go-carts, and numerous shops all within walking distance of the beach. It’s also a great place to find rare colored sea glass.

5. York Harbor Beach is the smallest of the three, but still just as beautiful. With many nearby shops and restaurants, a scenic cove just a short walk away, and plenty of wheelchair accessible areas, it is a lovely beach to spend an afternoon.

6. Kennebunkport, Maine Beaches: This city is also comprised of several beaches, and they’re some of the most accessible beaches in Maine. Keenebunk Beach, Gooch’s Beach, Middle Beach, Colony Beach, Goose Rocks Beach, and Cleaves Cove Beach all sit side by side and provide a wide stretch of shore complete with a wide variety of sand and playgrounds for the kids. Sand dollar hunting is a popular activity here and the nearby town holds plenty of activities to do afterward.

7. Acadia National Park Sand Beach: This beach may be only 290 yards long, but its uniqueness demands attention from many tourists. The sand is made of shell fragments that have been created by the pounding surf, making for a very interesting (yet not uncomfortable) walk along the beach. The view that surrounds it is breathtaking, and in addition to visiting the beach, guests also have the option to follow a nearby hiking trail that leads to the cliffsides of Great Head. If you want something out of the ordinary, this is definitely the beach to visit.

Rejuvenate at Dockside Guest Quarters

After your Maine beach hopping experience, come back to Dockside Guest Quarters & Restaurant where you will find pure comfort and uninterrupted relaxation. Our Bed and Breakfast right on Maine’s coast has provided over sixty years of hospitality, and we would love to extend our hospitality to you. Check out our inviting accommodations and start planning your summer vacation in Maine today!