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Visit Maine beaches in York, Ogunquit, Old Orchard, and Acadia Park

Maine beaches are glorious, with smooth sand, good waves, and spectacular vistas on all sides. Good beaches that are perfect for a vacation this summer are found from York and Old Orchard and Ogunquit in the south region to the glorious rocky stretches in Acadia National Park, and beyond.

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95 Bayview Road (Route 9) Saco, ME, 04072 Phone: 207-283-0067

Ferry Beach State Park is located off Maine Route 9 on Bay View Road between Old Orchard Beach and Camp Ellis in Saco. This is a sweet little park with sandy beach for swimming. See full description of Ferry Beach State Park.
Facilities: A picnic area, nature trails, guided nature programs, and changing room are available. Dogs are not allowed on the beach from April 1 to September 30.
Hours: Memorial Day to Columbus Day; daily; 9 a.m.-sunset. Visitors may enter the park in the off season by parking outside the gate and walking in. Note that facilities are closed during the off season.

Moody Beach

Ocean Avenue near Bourne Avenue Moody, ME Phone: 207-646-2451

Mile-long beach between Ogunquit and Wells, Maine. Public parking at end of Ocean Avenue. Restrooms. Numerous access points for kayaks and boats. Bourne Avenue in Moody.

Beach Street Ogunquit, ME Phone: 207-646-2939

This long peninsula of sandy beach and grassy dunes stretches for three and a half miles, forming a natural barrier between the Atlantic Ocean from the Ogunquit River. Great for swimming and body surfing in the waves, sunbathing, or walking the wide sands, amid big ocean views. At the south end of the beach there is a large parking lot (fee charged), public restrooms, outside showers, and picnic tables. There is also a hotel, gift shops, snack bar and several restaurants.
The midsection of Ogunquit Beach is known as Footbridge Beach, and is accessed by a footbridge across the Ogunquit River. Lifeguards are on duty in-season. There is ample parking (fee charged), a boat ramp for launching small boats, and restrooms. The far end of Ogunquit Beach is called North Beach, where there is a large parking area (fee) and restrooms.
Near the beach are is the famous Marginal Way coastal walk. You can walk to it from the center of Ogunquit or park at Jackie’s Too Restaurant or at Anchorage by the Sea, at each end of the trail, Click here for a map of Marginal Way (PDF)

Pocahontas Road Kittery, ME Phone: 207-439-2181

Located on Gerrish Island in Kittery Point, Fort Foster offers three small but sandy beaches, an extensive trail system, rest rooms in season, picnic areas, and old military fortifications to explore, and a long pier. Park is handicapped accessible. Scuba diving and small non-motorized water craft allowed in designated area. Fires in grills and fire pits only.
Hours: Open Memorial Day to Labor Day; daily; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Fees: Entrance fee is $10 per car during season or $5 for walk-in or bike rider.
Dogs: Dogs allowed on leash; owners must pick up dog waste.

Kings Hwy. off Route 9 Kennebunkport, ME Phone: 207-967-0857

Goose Rocks Beach has nearly three miles of wide sandy beach. A barrier reef offshore known as Goose Rocks, visible at low tide, helps protect the soft, white sands of the beach. This beach has no lifeguard.
Parking: Parking permits are required (Kennebunk Beach permits cannot be used here) and are available at the Kennebunkport Police Department, Town Hall, Goose Rocks General Store and some accommodations. Call the Kennebunkport Town Hall at 207-967-4243. Fees: Daily, $12; weekly, $50; full season, $100.
Dogs: Dogs are allowed, but only before 8 a.m. and after 6 p.m. from June 15 to September 25. They are allowed on the beach all day the rest of the year. Leash and pick-up laws apply.

Meadow Road (off Route 24) Brunswick, ME, 04011 Phone: 207-725-6009

Beautiful 85-acre park overlooking Maine’s Thomas Bay. Salt water swimming, picnicking, playground, snack bar, gift shop, camping area are all available activities. Home of the Maine Highland Games and Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival.
Hours: daily, 9 a.m.-sunset
Admission: Adults, $4; children under age 12, $2; seniors and kids under age 3, free. Reduced prices after 3 p.m., Sunday through Thursday.

Ocean Avenue (Route 1A) York, MA Phone: 207-363-1040

Family-friendly, sandy, "pocket" beach. Limited shade. Summer evening concerts.
Facilities: Large metered parking area and private lots, restrooms, outside showers, and playground & basketball courts. Handicap accessible, lifeguards, shops & food within walking distance, benches along boardwalk.
Hours: Open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.
Dogs: From May 20 to September 20, no dogs are allowed on the beach from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dogs may be on the beach on a leash from 6 p.m. to sunrise. Dogs may be on the beach unleashed, but under voice control, from sunrise to 8 a.m. Between September 20 and May 20, dogs may be on the beach with owner, under voice control, with leash in hand.

U.S. Route 1A York Beach, ME Phone: 207-363-1040

Very small Maine beach when low tide exposes sandbar and tidal pools. Very limited parking, no facilities, and no shade.
Hours: Open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.
Dogs: Between May 20 and September 20, no dogs are allowed on the beach from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dogs may be on the beach on a leash from 6 p.m. to sunrise. Dogs may be on the beach unleashed, but under voice control, from sunrise to 8 a.m. Between September 20 and May 20, dogs may be on the beach with owner, under voice control, with leash in hand.

end of Willard Street South Portland, ME, 04106 Phone:

Willard Beach is a small sand and pebble beach off the end of Willard Street in a quiet resildentail neighborhood. It is on Simonton Cove, just southward of the campus of Southern Maine Community College. Enjoy views of Cushing Island and Ram Island Light in Casco Bay.
The beach has easy access to Spring Point Shoreway Trail, which leads to Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse at the entrance to Portland Harbor.
Facilities:The bathhouse is open in summer, and has restrooms, a snack bar and showers. There is parking on nearby Willow Street. Dogs are allowed in summer, but only before 9 a.m. and after 7 p.m.

Fortune's Rocks Road Biddeford, ME Phone: 207-284-9307

This two-mile expanse of sandy beach in Biddeford extends along the open ocean from Biddeford Pool to Fortunes Rocks, offering beach-goers lots of room to stretch out, relax, swim and play in the summer sun on a weekend getaway or a family vacation. Wave sports such as surfing, body boarding, and surf kayaking are popular here, and the hard-packed sand is great for walking and jogging. Lifeguards are on duty from late May to early September. There are no facilities at Fortunes Rocks Beach.
Parking: Limited parking is available at the south and north ends of the beach, accessed from Fortunes Rocks Road. Parking is by permit only, available from Biddeford City Hall, City Clerk’s office, 205 Main Street.

U.S. Route 1 York, ME Phone: 207-363-1040

Sheltered, sandy Maine beach nestled against rocky shoreline. Open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Limited parking, handicap accessible, walking trails, lifeguards, restrooms. Between May 20 and September 20, no dogs are allowed on the beach from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dogs may be on the beach on a leash from 6 p.m. to sunrise. Dogs may be on the beach unleashed, but under voice control, from sunrise to 8 a.m. Between September 20 and May 20, dogs may be on the beach with owner, under voice control, with leash in hand.

10 Perkins Farm Lane (Route 209) Popham Beach, ME, 04562 Phone: 207-389-1335

Spacious sand beach is located on the south side of the mouth of the Kennebec River in Maine. Big rollers attract both swimmers and surfers. Swimmers should be wary of strong surf and rip tides and stay near lifeguards. Visitors can walk to Fox Island at low tide. Shell collecting is a popular pastime. Lifeguards on duty during the summer.
Facilities: Bathhouses, freshwater showers, picnic area with charcoal grills, trails.
Fees: $2 to $6

Beach Avenue Kennebunk, ME Phone: 207-967-0857

There’s almost a mile of oceanfront at Maine's Kennebunk Beach, which includes three distinct beaches. All beaches require parking permits. Parking permits for all Kennebunk Beach areas are available at the Kennebunk Chamber of Commerce, Town Hall and Police Department.
Tucked into the rocks south of Lords Point is Mother’s Beach, a sandy pocket beach about 750 feet long. There’s a playground and restrooms; a lifeguard is on duty.
Just to the north is Middle Beach, nearly a quarter-mile of black pebbly beach. A sidewalk extends along the seawall at the road’s edge, which is lined with summer cottages and hotels.
Farther along is the main and most popular beach area called Gooch’s Beach. This is a crescent of fine sand more than 3,300 feet long, perfect for soaking up the sun, swimming in the waves, building sand castles and strolling barefoot in the sand. Lifeguards are on duty in high summer and there are portable toilets nearby.

Off Park Loop Road Mount Desert Island / Bar Harbor, ME Phone: 207-288-3338

Sand Beach in on the east side of the island within Acadia National Park. It is in a gorgeous setting between two large walls of granite and evergreen. The 300-yard beach is composed of sand from shell fragments. The ocean water is a cool 55 degrees F even in summer. Sand Beach is staffed with lifeguards during the summer. Beach is off-limits to pets from June 15 to September 8.
Sand Beach is reached via the Park Loop Road; you will need to have a park entrance pass. It is 5 to 6 miles from downtown Bar Harbor. All about park fees and entrance passes.
A great walking trail begins at the end of the upper parking lot and . The 2-mile Ocean Path follow the rocky shore past Thunder Hole and arrives at Otter Cliff to the south.
The Free Island Explorer Shuttle Bus Service makes regular stops (in season) at Bar Harbor beaches. View the #3 Sand Beach/Blackwoods Route and the #4 Loop Road Route for Sand Beach.

Route 1A York, ME Phone: 207-363-4422

This wide sandy beach is 1.5 miles long. It is a big favorite for everyone from families to sun bathers to surfers. There are designated surfing areas. Views of the famous Nubble Lighthouse from the beach. Lots of food shacks, motels, beach stores and general stores are located in easy walking distance along Route 1A.
Facilities: Beach is handicap accessible with ramps. Public rest rooms are at the Bathhouse near Oceanside Avenue. Lifeguards are on duty from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Rentals of rafts and beach umbrellas. Trolley service.

66 Two Lights Road Cape Elizabeth, ME, 04107 Phone: 207-799-5871

Mild surf and tepid waters create an ideal swimming and boating environment at Crescent Beach, and on the sandy shore you’ll find a scenic coastal vista. See full description of Crescent Beach State Park.
Fees: $2-$6.50

Grand Avenue (Route 9) Old Orchard Beach, ME Phone: 207-934-2500

Old Orchard Beach is Maine’s most popular beach resort because of its 7-mile long continuous stretch of wide, sandy beach. The centerpiece of the beach is the Palace Playland amusement park, which hosts an arcade area. The Pier is a famous oceanfront icon since 1898 that extends nearly 500 feet out offshore. The beach is perfect for sunbathing, swimming and body surfing, and building sand castles. Lifeguards in season. Handicap accessible. Surfing is allowed at designated areas.
The streets of the town have a carnival atmosphere, with arcades, amusement rides, restaurants and food stands, hotels and motels, gift shops, clubs and The Pier. On the strip you can find food, souvenir shops, rides, festivals, fairs, free concerts, street dances and fireworks on most Thursday nights.
Facilities: Parking is available at street meters and several lots. There are public restrooms and showers just off the strip on West Grand Avenue.

Peabody Drive Mount Desert Island / Bar Harbor, ME Phone:

This ocean beach is in the center of town on the southeastern side of Mount Desert Island. This is a quaint little beach with great views of expensive yachts immediately off shore. The beach is right next to Route 3 and across the street from the Acadia National Park Stanley Brook entrance.
One way to get to Seal Harbor is via Route 3 heading south from Bar Harbor. Another is the Park Loop Road. There is a turn-off south of Jordan Pond. Acadia National Park land surrounds the village. The Free Island Explorer Shuttle Bus Service makes regular stops (in season) at Bar Harbor beaches. View the #5 Jordan Pond Route for Seal Harbor Beach