Visit Maine beaches in York, Ogunquit, Old Orchard, and Acadia ParkMaine 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.
Beach Avenue Kennebunk, ME Phone: 207-967-0857
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.
Grand Avenue (Route 9) Old Orchard Beach, ME Phone: 207-934-2500
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.
Beach Street Ogunquit, ME Phone: 207-646-2939
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, Marginal Way map.
end of Willard Street South Portland, ME, 04106 Phone:
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.
10 Perkins Farm Lane (Route 209) Popham Beach, ME, 04562 Phone: 207-389-1335
Facilities: Bathhouses, freshwater showers, picnic area with charcoal grills, trails.
Fees: $2 to $6
U.S. Route 1A York Beach, ME Phone: 207-363-1040
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.
Route 1A York, ME Phone: 207-363-4422
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
95 Bayview Road (Route 9) Saco, ME, 04072 Phone: 207-283-0067
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.
Pocahontas Road Kittery, ME Phone: 207-439-2181
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.
Ocean Avenue (Route 1A) York, MA Phone: 207-363-1040
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 1 York, ME Phone: 207-363-1040
Meadow Road (off Route 24) Brunswick, ME, 04011 Phone: 207-725-6009
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 near Bourne Avenue Moody, ME Phone: 207-646-2451
Peabody Drive Mount Desert Island / Bar Harbor, ME Phone:
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
Kings Hwy. off Route 9 Kennebunkport, ME Phone: 207-967-0857
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.
Echo Lake Beach Road off Route 102 between Somesville and Southwest Harbor on Mount Desert Island, ME Phone:
Off Park Loop Road Mount Desert Island / Bar Harbor, ME Phone: 207-288-3338
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.
Fortune's Rocks Road Biddeford, ME Phone: 207-284-9307
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.