Beautiful Beaches in Maine

When you think of white sand beaches, the state of Maine might not be the first place that comes to mind, but it should be. The state has nearly 3,500 miles of coastline, and within that extensive area are some of the top rated beaches in the entire country. If you are thinking of heading to the waterside while in Maine, consider these stunning beaches.

Ogunquit Beach

Continually rated as one of the best beaches in the United States, Ogunquit Beach extends for three and a half miles along the picturesque shoreline of Maine.

The beach is well-known for its sandy beach area, along with the grassy dunes that surround it. While at Ogunquit Beach, visitors can enjoy a mile long walk on the Marginal Way trail which skirts the amazing cliffs that line certain sections of the shore.

In addition, visitors to the beach can access other popular attractions, such as Perkins Cove, which is also part of the Marginal Way path. There is no doubt that Ogunquit Beach should make your travel itinerary if you are heading to Maine.

When we visit, we usually park at Ogunquit Beach then ride the trolley bus to Perkins Cove. We check out the shops, eat ice cream, lobster rolls, and many other delicious seafood.  We usually make our way back to the beach by walking on the Marginal Way trail.

Old Orchard Beach

There are few beaches that have been a destination for visitors and residents alike, for as long as that of Old Orchard Beach. In fact, this seven-mile long sand beach has been an attraction for more than 170 years!

This goes to show that the beaches in Maine are something to behold, especially Old Orchard Beach. Not only is the beach an attraction, but there is a massive pier located on the beach that extends for 500 feet over the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean.

If you are heading to the beach with the kids, you can rest assured that they will be entertained, as there are amusement parks and miniature golf courses located within walking distance.

York Beach, Maine

The town of York Beach, Maine is aptly named, seeing as there are three popular beaches located within its vicinity, including Long Sand Beach, Short Sands Beach, and Harbor Beach.

Each one of the beaches has its own unique characteristics, which make them all worth visiting. If you are interested in surfing in the Atlantic Ocean then Long Sand Beach is going to be one of the best places in the area.

However, if you are more interested in walking along the beach while still being in close proximity to various restaurants and small shops, then you should consider heading to Short Sand Beach. As the name suggests, Short Sands Beach only extends about ¼ mile and this makes it perfect for families with younger children.

Last, but certainly not least, is Harbor Beach. Similar to that of Short Sands Beach, Harbor Beach has many amenities located nearby, and this includes the Hartley Mason Reserve. For those that are looking to stay in the area for a few days, there are many hotels and quaint inns to choose from.

Time to Head to the Beach!

As it has been shown, Maine has a variety of beaches that rival those in any other state. In fact, beaches like that of Ogunquit Beach are consistently rated among the best beaches in the nation and because of this they draw thousands of visitors each year.

If you are seeking a beach that has been around nearly as long as the country itself, then you will want to check out Old Orchard Beach to get a glimpse of more than 170 years of history.

Another wonderful beachfront area to consider is the York Beach region of Maine. Here you will have easy access to three different beaches that are within walking distance to many popular shops and restaurants. If you are looking to go swimming in the Atlantic Ocean or you would like to soak up some of the sun's rays, be sure to try the beaches in Maine.

Other Top Maine Beaches

  • Sand Beach
  • Crescent Beach
  • Ferry Beach
  • Pine Point Beach
  • Popham Beach
  • Scarborough Beach
  • Willard Beach

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