Maine is well known for it sandy beaches, pleasant ocean breezes and lack of crowds. Each summer many enjoy the clean water and beautiful sand of Maine's many beautiful beaches.
Maine beaches and state parks are plentiful. Coastal regions abound with sandy ocean beaches, but even if you're not near the coast there are numerous swimming spots inland, particularly on the state's many lakes.
The water temperature at ocean beaches may be too chilly for some, but the beaches are great places for walks any time of year.
Harbor Beach Scenic sandy beach with gentle surf in York Harbor. Parking is free but limited for this small beach off Route 1A at the entrance to Harbor Park. Portable restrooms are available at Harbor Beach Road. Lifeguards on duty end of June to Labor Day. Long Sands Beach As the name implies this is a long sandy beach with designated surfing area. Metered parking is available along Route 1A for the entire length of beach. Restrooms available at the Bathhouse near Oceanside Ave. Lifeguards on duty end of June to Labor Day. Short Sands Beach Sandy beach with gentle surf. Metered parking in the lot off Rt 1A. Showers, changing area and toilets. Easy to walk to shops and amusements adjacent to beach. Lifeguards on duty end of June to Labor Day.
Ogunquit Beach Soft white sand and warm surf. Popular with families. Accessible by trolley and several parking areas. Restrooms and snack bars. Considered one of the prettiest 3.5 miles of peninsula beach in the country. Lifeguards. Footbridge Beach Beachgoers walk over footbridge to get to this less crowded section of beach. Snack bar and restrooms. Lifeguard patrolled. Moody Beach - Bourne Avenue in Moody. Parking $7 per day.
Drakes Island Beach Limited parking at lot on eastern end of Drakes Island Road. Toilet facilities and lifeguards. Wells Beach Parking stickers available at Town Hall. Wonderful, long, sandy beach. Toilet facilities and lifeguards. Crescent Beach Lesser-known section of beach located between Wells and Moody. Parking at Gold Ribbon Avenue lot, from Webhannet Drive. Lifeguards.
Mother’s Beach Short sandy section of perfect sand beach which is well protected. Playground. Stickers required, available at Town Hall. No facilities. Lifeguard on duty. Gooch’s Beach Largest part of Kennebunk Beach, along Beach Avenue, with talcum powder sand. Parking sticker required, available at Town Hall. No snack bar. Portable toilets. Lifeguards. Middle Beach Rocky section of Kennebunk Beach between Mother’s and Gooch’s with pretty black stones. Sticker also required. Colony Beach At the mouth of the Kennebunk River lies this 150-foot beach. Limited parking. No lifeguard. Cleaves Cove Beach Secluded and scenic beach off Ocean Avenue. No parking. No facilities. No lifeguards. Goose Rocks Beach Very soft sand, great for walking. Scenic and beautiful. Parking sticker required or trolley access. No facilities or lifeguard. Kennebunk/Kennebunkport Beach Parking Stickers available at Chamber of Commerce, Town Hall and Police Station.
Biddeford Pool Beach Two mile sandy beach with gentle surf. Sticker required from Biddeford Town Hall. Bathhouse and Lifeguard. Fortune’s Rocks Beach Small sandy beach. Lifeguards. Parking Fee. Ferry Beach State Park Sheltered from wind, natural sand dunes. Facilities, picnic area and nature trails.
Old Orchard Beach
Old Orchard Beach Voted Maine’s #1 beach every year by Maine’s largest newspaper. Seven miles of great sand, amusement parks, food and games next to beach. Metered street parking and several lots. Lifeguards.
Scarborough Beach State Park Off Rt 207 a large stretch of sand on Prouts Neck. Crescent Beach State Park 8 miles south of Portland. 1-mile of beautiful sand. Higgins Beach Off Rt 77 a large stretch of sand with little parking.
Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park Wolfes Neck Road, Freeport.
Popham Beach State Park 3 mile long expanse of sand at the mouth of the Kennebec River. Sandbar and tidal pools. Never crowded, often windy.
Reid State Park 1.5 miles of sand in 3 distinct beach sections. Choose from surf to protected swimming areas great for small children. Pemaquid Beach State Park Route 130, Pemaquid. Beautiful beach but often windy. If so, go to the more secluded but pebbly beach down the road a piece.
Sand Beach Acadia National Park. Not a very large beach but with rock walls on two sides and a perfect southern exposure one of the most beautiful you will ever encounter - as long as you do not mind 50-degree water temperatures.