Best Maine Beaches
The solitude of quiet summer waves, the crunch of volcanic rocks underfoot, or the music of a busy boardwalk—whatever you crave as the days grow warm and long, Maine’s beaches provide perfect weekend escapes.
GOOSE ROCKS BEACH | KENNEBUNKPORT
Three miles of pale sand stretch out across this secluded spot on the Kennebunkport shore. A barrier reef rises from the ocean at low tide, and visitors with serendipitous timing can discover seals that revel in the sun.
POPHAM BEACH | PHIPPSBURG
Although erosion has stripped away its once high dunes, the charm of Popham Beach endures. When the tide goes out a narrow strip of sand emerges, leading to a small island, and a Civil War–era fort offers opportunities for exploration.
HIGGINS BEACH | SCARBOROUGH
Just over a half-mile long, the small beach near Portland attracts surfers and beachcombers, who search the tidal pools that form at low tide. Arrive early in the summer months; parking is limited.
SAND BEACH | MOUNT DESERT ISLAND
Below Ocean Path, which runs along the rugged granite cliffs of Acadia National Park, lies Sand Beach. Sand Beach may not entice as many swimmers as others on this list due to its cold waters, but the expansive views make it a must-see stop along a coastal journey.
OLD ORCHARD BEACH | OLD ORCHARD BEACH
Old Orchard Beach is a busy hub of activity throughout the summer months. Wander along the seven-mile beach or roam the boardwalk in search of souvenirs or arcade games.
JASPER BEACH |MACHIASPORT
Jasper Beach, a sheltered haven on the northern coast, is blanketed in rhyolite, a dark volcanic rock that the waves have eroded to a smooth texture and rounded shape. No beach blanket needed, but serenity can be found in the peaceful sounds of waves crashing over the tumbled stones.