Make a Splash in Maine: A Roundup of the Top Beach Destinations on the Coast

Planning a summer getaway to escape the daily grind? Look no further than Maine’s breathtaking coastline! With rugged shorelines, towering cliffs, and lighthouses galor, Maine is a beach-lovers paradise. But with so many great options to choose from, it can be tough to decide where you want to go! Below are listed some of the best beaches in Maine, pointing out what makes each one unique and worth a visit. So whatever type of beach you’re looking for – a secluded cove or a long stretch of sand, I hope our guide will help you find the perfect beach.

Scarborough Beach

 

 

If you enjoy spending hours at the beach with few distractions, head to the quiet shores of Scarborough. In this easygoing beach town, you’ll discover far-reaching coastlines with soft sand and plenty of nearby lunch options. Scarborough Beach State Park offers optimal swimming conditions in designated lifeguard areas, with water temperatures often reaching the high 60s in summer. Meanwhile, Pine Point Beach and Higgins Beach are prime places to go kayaking and surfing. Higgins Beach is also an excellent spot for striped bass fishing, so don’t forget to bring your gear with you.

Higgins Beach

 

 

Another favorite beach also in Scarborough is Higgins Beach. It’s not great as a public beach, as the parking is a bit hard to come by. But, if you’re lucky enough to rent a house down there or don’t mind walking a bit from the parking lot, it’s a great beach. We tend to go there in the early morning or late afternoon to avoid the crowds – it gets pretty packed in the summer months. It’s a great beach to take the dogs to run. It’s also one of our favorite spots to surf!

 

Ferry Beach

 

 

Ferry Beach is something like its name…just a bit magical. Located in Scarborough, Maine, off Black Point Road it’s just down the road from Scarborough Beach. If you want to wander…or enjoy a quiet spot in the white sand, Ferry Beach has it all. There are quaint lobster boats dotting the cove and pretty sand dunes surrounding it. It cost something to park there in the summer but is free in the off-season. It has a hidden quality to it. I love this place in season and it is especially beautiful in the fall. Perhaps the only time to avoid it is during greenhead fly season which is usually the end of June or early July.

Crescent Beach State Park

 

 

Crescent Beach State Park in Cape Elizabeth (where I live!) is an true, located just eight miles south of Portland. This classic saltwater beach park is a must-visit spot, thanks to its mile-long, crescent-shaped beach that’s perfect for strolling, building sandcastles with the kids or just hanging out. The beach is ideal for swimming ,with gentle surf and relatively warm waters. And if you’re looking for more than just beach time, the park has a food stand, showers and walking trails. It’s a great spot to bring kids as it has a big parking lot near the beach for loading and uploading the hoards of stuff. So, whether you’re a beach lover or simply in search of a peaceful getaway, Crescent Beach State Park is the perfect place for you.

 

Kennebunkport

 

 

Rest and relaxation await you in Kennebunkport. With stunning views of Timber Island, clean white sands and gentle waves, Goose Rocks Beach offers an atmosphere more reminiscent of a Caribbean island than southern Maine. Protected by an offshore barrier reef, this beach is perfect for cooling off on a hot summer day or watching sunbathing seals. Other noteworthy beaches include pebbly Colony Beach and Gooch’s Beach, a dog-friendly stretch of sand known for its excellent surfing conditions and roomy shoreline. When you’re not at the beach, drive past Walker’s Point, where the Bush family’s summer home is located.

Old Orchard Beach

 

 

For anyone struggling to find a vacation destination, the whole family will enjoy, look no further than Old Orchard Beach. Here, you’ll find 7 miles of the pristine shoreline made for relaxing activities like throwing a football and reading a good book. If you crave a dose of excitement, you can ride the roller coasters at Palace Playland or watch a comedy show at the Old Orchard Beach Pier after dining at one of the area’s seafood restaurants. Time your visit for a Thursday in summer when the pier hosts its weekly fireworks show.

Wells Beach

 

 

Often called the “friendliest town in Maine” by locals, the coastal community of Wells is the definition of a quiet beach town. Wells Beach is separated from the mainland by the Webhannet River and boasts sand dunes, sea grass and miles of uninterrupted coastline at low tide. Drake’s Island Beach is ideal for bodyboarding and leisurely walks, while Crescent Beach has tide pools filled with crabs and other critters. When you need a break from the sun, you’ll find more than 25 antique shops in Wells selling everything from period furniture to fine china and handmade quilts.