The Best Beaches On The Maine Coast

Laying in some sun on the beach during a Maine vacation is what summer is all about. While Maine has a slew of other activities to enjoy during vacation, the beaches are beautiful and close to many accommodations like Russell House Bed & Breakfast. Here are the best beaches in the area to spend a day, or a whole week, at.

Crescent Beach State Park in Cape Elizabeth

Crescent Beach State Park is found only 20 minutes southeast from Portland. It gets its name from the crescent-shaped and dune-backed beach. This is a well-loved spot among families. They have lifeguards, gentle surf, restrooms, a shady picnic area, and a snack bar. The length of the beach is ideal for an ocean side stroll or kite flying. Scenic views span across the water from Kettle Cove’s lobster boats to the 200 acre Richmond Island private preserve. A short walk up the boardwalk provides access to the Inn and their seafood dishes such as lobster rolls.

Long Sands Beach in York

Long Sands Beach is a 2.4 km stretch of sand. During low tide, it is a grand beach, but as high tide comes, this Maine beach shrinks to nothing but a sliver. While the tide is out visitors can enjoy building sand castles, playing Frisbee, flying kites, or a game of volleyball. Once the water turns, it becomes a surfer’s playground. Behind the beach, one will find a street lined with restaurants, lodging, and shops. A lighthouse and ice-cream stand are also close by.

Ogunquit Beach

Ogunquit Beach’s name translates from the language of the Abenaki people to “beautiful place by the sea.” This beach stretches 3.5 miles long, and it is fringed by dunes and seagrass. Shallow waters, pocket pools, and sandbars are left behind when the tide recedes. Once it rises again, one will discover strong currents created by the tidal river. The beach all but disappears during high tide.

Laudholm Beach in Wells

Laudholm Beach is an isolated spot that requires a hike to reach it. A trail map showing the way can be found at the visitor center. The hike is an easy 1.5 km along Barrier Beach Trail. Along the w, y you will pass maple swamps and marshes before reaching the powdery dune-backed sands. This is the least busy of the Wells’ beaches. This spot is perfect for bird watching.