Nothing feels more like summer in Maine than a day at the beach. With state social distancing limitations still in place but beginning to lift, spending time by the shore is a great way to enjoy the beautiful summer days safely. Below, we’ve put together a guide to some of the best beaches in Maine!
1. Winslow Memorial Park
Enjoy the peacefulness of this cozy, tidal beach. Located in Freeport, go for a fun-filled day trip or camp overnight for a small fee. Either way, you’ll feel like you’re miles away from reality. Bring your dog to walk the trail, pack a picnic and soak in the rays!
2. Popham Beach State Park
Nestled at the mouth of the famous Kennebec River in Phippsburg, catch the beach at Popham when the tide is low for a trip worth taking. There are endless treasures to be found in the miles of tide pools along the shoreline – you can even walk out to Fox Islands across the shore. There’s also amazing wildlife watching, grills for barbecuing, and hiking trails.
3. Crescent Beach State Park
Located just a few miles south of Portland in Cape Elizabeth, this stretch of coastline boasts soft, lovely sand and easy-access accommodations. There are plenty of options – picnicking, grilling, a snack bar, playground, and restrooms for your convenience. Plus, with a spacious parking lot, finding a spot couldn’t be easier.
4. Ogunquit Beach
Ogunquit Beach, located in its namesake, offers 3.5 miles of shoreline complete with picturesque sea grass and sand dunes. Another beach you’ll want to visit at low tide, explore the fascinating tide pools, relax on the sand, and be sure to check out Perkins Cove, an old fishing village, for a taste of historic Maine.
5. Goose Rocks Beach
Goose Rocks Beach is a small stretch of beach located in a tiny seaside village in Kennebunkport near Cape Porpoise. It’s your classic east coast beach, with flowing grassy dunes and a dramatic coastline. There is limited parking, but it’s beauty is well worth any wait to get in.
6. Scarborough Beach State Park
If you’re a fan of swimming or body surfing, this is the beach for you! Located in the Prouts Neck area of Scarborough, this peninsula is said to be the best swimming region in the state. With a seemingly-endless shoreline, classic Maine sand dunes and a snack shack, you’ll want to stay here all day. There is also a huge parking lot with overflow options, so don’t be worried if you see a small line to get in – they’ll have a space for you!
7. Fortune’s Rocks Beach
Fortune’s Rocks Beach, set in lovely Biddeford Pool, is the perfect beach for walking, jogging, sunbathing or beach sports (bocce, anyone?). It’s about 2 miles long and remains relatively uncrowded throughout the season, which allows you some privacy. The only detail to figure out beforehand if parking – it’s available along the beach on Mile Stretch Road and requires a permit.
Cumberland Crossing is centrally located to all the best beaches of Maine, only a few miles north of Portland. To learn more about our active living retirement community, please contact us today!