Long stretches of sandy beaches intermingle with quintessential rocky beaches.
With 27 beaches, for more than thirty miles from Kittery to Old Orchard Beach, our beaches are the center of activity for many. A walk, a morning surf, a time of reflection, or a full-day of fun. Nearly every beach is dog-friendly at some point during the day. Find your perfect beach on our beaches chart.
Our cool beach towns are a perfect welcome to Vacationland.
Experience the best of what Maine has to offer all in the first 50 miles of our state’s coastline. Take a trip to our region’s iconic lighthouses. Head out for some fun at the Pier at Old Orchard Beach. Shoppers will be delighted to learn about Maine’s best outlet shopping. Get onto the water for a sightseeing or sunset cruise.
Tour our beloved Lighthouses
Each of our lighthouses is visible from land (weather permitting). Take an even closer look on Maine Open Lighthouse Day—celebrated statewide every year on the second Saturday of September. Several Maine Beaches area lighthouses will be available for a visit, including Goat Island Lighthouse and Wood Island Lighthouse.
Many ways to enjoy The Maine Beaches
Catch a ballgame in Sanford. Or head out to the Pier at Old Orchard Beach for some fun. Discover plentiful museums and attractions. Enjoy an entertaining evening performance or a night out at the theater. Family fun ranges from classic arcade-style fun on the boardwalk to a round or two of mini-golf. Climb to the top of Mount Agamenticus for the longer view of things.
You will never go hungry here!
The four Maine vacation food favorites—lobster rolls, fried clams, french fries, and ice cream—can all be enjoyed out-of-hand. Kidding aside, even a beach hut slinging burgers and pizza is a surprisingly tasty choice.
Choose a local coffee shop for a doughnut and some Joe. A diner makes a great way to feed people who don’t agree on what to eat. For craft brew fans, there is an option in almost every town. Finally, award-winning cuisine has been part of the scene here for decades.
Looking for a place to stay?
Many of the resorts, hotels, and motels in The Maine Beaches help to define Maine as Vacationland. Enjoy superb meals, a round of golf, or a few hours by the pool. US Route 1 is lined with family-friendly hotels and motels. Many prefer the homey feel of our B&Bs, inns, and cottages. Try a vacation rental service for a beachfront condo, private estate, hidden cottage, or a super-secluded lakeside retreat. Let’s not forget the many styles of camping available.
We know a vacation is as much about the experience as it is about the place. We invite you to use our itinerary planner to create a trip based on all the things you want to do!