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Maine Beaches

Spotlight map of Maine Beaches region

Tichnor Brothers postcard of Bathing Beach, Kennebunkport

The Maine Beaches region is very familiar to Bostonians – its furthest point is only an hour and a half drive from Boston. Beloved not only by those exiting the city, but also by Mainers, and others around New England and far beyond who have discovered its charm.

This is a summertime region, and each stop along the coast has something different to offer beyond the beautiful white sand beaches, which alone are worth the visit. Kittery has its renowned shopping outlets, York boasts its iconic nubble lighthouse, Ogunquit sports its art scene and Marginal Way, Kennebunkport has its upscale port village and the Bush summer home, and Old Orchard Beach takes you back in time with its endless stretch of sandy beach, boardwalk and amusement park.

Spend some summer days here and you’ll understand its pull. Explore the many galleries and boutiques, dine on lobster, and hit the summer theaters. Shop the outlets or the many boutiques and galleries. Go antiquing in Wells. Play a round of golf or mini-golf. Spend a day at Old Orchard Beach or one of the other area amusement parks. Get out on the water on a kayak to explore the marshes and coves. Join a fishing charter or whale watch cruise. 

Above all, make time to just lounge on the lovely white sand beaches with a good book and your feet in the sand, listening to the pounding waves and crying gulls. Because, after all, this is what summer is about.

Maine Beaches give you everything you ever thought summer could be.

Places in the region

Canoe along Mile Road - Wells ME

Wells ME

Wells Maine is defined by its beaches and the Webhannet River (named for the Abenaki word for “at the clear stream”), which meanders through beautiful salt marshes between the barrier beaches and the mainland.

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