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On the Water

Beaches Throughout Maine

Photo Credit: Robert Dennis


You have many options for finding your favorite beach in Maine. You can visit one of the popular white sand beaches along Maine's southern coast, or find solitude at a smaller beach further up the coast, or swim in a warm freshwater lake instead of in the Atlantic's brisk waters. No matter what "beach day" means to you, you'll be sure to find the perfect spot. Your choices include:


Reid State Park in the Mid-Coast region is a popular spot for sunbathing, swimming, birdwatching and saltwater fishing. This park is known for its two beaches, Mile and Half-Mile. You'll find waves to surf at Mile Beach and a shallow saltwater lagoon to wade in at Half-Mile Beach.

Maine’s Lakes and Mountains

At Range Ponds State Park, the wide sandy beach and grassy promenade are great for a leisurely day of swimming and picnicking. In the Caribou-Speckled Mountain Wilderness in the White Mountain National Forest, you can take an easy hike to the Bickford Slides, which consists of a 90-foot series of cascades and a swimming hole.

Greater Portland and Casco Bay

At Scarborough Beach State Park, you can relax on the beach that stretches for more than a mile on Casco Bay or you can surf the waves at nearby Higgins Beach.

Southern Coast

You can enjoy the sand and surf, as well as the restaurants and entertainment, in classic beachfront communities from Kittery to Old Orchard Beach. At Laudholm Farm, you can explore the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, Drake’s Island Beach and seven miles of kid-friendly trails.

Aroostook County

On the grassy shore of Echo Lake at Aroostook State Park, you'll find tables and grills set up for picnicking and plenty of room to relax in the sun.

The Maine Highlands

The lakes and mountains of the Nahmakanta Public Reserved Land in Bangor offer crowd-free boating, hiking and camping. At Peaks-Kenny State Park, you can sunbathe and swim at the sandy beach on Sebec Lake.

DownEast and Acadia

At Lamoine Beach, you'll find a half-mile stretch of sandy beach, ocean swimming and picnic facilities. Nearby Lamoine State Park is a popular place for sea kayakers who want to explore the narrows along Mount Desert Island. You can enjoy freshwater swimming at Echo Lake Beach in Acadia National Park.