Best Beaches in Maine

Write an introduction paragraph Maine is known for its rocky coastlines, picturesque lighthouses, and pristine beaches. While Maine is also known for its cold winters, the beaches in Maine have plenty to offer for visitors during the summer months as well as during the colder seasons. With a wide variety of beaches from pristine sandy shores to rocky coastlines, there is a beach for everyone in Maine.

Maine has a lot of great beaches. Some are rocky, some have sand and others offer both! It’s hard to know which one is the absolute best. After all, there are so many factors that go into what makes a beach good: parking, food options, water quality and more. But today we’re going to share our list Maine’s best beaches based on things like natural beauty, easy access, location to nearby towns, and popularity.

Scarborough State Park Beach

This is hands-down Maine’s best beach, and one of the best beaches in all of New England. Located just south of Portland, Scarborough State Beach offers two miles of sand and a 1.5-mile tidal pool that’s perfect for kids (and even little snorkeling).

Long Sands Beach

Long Sands is another Maine favorite, though it’s quite popular with tourists! The beach can’t be beat for sunsets or surfing opportunities.

Roque Bluffs State Park Beach

This beautiful and remote spot along the Maine coastline is famous for its cliffs, ponds and local wildlife that you might encounter on your trip to the beach. It has stunning views – it will make you feel like you’re in a postcard.

Popham Beach

This beach near Phippsburg, Maine is known for its beautiful views of the Kennebec River and the many islands that surround it. It also has large stretches of sand perfect for sunbathing, exploring tide pools or relaxing with a good book!

Old Orchard Beach

Old Orchard – one of Maine’s most popular beaches – can be found along Saco Bay. What’s great about this location? There are so many things to do in the area! You can take day trips to nearby aquariums, museums and local fishing villages.

Sand Beach

This isn’t your typical sandy beach – but we loved it anyway! Between Sunrise and Bar Harbors in Acadia National Park, the waters here are a mix of small pebbles and sand. You can also see amazing views of the Porcupine Islands from this spot.

Goose Rocks Beach

Goose Rocks is a relatively unknown gem located about 20 minutes north of Kennebunkport between Cape Neddick and York Harbor. What makes it so special? The beach is massive (and not crowded), the water is crystal clear and there’s even a lagoon perfect for younger children.

Higgins Beach

The tiny town of Scarborough is home to this popular local beach, which offers a number of great amenities: food stands and seating areas with umbrellas all along the sand. This location also has lifeguards!

Crescent Beach State Park

This park near Old Orchard is located right on Penobscot Bay – it’s very family-friendly because you can walk straight from the parking area onto the sand. There are even picnic tables as well as grills, restrooms and playgrounds available for after your day in the sun!