The most southerly stretch of Maine is known for its miles of sandy beaches, historical towns, and quaint lighthouses. This is one of those places that truly has something for everyone of all tastes. Whether you want to forget the rest of the world and head out on a solitary kayak trip or try out life among the vivacious locals, you can find it while vacationing on the coast of Maine.
The southern coast of Maine includes several towns, such as Kittery, Biddeford, and York Beach. To Kittery’s north, you’ll enjoy long strands of white sandy beaches speckled with cottages, hotels, and eateries on the water. Summer towns, like York Beach, are great for families, as nearby wildlife refuges and preserves offer a respite from the bustle of the city. Ogunquit offers boutique shopping, museums, and a stroll along the cliff on the paved trail.
If you’re looking for the quintessential Maine experience, without having to go farther north to Portland, the neighboring towns of Kennebunk and Kennebunkport are must-sees with their classical village feel, white-washed homes, and manicured lawns complemented by craggy shorelines, charming downtowns complete with gift and ice cream shops mingled in with five-star dining establishments serving fresh-caught Maine lobster and other seafood.
Here’s your guide to the coast of Maine:
The Gateway to Maine is a prime shopping spot with several factory outlet stores and three restaurants to choose from.
The epitome of the sleepy little town, Biddeford has been slowing down for the better part of the last 50 years, making it the perfect stop for those looking to get away from the hordes of tourists in York Beach and the Kennebunks.
Just like other coastal towns in the state, this beach town has long been known for its summertime tourist crowd. There’s only one restaurant in town and two hotels, so make sure you place your reservations in advance.
Kennebunk and Kennebunkport have just five miles separating them and two rivers. The laidback seaside manner of these towns are great for those looking for a bit more to do. There are four restaurants, eight hotels, and several attractions.
Where will you stay while vacationing on the coast of Maine?