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Saltwater beaches of the Greater Portland & Casco Bay and The Maine Beaches regions

The southern coast of Maine is synonymous with long sandy beaches. People visit year after year to the seemingly endless miles of beach that beckons sun worshipers to lie and soak up the warm rays. These beaches have vigorous waves that crash upon the shore and are a surfer’s playground.

  • Crescent Beach State Park, in Cape Elizabeth, is close to Portland, yet when on the beach rimmed with sand dunes, you feel a world away from the bustling city.
  • Ogunquit Beach receives accolades as one of the best beaches in the country and offers everything one needs for the perfect day at the beach.
  • Old Orchard Beach is a stunning seven miles long. The Old Orchard Beach Pier—which extends nearly 500 feet out over the Atlantic Ocean—is the highlight of activities from live entertainment to fireworks at night.
  • Scarborough Beach State Park has some of the warmer waters in the summer so get there early to get a parking spot.
  • Higgins Beach, also in Scarborough, is popular with surfers and beachgoers alike.
  • Kennebunk Beach offers nearly a mile of oceanfront to play on with three separate beaches, each with their own unique features.
  • York Beaches consist of Long Sands, Short Sands and Harbor Beaches. All very popular family beaches, Long Sands offers a mile of sandy beach and is located just about halfway between the villages of York Harbor and York Beach. Short Sands is described by its name – a quarter mile of sand beach in the village of York Beach. Its park setting also offers a large grassy play area and a promenade walkway. So even though that’s the long and the short of it, there’s more. Because just off York Street and Route 1A you’ll find York Harbor Beach. Tucked along the rocky shoreline, this sandy beach is also known as Mother’s Beach because its gentle surf is just right for younger children.

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