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Maine Beaches

A Maine Dream Come True

Barefoot Beauty • Cool, Yet Classy • Shoreside Shops

What it's known for:
Local Shops
Sandy Coast
Upscale
Attractions
Watersports

About the region

If you dream of classic Maine images and experiences, there’s a good chance that vision of Vacationland will match what you see in the state’s Beaches region.

You’ll find everything from lobsters to lighthouses here, in a salt-sprayed string of charming coastal villages. The only thing that may surprise you is the way Maine’s rocky coast dissolves into thirty spectacular miles of soft, white sand.

Just an hour or so from Boston, the Beaches region is positioned for the best of both worlds. Days can start with a solitary sunrise walk along the shore and include a drive to Beantown and back before night falls. But there’s so much to do here, those trips south may be few and far between.

Stroll the streets to window-shop in artsy Ogunquit, or treat yourself to fine dining and an upscale resort stay in Kennebunk. For more casual carousing, come join the party at Old Orchard Beach, where 7 miles of sand, an oceanfront amusement park, and nightly entertainment mean there’s always something going on.

For all the fun, you’ll discover there’s some serious history to be explored in the Beaches region too. You’ll find a naval museum in Kittery as well as forts built for wars that range from the Revolution to World War II. But modern life certainly doesn’t take a back seat in Biddeford, where the University of New England holds a top spot on U.S. News & World Report’s Best Regional Colleges list.

Whether you want to stretch your mind, or just dig your toes into the sand, the Beaches offers every opportunity for both.

Towns & cities:

Biddeford & Saco | Eliot | Kennebunk & Kennebunkport | Kittery | Ogunquit | Old Orchard Beach | Sanford | South Berwick | Waterboro & Lake Arrowhead | Wells | York

Helpful region links
#LWMaineBeaches
Saco + Biddeford »

As soon as the clock hits 5 p.m., I head straight for my car, put on my summer adventuring playlist, and get onto 295, ready for a weekend of new people, delicious food, and exploring my beautiful home state.

As seen in October 2016 Issue
Biddeford + Saco »

I moved from Manhattan home to Maine one month ago, and I am beyond thrilled to be exploring these towns of southern Maine. Traffic on Interstate 295 proves I’m not the only one happy to be here.

As seen in October 2015 Issue
York + Kittery »

I cut out of my office in Portland a little early to swing back to Kennebunk to pick up my 12-year-old daughter Sabrina, who is ready for our first 48HRS adventure in the beach towns of York and Kittery.

As seen in September 2016 Issue
York + Kittery »

My bags are packed and I’m ready to go. The only thing I’m missing is my partner in crime, Brandon. I pick him up from his work and we head south to York—a 45-minute drive from our home in Portland.

As seen in September 2015 Issue
Kennebunk + Kennebunkport »

Publisher, Kevin Thomas and Wellness Editor Dr. Lisa Belisle explore the offerings of Ogunquit and charming Perkins cove.

As seen in July 2016 Issue
Kennebunk + Kennebunkport »

It’s been four years since my last 48HRS in these seaside towns. That was pre-parenthood; this time my husband, Steve, and I will have our three-year-old daughter with us. I’m looking forward to some quality family time in a place that’s both familiar and constantly changing.

As seen in June 2016 Issue
The Kennebunks »

Kennebunk and Kennebunkport are the towns I grew up in, where I biked, walked, skated, drove endless loops around the coastal roads, worked at over half a dozen restaurants, and where my wife and I were married.

As seen in February 2016 Issue
Ogunquit »

My boyfriend's been before; in fact, it was a visit to Ogunquit in 2007 that convinced him to pull up stakes and move to Maine just one month later. I can’t wait to see what made him fall in love with this place.

As seen in November 2015 Issue
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