While Maine is famed
for it's rocky coast, Southern Maine has some wonderful sandy
beaches, too. Here's a list of our favorite public spots. Here's
a Google map
of the area for directions.
There are two sandy beaches along the rocky coast of Kennebunkport.
At the southern tip of the town, at the mouth of the Kennebunk
River, lies Colony Beach, a favorite of many locals, which also
features some great salt water fishing from the nearby breakwater.
At the northern end of the town is the larger Goose Rocks Beach.
While neither beach has a lifeguard, Goose Rocks Beach does have
a beach patrol on duty during the summer.
The Kennebunk Beaches
There are four miles of sandy beaches in Kennebunk, which run
from Little River to Kennebunk River and Kennebunkport. Three
of these are found off Beach Avenue. Found along Beach Avenue
are Goochs Beach, Middle Beach, and Mothers Beach. Goochs Beach
offers plenty of room for sandcastle building and sunbathing,
and is famed for it's great surfing. Middle Beach is rocky with
an abundance of small stones and pebbles tumbled smooth by the
ocean's waves. Mothers Beach, a small beach close to Lords Point,
is popular because of its size, gentle slope and a playground
located on the beach. The fourth beach, further to the south,
is Parsons Beach and it is off of Route 9.
Beaches in Wells
Wells has almost seven miles of sandy beaches among the three
public beaches. Drakes Island Beach can be accessed at the eastern
end of Drakes Island Road or at the nearby Drakes Island jetty
parking lot. Wells Beach is located at the end of Mile Road and
runs south from the town jetty. Parking for Wells Beach can be
found at a parking lot on Atlantic Avenue and at the Mile Road
parking lot at the eastern end of Mile Road. Crescent Beach is
a lesser-known beach located between Wells and Moody Beach. Parking
for this beach can be found on Webhannet Drive. Lifeguards are
on duty at Wells Beach, upper Crescent Beach and parts of Drakes
Ogunquit Town Beach is accessible from four separate parking
lots, with each lot located just yards away from the sand. Rest
room facilities are readily available.
Visitors have a choice of three beaches in York Harbor and York
Beach and also a small beach at the entrance to Cape Neddick
Harbor. Harbor Beach is a small beach off Route 1A at the entrance
to York Harbor, while Long Sands Beach and Short Sands Beach
are on Route 1A.
Kittery's two town beaches are located near Kittery Point; Seapoint
Beach and Fort Foster Beach.