Whatever your swimming or sunning preference, ocean beach or inland lakeshore or riverside, you’ll find plenty of great beaches and swimming areas in the South Coast region of Maine. So, Hit the Beach… in Maine this Summer!
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Featured South Coast Maine Beaches & Swimming Areas
York Maine Beaches
Scenic sandy beach with gentle surf in York Harbor. Parking is free but limited for this small beach off Route 1A at the entrance to Harbor Park. Portable restrooms are available at Harbor Beach Road. Lifeguards on duty end of June to Labor Day.
Long Sands Beach
As the name implies this is a long sandy beach with designated surfing area. Metered parking is available along Route 1A for the entire length of beach. Restrooms available at the Bathhouse near Oceanside Ave. Lifeguards on duty end of June to Labor Day.
Short Sands Beach
Sandy beach with gentle surf. Metered parking in the lot off Rt 1A. Showers, changing area and toilets. Easy to walk to shops and amusements adjacent to beach. Lifeguards on duty end of June to Labor Day.
Soft white sand and warm surf. Popular with families. Accessible by trolley and several parking areas. Restrooms and snack bars. Considered one of the prettiest 3.5 miles of peninsula beach in the country. Lifeguards.
Beachgoers walk over footbridge to get to this less crowded section of beach. Snack bar and restrooms. Lifeguard patrolled.
Bourne Avenue in Moody. Parking $7 per day.
Wells Maine Beaches
Drakes Island Beach
Limited parking at lot on eastern end of Drakes Island Road. Toilet facilities and lifeguards.
Parking stickers available at Town Hall. Wonderful, long, sandy beach. Toilet facilities and lifeguards.
Lesser-known section of beach located between Wells and Moody. Parking at Gold Ribbon Avenue lot, from Webhannet Drive. Lifeguards.
Fine sand beach, popular for swimming and surfing. Length 820 yds. Parking alongside road.
Short sandy section of perfect sand beach which is well protected. Playground. Stickers required, available at Town Hall. No facilities. Lifeguard on duty.
Largest part of Kennebunk Beach, along Beach Avenue, with talcum powder sand. Parking sticker required, available at Town Hall. No snack bar. Portable toilets. Lifeguards.
Rocky section of Kennebunk Beach between Mother’s and Gooch’s with pretty black stones. Sticker also required.
At the mouth of the Kennebunk River lies this 150-foot beach. Limited parking. No lifeguard.
Cleaves Cove Beach
Secluded and scenic beach off Ocean Avenue. No parking. No facilities. No lifeguards.
530-yd sand spit protecting tidal basin. Fine swimming beach, birdwatching. Nearby Facilities, Limited Parking.
Biddeford Pool Beach
Two mile sandy beach with gentle surf. Sticker required from Biddeford Town Hall. Bathhouse and Lifeguard.
Fortune’s Rocks Beach
Small sandy beach. Lifeguards. Parking Fee.
Ferry Beach State Park
Sheltered from wind, natural sand dunes. Facilities, picnic area and nature trails.
Old Orchard Beach
Voted Maine’s #1 beach every year by Maine’s largest newspaper. Seven miles of great sand, amusement parks, food and games next to beach. Metered street parking and several lots. Lifeguards.
Crescent beach on North side of a tiny peninsula backed by marsh. Beach length: 550 yds. Good birdwatching. No facilities, limited parking. Dogs allowed on leash after 5:00 pm.
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|Aroostook County ME Beaches
Fort Kent, Houlton, Presque Isle, Fort Fairfield, Madawaska
|Downeast & Acadia ME Beaches
Bar Harbor, Blue Hill, Deer Isle, Eastport, Lubec, Cherryfield, Machias
|Greater Portland & Casco Bay ME Beaches
Portland, Freeport, Yarmouth, Westbrook, Cape Elizabeth
|Kennebec & Moose River Valley ME Beaches
Augusta, Skowhegan, Waterville, The Forks
|Lakes & Mountains ME Beaches
Auburn, Lewiston, Norway, Bethel, Farmington, Naples
|Midcoast Maine Beaches
Bath, Boothbay Harbor, Camden, Rockland, Brunswick, Belfast, Searsport
|South Coastal ME Beaches
Biddeford, Kennebunkport, Kittery, Ogunquit, Old Orchard Beach, Saco, Wells, York
|Katahdin & Moosehead ME Beaches
Bangor, Brewer, Greenville, Lincoln, Millinocket, Orono, Baxter State Park
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