Exploring the Islands of Maine – Downeast, Midcoast and South Coast
|Warm, gentle breezes and the unparralled beauty of the Atlantic whose surface sparkles like jewels in the sunshine. This is what makes the islands of Maine, each with their own distinctive qualities, so special. Off of the north coast, the downeast islands are places of intimate beauty and contemplation. With many opportunities for wildlife viewing and rural hiking and biking, the islands in this region offer a peaceful respite and make excellent day trips.
Looking for a little more island time? Travel by ferry boat from Maine’s rocky mid-coast and find a new world of brightly painted summer cottages amongst wildflower covered hillsides. The mid-coast islands are the essence of summer, with quaint villages and sailboats in their harbors. Havens for artists and photographers, many flock to these islands to capture the stunning ocean views and picturesque landscapes with camera, pen or brush, setting up galleries where visitors can admire and purchase their work.
Be it by Windjammer, Sailboat, or the Maine State Ferry Service, with all of the islands in Maine, getting there is half the fun! Many ferry and charter options are available to travellers wishing to see the islands. It is an easy ride from the mainland to your destination, with the relaxation of sea air and chances to see puffins, seals, and osprey along the way.
Just off Casco bay there lies a multitude of islands, 211 to be exact, gems of the Maine coast referred to as the "Calendar Islands". Some seasonal and others home to year round residents, these southern Maine islands are filled with delights to discover. You can easily spend a day or a month in these islands, exploring the coves and hiking through pine studded forests to panoramic ocean views. Sea kayaking and canoeing are popular activities, especially in the shelterd bay areas where the sea wildlife is abundant.
Whichever Maine island you decide to visit, you are sure to be impressed with all that you see and experience. A visit to any one of these special locations will resound in your memories forever, and bring you back for more.
Below is a partial list of Maine islands in each location:
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