sandy beaches in Maine
Replies: 5 - Last Post: May 15, 2012 6:45 PM Last Post By: LindseyHansen
May 15, 2012 7:11 AM
sandy beaches in MaineWe're going to Maine this summer and would like to stay at an inn or hotel within walking distance to a sandy beach (so that our toddler can play in the sand). Ideally, we'd like to also be able to walk to a small town so that we can avoid using the car for a few days.
We'd like to be near (within 45 min) of Acadia, if such a place exists, though if not we'll just visit Acadia on a separate part of the trip. We'd also like to avoid really crowded areas (Ogunquit, Old Orchard Beach) since we'll be travelling in the height of summer season.
Are there beaches like this in Maine?
May 15, 2012 7:22 AM
1The short answer is no.
The whole point to Acadia is that it's rocky (not sandy). The sandy beaches in Maine are in the southwestern corner of the state. And those towns (Kennebunkport, Kittery, Ogunquit, etc.), while they'd fit your bill pretty nicely otherwise, are all pretty crowded in high summer--because they have sandy beaches, of course.
May 15, 2012 12:21 PM
2There is a sandy beach at Acadia, although I don't recall exactly where. I don't think it will be walking distance from any lodging. You do realize that the water will be quite cold? link
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May 15, 2012 1:36 PM
May 15, 2012 2:42 PM
4If I recall correctly, I would take my dog for a walk along a sandy beach that is about 3 miles west of the entrance to Acadia National Park. Not that many people knew about the beach, but there is a campground and several rental cabins along the access road. It may be a City Park, free to the public. People would roast their lobsters over a campfire on the beach. There were a number of small fishing/lobster boats anchored offshore. You could see the mainland not too far away, maybe within one mile.
May 15, 2012 6:45 PM
5The Sandy beach in Acadia is called "Sand Beach". It is in the park so you can't stay within walking distance. Acadia is also very crowded in the summers. There's a reason they call Maine "Vacationland".
Ogunquit, Wells, Kennebunk all have really nice sandy beaches. They can be very crowded in the high season (I live in Kennebunkport) but if you stay within walking distance of the beach you won't have to drive. Just walk to the beaches, restaurants, etc.
If you really want a sandy beach in Maine with less crowds your best bet is to go to the lake region. Rent a place on a lake with a sandy beach and enjoy the peace. Otherwise, enjoy the excitement of the summer crowds.
Not sure where you are from, but if you want some sandy beaches with no crowds go to Oregon. Miles of sandy beach without crowds.
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