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Southwest Harbor & Bass Harbor/USA

Introducing Southwest Harbor & Bass Harbor

More laid-back and less affluent than Northeast Harbor, 'Southwest' is also quite tranquil. But that's a bit deceiving: it's also a major boat-building center and a commercial fishing harbor.

From the Upper Town Dock – a quarter-mile along Clark Point Rd from the flashing light in the center of town – boats venture out into Frenchman Bay to the Cranberry Isles.

A few miles south of Southwest Harbor lies the somnolent fishing village of Bass Harbor, home to the Bass Harbor Head Light. Built in 1858, the 26ft lighthouse still has a Fresnel lens from 1902.