Gooch's Beach

Besides boasting an excellent name, Gooch Beach tends to have relatively lighter crowds in summer (relatively) and boasts wide, sandy areas that are perfect for those who are a little tired of the usual 'rocks and cliffs' aesthetic of the Maine coast.

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