Head to Sand Beach in Maine’s stunning Acadia National Park; located on Mt. Desert Island, Sand Beach is said to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the state. Tucked in a cove between Gorham Mountain and Great Head, this hidden treasure, although small in size, is what makes beach life so desirable: scenic views of aquamarine waters, pink-tinged sand made up of crushed seashells, rocky cliffs, and a pine tree-laden backdrop. While Sand Beach is fit with picturesque views perfect for sun worshippers, the waters are usually quite cold, so swimmers be warned.
Sand Beach, Bar Harbor, ME, USA, +1 207 288 3338
Ogunquit Beach is another low-tide gem; located on a peninsula in southern Maine, Ogunquit Beach is characterized by a 3.5-mile-long shoreline fit with sand dunes and sea grasses, making for the perfect tide-pool adventure when the waters rush far out during low tide. Head here with the kiddies for the long, sandy shore of shallow waters, perfect for castle-building and seashell-combing, and be sure to make your way to Perkins Cove, an old fishing village, and to Marginal Way for unforgettable views of Maine’s coastline.
Goose Rocks Beach, bordered by Granite Point and Cape Porpoise, is a small seaside village in one of Maine’s many bays, Goosefare Bay. Reminiscent of the classic east coast-style beach, with grassy dunes and a vast low-tide shoreline, Goose Rocks has stunning coastline, to say the least. While some visitors complain about the limited parking and permit required for entrance to the beach, Goose Rocks is well worth the trouble: walk along the pool-filled shoreline, gander at the wild sea life, or sunbathe in the warm Maine sun.
While most beach enthusiasts would be inclined not to include Old Orchard Beach on such a list, this iconic beach is worth mentioning. For those in the mood for a serene shoreline, OBB isn’t for you; here, famed for its Old Orchard Pier, you’ll find families, sand castle-building, restaurants, games, an amusement park, and fried fare. While there’s plenty of shoreline, crowds tend to quickly fill up OBB, as it’s one of Maine’s most popular beaches; but it does make for the perfect people-watching spot.