4 Secret Maine Beaches

Everyone has a different idea of the perfect Maine summer — one man’s breezy beach day is another’s mountain climb or demolition derby. In our May issue, we assembled an oversized guide to Maine’s busiest season, so everyone can pick and plan their perfect summer itinerary. Here’s an excerpt from that guide, letting you in on four quiet beaches you may not have visited yet.

 

Birch Point Beach State Park

This beach is hemmed in by regal pines and huge stone ledges that just beg to be picnicked upon. Open daily, Memorial Day through Labor Day. 9 a.m. to sunset. $1–$3. Access via Ballyhac Rd., Owls Head. 207-941-4014. maine.gov/birchpoint

Lamoine State Park

Great Mount Desert Island views without the summer crowds? You bet. This quiet shorefront park has campgrounds and picnic tables for extended stays or afternoon day trips. Open daily, May 15–October 15. 9 a.m. to sunset. $1.50–$4.50. 23 State Park Rd., Lamoine. 207-667-4778. maine.gov/lamoine

Laudholm Beach

Willing to work for a perfect beach day? This one’s for you. Hike through the wooded trails of the Wells Reserve and you’ll be rewarded with the soft sand of Wells’ lesser-known beach. Open daily, year-round. 7 a.m. to sunset. $1–$4. 342 Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. 207-646-1555. wellsreserve.org

Roque Bluffs State Park

A rare sand-and-pebble beach on the rocky Down East coast. Open daily, May 15–October 30. 9 a.m. to sunset. $1.50–$4.50. 145 Schoppee Point Rd., Roque Bluffs. 207-255-3475. maine.gov/roquebluffs

Photo by Justin Russell, Flickr.


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Caroline Praderio

Caroline Praderio is a former Down East assistant editor.

  • Jacki Locke

    Roque Bluffs is my FAVORITE state park! It is BEAUTIFUL!! My husband and I were married there!