People ask when’s the best time to visit Maine? Well, there’s a reason and a season for everyone (some love the peace and solitude of January – lol) but if you are looking for the best beach weather, it’s a meteorological dice roll: June, July, August.
June has super long days and the summah folk haven’t arrived en masse just yet. But July is jam-packed with Maine’s best festivals and fun from the 4th of July on, accompanied by great beach weather. August is a bit misunderstood, hard to pinpoint and predict. Some August days the mercury rises to the 90’s, but then the evening cools to a comfortable – even cold – 50-degrees which is just perfect for sleeping under the covers. End of August is awesome, as families go back to school sports and activities, hotel and resort lodging frees up and beaches stretch open for anyone able to extend their summer late into the month prior to the perennially busy Labor Day.
Then there’s September, often subject to an “Indian summer”. Can we still say that? Its not P.C., politically correct, but its historical and hard to describe Maine in September in other words. Beautiful summer-like days in September you can have the whole beach to sun yourself, the ocean remains warm in temp, while the first hint of Maine’s spectacular foliage touches the trees. September can be stunning, sunny and fun.
If you love snow, cold and winter sports, then March is the month – as a season’s worth of snow meets sunshine, warmer temps and oft brilliant blue sky… beautiful for skiing, snow shoeing or snowmobiling. Ice fishing and cross-country skiing require sustained cold, so January and February are the chilliest months in Maine typically.
If you are a bargain hunter. November, January and May offer the best lodging deals –call it the shoulder season, the off-season, there’s a reason for that.
We recognize we haven’t answered your question, “what’s the best time to come to Maine?” Its kinda like asking a Mainer for directions, “you can’t get there from here“. All the months in Maine, like a cull lobster (only one claw) or a chick (weighing between 1 pound to a pound and a quarter lobster) is better than no Maine lobster at all, ayuh.
The beauty of a Maine vacation is you don’t know exactly what you are going to get…
You may have sun, could be foggy, a bit of rain or a rainbow – potentially all in one day. Check the forecast, pack a sweatshirt and jacket, hat, sunglasses and wet suit or swimsuit. And be prepared for a wicked good time!
By Heather Burke, – Copyright 1996 – 2015 by VisitMaine.net