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Guide to Old Orchard Beach Maine Vacation Rentals

Old Orchard Beach is one of the most well known family vacation destinations in Maine. Having beachfront attractions like Palace Playland, the famous Pier, seaside ice cream parlors, kayak rentals, and special events including weekly fireworks and concerts on the beach, it easy to see why Old Orchard Beach is one of the best family vacation destinations.

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Considered Maine’s best beach by local residents, and claiming the longest stretch of sand, Old Orchard Beach is a one of the best places to stay for families and for kids of all ages.

The fact that cottage and house rentals are highly available in Old Orchard Beach makes it an ideal vacation spot for family lodging too. If you’re in search of Maine vacation rentals, you’ll certainly have many to choose from. A stay in one of Old Orchard Beach’s charming cottages or grand beach houses will please the entire family.

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Aside from private house rentals in Old Orchard Beach, many hotels, motels, resort and campgrounds also offer rental cottages and beach houses for families and friends to spread out. Renting a beachfront cottage from a lodging establishment such as a hotel or resort in Old Orchard Beach can provide extra amenities that private rental homes (renting direct from owner) may not have.

Pools, hot tubs, saunas, fitness rooms, game rooms, more personal service and personnel availability, WiFi, play areas for children or onsite recreation can all be found in area resorts with cottage rentals

What all vacation home rentals do have in common is added privacy and independence – a home away from home, typically with a living room and kitchen, plus private bedrooms and baths, which is the appeal to staying in a cottage or beach house rental in Old Orchard Beach. Being right on the beach and a short walk to Old Orchard’s restaurants and shops makes for a very relaxing Maine beach vacation.

Beachfront Locations

Travelers will find Old Orchard Beach vacation home rentals and beach cottages for rent in the Ocean Park area and up and down East and West Grand. The center of town along Grand Ave and Main Street is where the shops, seafood shacks, souvenir and surf boutiques, beachfront amusement parks like Palace Playland, the beach and the famous Pier are located. From your beachfront vacation property or cottage rental, you’re only a short walk from the center of all the OOB attractions, live concerts and weekly firework displays.

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Quiet Beachfront Locations

While some may consider this central location, as previously mentioned, near The Pier perfect within walking distance of the best amusements, others may prefer a quieter stay in a cottage rental. The further you venture from the Pier the less crowded everything is. Old Orchard Beach is in the center of a seven-mile long stretch of sand that spans from Camp Ellis to Pine Point. What few people realize is that Old Orchard Beach itself is just the center 3.5 miles of that 7-mile stretch of sand and that Camp Ellis is actually in Saco, while if you lodge in Pine Point you will be staying in Scarborough.

These two sections of the beach offer some of the quietest most attractive oceanfront home rentals and you are still less than 4 miles from the Pier and all of its “action.” Both Camp Ellis and Pine Point offer some fabulous dining and classic Maine seacoast village settings, offering quiet and lovely alternatives from lodging in an Old Orchard Beach rental.

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Caution: When searching for an Old Orchard Beach house or cottage rentals online, be sure to check that the property has a website to prove its legitimacy, verify its listing on a vacation home rental directory or call the Maine house rental owner. Craig’s List is teeming with scams and false advertisements, so it pays to verify the authenticity of the cottage or house rental in Old Orchard Beach (or anywhere) before reserving or sending a vacation reservation deposit. These are things to keep in mind when renting a vacation home in Maine, see our rental guidelines.

Start planning your stay in an Old Orchard Beach rental with our Old Orchard Beach Hotel and Cottage Directory, or search for vacation rentals throughout the state of Maine in our Vacation Home Rentals Directory. See you at the beach!

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