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Things to Do On the Southern Maine Coast Region

During the summer season in the Southern Coast of Maine, you can overhear many visitors speaking English, French, various European languages, and even Jamaican. Travelers from all over the world flock to the Southern Maine coast for the ideal summer vacation.

The Southern Maine Coast region is a year-round vacation spot with miles of sandy beaches, many hotels, motels and inns, excellent restaurants, and both indoor and outdoor activities for every season. From Kittery to Old Orchard Beach, the Southern Maine Coast is the perfect vacation getaway.

Featured Attractions


The first town, upon entering the Southern Maine Coast is Kittery. This  gateway town provides your first taste of Maine with fresh lobsters caught right off the coast. Kittery’s Route 1 is filled with outlet stores of every kind imaginable and famous Kittery Trading Post.

Historic York

York’s sandy beaches, good surf and fantastic scenery provide visitors with fun in the sun. The Nubble Light is a beacon for photographers and lighthouse lovers visiting York’s Sohier Park. A visit to historic York will show you some of Southern Maine’s fascinating history including the oldest jail in the country at Old York.


The Town of Ogunquit has been attracting visitors to Southern Maine for years. Artists’ renditions of the coast can be seen in the many galleries and art museums in town. Enjoy shopping and lovely dining in quaint Perkins Cove, take a coastal walk along the Marginal Way, or relax with an evening of summer stock Theater at the Ogunquit Playhouse. Ogunquit Beach is a peninsula beach with water on three sides and was rated by Good Housekeeping as one of the top ten beaches in the United States.


The Southern Maine coastal Wells town is popular for its beaches, but also its many antique shops, used and antique book stores. The Wells National Estuarine Reserve at Laudholm Farm and the Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge are ideal for nature lovers, and those that enjoy a good walk by the seaside and in one of Maine’s largest salt water marshes.

Laudholm Farm in Wells
Credit: Greg & Heather Burke

Kennebunk and Kennebunkport

Kennebunk and Kennebunkport attract the famous each summer including former President George Bush and his family. The “Port” can only be found in the coast of Southern Maine; a distinctive coastal blend of food, shopping, and beaches combine with beautiful scenery and charming hotels and BnBs for a memorable visit. Kennebunkport is famous for its many craft fairs and festivals including Christmas Prelude and an art, food and wine Kennebunkport Festival each June.

Saco, Biddeford, Old Orchard Beach

Southern Maine Coast’s Saco and Biddeford add oceanside haunts and typical Downtown Maine attractions to visit. Old Orchard Beach hosts oceanside lodgings and attractions including the famous Pier, oceanfront amusement parks, restaurants, shopping and a 7-mile beach sandy beach consistently ranked as Maine’s best beach by Maine’s largest newspaper.


Portland, Maine offers a city feel with a twist. Located right along the coast, Portland has some of the best chefs inspired by Maine seafood and local farm raised food. The shopping in the Old Port is fun at boutiques along cobblestone streets.

From Portland’s waterfront, there is easy access to Casco Bay ferries, water taxis, and boat tours to nearby islands including Peaks Island, Diamond Island, and Long Island.

Whatever your vacation preference, the Southern Maine Coast has it all – especially sandy beaches and ocean views.

Southern Maine, a million miles from the daily grind, is only a short distance from you.

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