5 BEST Southern Maine Coast Beaches

Ferry Beach State Park

This treasure trove of nature includes a tupelo swamp, forest, sand dunes, and trail system that takes you between all of them. Among the trails, you’ll find sea monsters and witches (of the natural kind) and trees that appear to grow their own legs. 

Willard Beach

Willard Beach provides an immersive sensory experience with boats, buoys, wildlife, and waves nearby. The sandy beach has some rocky areas and an elevated grassy space with views of the Portland Head Lighthouse in the distance. 

Fort Foster

Fort Foster has some great beaches where even dogs are allowed part of the year. The park has a map showing the beach locations, which is a smart download since mobile service can be spotty. 

Long Sands Beach

Long Sands Beach might be the most complete Southern Maine Coast beach experience with 1.5 miles of sand and rock mixed against a road dotted with ship-lapped buildings across the way and the Nubble Lighthouse in the distance. 

Marginal Way

Under the heading “waterfront but not a beach,” there is a public access point to a rocky beachfront near the north end of Marginal Way. This stunning walk is worth the rocky pathway to get there, and it also ends close to the access point to Ogunquit’s Main Beach. 

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