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Recreation in the Maine Beaches…



Southern Maine has gained a reputation for being the place to visit for world class outdoor adventures of all types.  On foot, wheels or by water, Southern Maine offers a vast array of outdoor activities that’ll make for a satisfying and memorable vacation and leave you wanting to come back again for more.  


On Foot:    


With more than 30 miles of long sandy beaches, the Southern Maine coast offers many opportunities to take in the region by foot.  The Marginal Way in Ogunquit is one of New England’s only paved, public shoreline footpaths. This vacationland jewel, which spans a little more than a mile along a spectacular coast, connects Perkins Cove to Ogunquit Beach. Vacationers in search of peace can feel the salty air and catch sweeping panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean from one of many benches along the way.


Lace up your boots to trek many miles of hiking trails that traverse the valleys, hills and mountains.  The Maine Beaches region is home to Mt. Agameticus.  Mt. A (as it’s known by the locals) is more than 10,000 acres and is located within an additional 30,000 acre expanse of conservation land in southern Maine.   Mount A’s trails are for hikers, bikers, equestrians and ATV riders from beginner to expert in each.


On Wheels:


Bicycle the quiet roads and scenic byways away from the rush of traffic.  The Maine Beaches region offers an abundance of on and off road trails that allow you to take in the diverse beauty of the area.  Explore on your own or challenge yourself to riding one of dozens of loops already mapped out for you! 


On Water:


Sea kayakers will discover paddling opportunities to suit a range of ability and interest levels, from calm waters to challenging seas. Exploring among the quiet bays and long sandy beaches, paddlers will find the spectacular scenery second to none. 


Rather ride than paddle the surf?  Maine beaches offer waves of all shapes and sizes, from southwest windswells to solid overhead North Atlantic groundswells to the fabled late summer/early fall hurricane swells.   Whether a beginner or more experienced surfer, you’re sure to find your ideal waves here!


Don’t forget that you can also take in the water from beneath the surface!  Dive sites located in and around the area offer interesting rock formations including small walls and overhangs as well as extensive underwater vegetation including large kelp beds. In the spring and early summer, the harbor seal population is quite extensive, as is the fish population including Bluefish, Stripers, Pollack, Mackerel, Cod, Wolfish, Ocean Pout, Sea Ravens, skates, eels and dogfish. In addition to the fish population there are crustaceans including lobsters and crabs, a variety of squid, shrimp, sand dollars, starfish, jellyfish, sea worms, sponges and sea anemones as well as the mollusk population including clams, scallops, oysters and snails.


Didn’t bring your own bike, kayak or surfboard?  No worries!  Just visit one of our local rental shops listed below and they’ll outfit you with everything you need!


No matter how you spend your recreation time in the Maine Beaches region, it is sure to be unforgettable!



Bike, Kayak and Surf Board Rentals:

Scuba Diving Excursions:


Seafari Charters


CLICK BELOW for one of our partner chambers of commerce:

Biddeford/Saco Chamber of Commerce

Kennebunk/Kennebunkport Chamber of Commerce

Ogunquit Chamber of Commerce

Old Orchard Beach Chamber of Commerce

Sanford Regional Economic Growth Council

The Greater York Region Chamber of Commerce

Wells Chamber of Commerce

Maine Beaches Association is made up of Chambers of Commerce representing communities throughout southern Maine and is dedicated to supporting tourism in the southern Maine coast area.
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