Did you realize that Maine actually has more coastline than California? It’s true, all those miles of craggy inlets, bays and peninsulas lining the coast add up quickly. The coastline is pretty varied too, with sandy beaches in the south giving way to rocky, craggy coastline the farther north you go. All you have to do is decide which ocean view you prefer when you stay in one of our Maine ocean view rentals!
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The South Coast
The first thirty miles or so of the coastline, known as South Coast, has 90% of the sandy beaches in the state. Starting with Kittery (famous for its factory outlet shopping, the Kittery Trading Post, and Peperrell Cove) and ending just past Freeport (famous for the L.L. Bean and other upscale factory outlets), this stretch also includes Old Orchard Beach (a family-oriented beach resort town with a seaside amusement park, and Pier), Kennebunkport (with the Bush family summer home), York (with the oldest jail in the country and the iconic Nubble Light), Wells (home to the most antique stores in the state), and Saco (home of Funtown/Splashtown).
The South Coast also includes Portland, Falmouth, and Ogunquit. Portland, home of the iconic Cape Elizabeth Light and the Portland Head Light, is also the largest city in the state with lively nightlife, a thriving arts scene, historic Old Port, museums and award-winning dining spots, and some of the best whale watching in the state. Ogunquit means “beautiful place by the sea” and is perfect for swimming, surfing and other watersports. This popular artist colony and tourist spot is also a popular destination for LGBTQ tourists, and was featured in the 2020 miniseries of Stephen King’s The Stand.
The Mid Coast
Ranging from Bath to Winterport on the Penobscot River, this rocky, craggy coastline has plenty of things to offer. From whale watching tours, lobster boat tours, and schooner rides to botanical gardens and museums.
The Mid Coast includes historic Boothbay Harbor, a quintessential Maine sea side town that is home to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and the Maine State Aquarium. It’s also one of the best spots along the coast to book a windjammer or schooner cruise, or a whale, seal, and puffin watching tour.
Another classic, quiet coastal town, Rockland is home to the Farnsworth Art Museum and its Wyeth Center and Louise Nevelson’s sculptures. Sailors can enjoy the annual Maine Windjammer Parade in July and the August Maine Lobster Festival has more lobster than you can imagine. Rockland may be the best spot to catch a puffin boat tour.
Camden, on Penobscot Bay, is one of the best sailing spots on the coast and Monhegan Island is a tiny, quiet, craggy island with walking trails winding through forests and along the coastline. It’s also home to The Monhegan Museum of Art & History featuring artwork from its inhabitants. Edward Hopper, Andrew Wyeth, and Alice Stoddard are just a few artists featured in the museum.
Starting at the Penobscot River, the Bangor/Acadia coastline includes Deer Isle, Blue Hill, Winter Harbor and Bar Harbor. Deer Island is featured in Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley, and is home to the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.
Historic Bar Harbor is one of the more scenic spots in Maine with sandy beaches, granite cliffs and is known as the gateway to the spectacular Acadia National Park, on Mount Desert Island. Acadia National Park includes the tallest mountain on the Atlantic Coast (Cadillac Mountain), granite domes, cobble beaches, lakes and streams, wetlands, forest, meadow and more. A system of historic carriage roads threads through the park, and the park is a haven for hiking, biking, rock climbing, kayaking, swimming, snowshoeing and more. You can book puffin and whale watching boat tours here too.
Actually the northernmost bit of the Maine coastline, Downeast (those crazy Mainers!) runs from just south of Jonesport and Machias (home of the first naval battle in the Revolutionary War and the Fort O’Brien State Historic Site) up to Lubec, Eastport, and the Canadian Border. Jonesport is situated on a small peninsula sticking out in to the Gulf of Maine and is known for being a major lobster and fishing town, harvesting blueberries, two nature preserves, and the iconic Moose Peak Light.
Maine Ocean View Rentals
Whether you enjoy laying on soft sandy beaches or climbing over rocks and through tidal pools, we have a Maine ocean view rental for you. If you like art galleries, shopping, and fine dining, with your ocean view, staying in the South or Mid Coast is for you. If you like getting out in nature, climbing and hiking or viewing whales and puffins, head north.
Our Maine ocean view rentals have everything you’ll need, starting with stunning ocean views. Our rentals feature decks and porches perfect for lounging and enjoying the sights and sounds of the Atlantic Ocean. Fully equipped kitchens mean you can pick up a few fresh lobsters from the local dock and cook your own lobster tails dripping with butter or try out a new recipe for lobster bisque or that Maine staple, the lobster roll.
If you need help narrowing down your perfect Maine Coast rental spot, just give us a call today!