Ever wondered why Maine’s motto is, “Maine: The Way Life Should Be”? Just go to a beach in Maine and you’ll see exactly why. Sure, the ocean water may be chilly, but Maine has some of the prettiest, cleanest and most family-friendly beaches we’ve encountered with kids. Choose one of these family beaches in Maine for your next family getaway.
Ogunquit Beach - Ogunquit
From the beach, families can easily walk to the Ogunquit River to enjoy its calmer waters and crabbing opportunities -- bring a bucket. Other area activities include professional shows at the Ogunquit Playhouse, walks along the 1.5-mile-long Marginal Way (overlooking the ocean) and downtown Ogunquit for good eats and kid-friendly shopping that includes C&S Toy Chest and Harbor Candy Shop. You'll find plenty of vacation rentals and hotels nearby, too.
Recommended Hotel: The Sparhawk Oceanfront Resort
Short Sand Beach - York
The beach itself is small (hence the name), but it's a lovely beach for families, especially those with young children. On the other side of York, you'll find Long Sand Beach (bigger, but not as good for beach bums), and within a 10-minute drive, you can be at Ogunquit Beach.
Recommended Hotel: Cliff House Maine
Old Orchard Beach - Old Orchard
The beach itself stretches 7 miles, and restrooms and showers are available. Rent a vacation home, book a cheap hotel or go camping for overnight accommodations.
Recommended Hotel: Echo Motel and Oceanfront Cottages
Sand Beach - Acadia National Park
Acadia National Park is just one of those Maine destinations everyone should see in their lifetime. After you've made your way to the top of Cadillac Mountain for the best views imaginable, make your way back down to Sand Beach. A quiet beach within Acadia National Park, it's the perfect place to spend an afternoon (despite the frigid water). Restrooms and showers are available nearby, as is parking. Note that you'll need to walk up and down a series of steps to access the beach.
Recommended Hotel: Bar Harbor Grand Hotel
Birch Point Beach State Park - Owls Head
Recommended Hotel: Camden Riverhouse Hotel & Inns