Maine is famous for its stunning landscape, so it will come as no surprise that it possesses some of the best looking beaches in the country. When vacationing in Maine, one of the most relaxing ways to spend a few days is to go beach hopping. Grab the sunscreen and towels and head off with the whole family to explore the many beautiful, sandy beaches of Maine.
Some of the most picturesque and untouched—and most family-friendly— beaches in the state are found in the Midcoast region. Here are the top picks for beaches in the area:
Popham Beach: A must-see for any visitor, Popham is the longest sandy beach in the state, and is considered by many to be the most scenic. The three-mile stretch of beach is located along the tip of the Phippsburg peninsula. Popham Beach is the star feature of Popham Beach State Park, which encompasses 529 acres. There are bathhouses, freshwater showers, a picnic area with charcoal grills—and plenty of trails to explore. These amenities and features make it one of the most popular beaches for families. The view is spectacular—visitors can see the lighthouses on Pond Island and Seguin Island, as well as Fox and Wood islands, all from the beach. Beachgoers can even walk to Fox Island at low tide for a quick visit before the tide rises. Just two miles from the beach is historic Fort Popham, which is a perfect place to see with the kids. History buffs will also appreciate the significance of Popham Beach in the country’s seafaring past. It was along parts of this shore that the Popham Colony was founded in 1607 by English settlers, and where they constructed the Virginia – the first ship ever built in North America.
Reid State Park: Located just a short distance from Popham Beach in neighboring Georgetown is one of the most popular beach destinations in the state. Here you will find not one, but two gorgeous wide sand beaches: Half-Mile Beach and Mile Beach, as well as a protected area perfect for families with small children. The beaches at Reid State Park are popular amongst tourists and locals alike—especially during the summer season. In addition to the beach, there are trails for walkers and bicyclists, making it easy to stroll or ride if you want to get out of the sun for a while. The Midcoast region is a great place to be a birdwatcher, and both Popham Beach State Park and Reid State Park are packed with a variety of native species. Reid State Park also has plenty of picnic areas with grills, showers, bathhouses as well as two snack bars open during the summer.
Head Beach: The village of Small Point in Phippsburg boasts a stunning family-owned sandy beach that is open for public access during the summer months. Though considerably smaller in size at 325-yards than Popham Beach and Reid State Park Beach, it is still well worth the visit—especially for families with children. Head Beach is protected on both sides by ledges so the waves are generally small with a mild current.
Totman Cove: Originally part of Sebasco Harbor Resort, this 88-acre preserve was purchased by the town of Phippsburg for public use. A short trail from the parking lot leads to the undeveloped, serene beach, though it is also reachable by road. In addition to the beach, the preserve also includes the North Creek Trail, a wildlife abundant mile-long loop. Totman Cove is restricted to Phippsburg citizens, however guests of Sebasco Harbor Resort are welcome to obtain a pass from the concierge.
The Maine resort with unparalleled proximity to the state’s best beaches
Sebasco Harbor Resort is conveniently located in Phippsburg, which is only a short distance from some of the prettiest beaches in the state. Popham Beach State Park is only a six-mile drive from the resort grounds, and both Head Beach and Totman Cove are within walking distance of our Maine resort. Reid State Park is just over 25 miles, making it a quick trip that even the most restless kids can easily endure. Of all resorts in Maine, we think Sebasco has the most ideal location from which to beach hop the best of the best. It is also the perfect place to come back to at the end of a memorable day spent swimming, exploring and soaking up sun. If you’re traveling with several children, we offer classic Maine accommodations, which provide ample space—and privacy—for everyone. Relax in the evening and enjoy a delicious meal at one of Sebasco’s two restaurants. We pride ourselves on being a family friendly Maine resort, and that’s why so many families make vacationing here an annual tradition. Make your reservations today!