Sea kayaking in Maine is an experience that is as challenging as it is soul-enriching, and it’s easy to see why. The sensation of conquering the ever-changing and unpredictable nature of the vast ocean while paddling past gorgeous vistas and pristine coastlines is unparalleled – and it’s what captivates those who try.
For kayaking enthusiasts, Maine is an ideal destination. With over 5,500 miles of coastline, thousands of remote islands, an abundance of wildlife, and historic lighthouses and forts, it is one of the most stunning places in the country to traverse the ocean from the seat of a kayak. You don’t need to have experience in order to get out on the water, and Maine is one of the best places for beginners. In a state that is perfect for all types of water sports, you never have to look far to find an instructional center that offers affordable rates on lessons and guided tours. Outfitters will provide you with all of the proper equipment and basic training you need so that once you’re out on the open ocean, you will feel at ease and in control. Guided tours are a great way to paddle through the most picturesque areas of the Maine coast. Day trips range from a few hours to a full day, so you can choose what you want depending on your experience level and personal preference. Whether you’re vacationing with your spouse, friends or family, kayaking in Maine is an exhilarating experience that everyone will enjoy.
One sport that is quickly gaining popularity here in Maine takes place on a stand up paddleboard, a.k.a. a SUP. It’s hard to visit any of the major beaches in the summer without seeing a flock of paddleboard surfers. Though the roots of standup paddling are uncertain, it was popularized in the 1960s when Hawaiian surfing instructors, known as the Beach Boys of Waikiki began using the technique as a way to take pictures of tourists learning to surf.
Standup paddling is largely popular not only because of the ease with which beginners are able to learn, but because of the exceptional visibility of the marine life and surrounding water surface that it offers. Standup paddling, unlike surfing, does not require the presence of a wave, so any large body of water is suitable for practicing this sport. This quality is especially nice for those who prefer to paddle on tamer waters—or for beginners who might be hesitant to start out on the ocean. Women in particular might want to try their hand at standup paddling since females’ lower center of gravity gives them an advantage in balancing and maneuvering through the water. This sport isn’t only fun, however; it is an excellent workout that utilizes and strengthens the core muscles and enhances overall balance.
Whether you are planning on kayaking or going standup paddling in Maine, the wealth of resources available to you throughout this state are unbeatable. Summer was made for water sports, and with some of the most beautiful beaches and seascapes in the nation, why not choose Maine as your next vacation destination?
If you’ve already decided to take a kayaking vacation in Maine and you’re looking for the perfect Maine resort, look no further than Sebasco Harbor Resort. Our Sebasco Kayaking Center, with one of the best sea kayaking launch spots in the state, is located right on our grounds. For seasoned kayakers, you can spend the day enjoying the salty breeze as you paddle through gorgeous Casco Bay before heading back to our resort where an evening of sublime relaxation awaits you. For beginners, our Kayaking Center offers professional instruction from licensed guides and daily trips.
We take great pride in providing our guests with exceptional amenities that allow them to fully submerge themselves into vacation mode and let the outside world melt away. Our two restaurants serve up delectable dishes made from only the freshest local ingredients, while our distinctive Maine resort accommodations are as luxurious as they are inviting. For the most memorable kayaking vacation, the choice is simple. Call Sebasco Harbor Resort today to make reservations for your upcoming trip!