Stunning Photo Diary of Maine’s Beautiful Coastline

The Maine coast is full of beautiful seaside towns, tons of ways to access the water, rocky beaches, lighthouses galore, and stunning hiking trails.

Come along as we tour the coast of Maine through photos.

I’ve lived in Maine all my life and absolutely recommend everyone to come visit!

Freeport Town Wharf, Harraseeket Lunch & Lobster Co

A Few Things to Know About Maine…

  • According to the State of Maine (very official!), Maine’s coast is broken into 4 sections.
  • Maine Beaches: Kittery to Old Orchard Beach
  • Greater Portland & Casco Bay: Scarborough to Freeport
  • Midcoast: Brunswick to Searsport
  • Downeast: Ellsworth to Lubec

Maine Beaches: Kittery to Old Orchard Beach

Although there are beaches all along Maine’s coast, the most popular ones are located in the very southern region of Maine.

The beaches in southern Maine tend to be most busy during peak summer season June-July, have the most amenities, and are popular for locals and tourists alike.

Greater Portland & Casco Bay: Scarborough to Freeport

The Greater Portland area has exploded over recent years with folks moving here from all over the US during the pandemic.

Portland is Maine’s biggest city, but at only 66k residents, still feels small.

Most local Mainers consider Portland to be the “big city”.

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Portland Headlight Lighthouse in Fort Williams Park, Cape Elizabeth
Overlooking the Scarborough Marsh along the Eastern Trail
Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, Freeport

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Pine Point Beach, Scarborough

Midcoast: Brunswick to Searsport

The Midcoast region is less busy than the southern Maine Beaches area, but still popular with locals and tourists.

It offers charming fishing communities, a relaxing atmosphere, and rocky coastline.

This region is also known for its many islands and long skinny peninsulas.

Don’t underestimate the time it can take to get from one town to the next here.

Boat in Georgetown
The Wharf in Camden
Mount Battie, Camden
Kayaking in Sheepscot Bay near Georgetown
Marina at Five Islands Lobster Co

Downeast: Ellsworth to Lubec

Home to Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor, this region is popular with tourists wanting to visit Maine’s only National park.

Most visitors won’t venture north of Bar Harbor as it offers lesser known attractions and fewer options for lodging and eating out, but this area is well worth visiting!

Personally, this is my favorite region! I love how quiet it can be, the beautiful small towns , and how authentic the locals are. Downeast is how I imagine Maine was years before travelers started visiting.

Quoddy Head State Park, Lubec
Cutler Coast Public Reserved Land trails
A boat in Bar Harbor
Bar Harbor / Oceanside KOA Campground in Bar Harbor

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Sunset Point RV Park in Lubec
Hiking in Acadia National Park
Bar Harbor / Oceanside KOA Campground, Bar Harbor

Final Thoughts

There are countless towns to visit along Maine’s coastline. No matter where you go in this beautiful state, you’ll love it here! Be sure to check out lighthouses, beaches, state parks, and don’t forget to get on the water.