When it comes to fun in the sun, the State o' Maine is all over
the map -- with plenty of great vacation opportunities ranging from family
fun at coastal beaches to "roughing it" adventure tours
in mountain lakes, streams and bays...
And did we mention Acadia National Park? One of America's best national parks boasts two swimming beaches. One of them is Sand Beach, located just off Acadia's famous Park Loop Road, offering genuine ocean swimming -- but swimmers beware. Water temperatures rarely go higher than a cool 55 degrees.
For warmer tides, look to Echo Lake Beach on the west side of the island, offering a less breathtaking but more enjoyable summer swim.
• Maine has 3,478 miles of coastline - more than California (3,427).
• An unsuccessful attempt at establishing a permanent English settlement in the New World was at a location now known as Popham Beach, near Bath, Maine. Sir George Popham led the expedition in 1607 -- 14 years before the Mayflower sailed.
• There are 67 varieties of lighthouses that dot the Maine coast. Among the most notable are the Portland Head Light (the state's oldest dating back to 1791) as well as the most photographed, The Nubble.
More about Maine's beaches and summer swimming areas around the Web:
Maine Beaches - Get a quick overview of dozens of coastal beaches throughout the state with more on lodging and local attractions, recreational activities, historic lighthouses, interesting facts, events calendar, maps.
Maine Healthy Beaches - With info on keeping them that way -- with tips on boating/swimming safety and hygiene, plus a FAQ on monitoring the water quality of Maines coastal swim beaches.
Welcome to Visit New England - Maine - Here's an easily navigable resource and browseable by region including detailed activity guides and pictures for the Portland Casco Bay region, Aroostook, Acadia/Down East, Katahdin Moosehead, Kennebec/Moose River, Mid Coast, South Coast and the Western Lakes/Mountains region.