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Towns along the Coast of Maine.

The following are some of the major towns and cities along the coast of Maine. Many of the towns are found up to ten miles from the ocean. However, the many bays and sounds provide easy access to the ocean as well as bringing the cooler ocean waters inland. Be sure to pick your destination carefully. The geography means that if you choose one of the remoter locations such as Castine, you will have to do a lot of driving if you want to explore. Some of the destinations are sleepy New England towns which might be perfect for a romantic getaway but not ideal for a family with children.

Bar Harbor - It takes a good bit of driving to get there but it is well worth the effort. Bar Harbor is a quaint town with a beautiful view of the harbor. One of the main attractions is Acadia National Park.

Bar Harbor, Maine
Bar Harbor, Maine

Bass Harbor -  A small harbor town on Desert Island, the home of Acadia National Park.

Bath - Bath is a small town of just under 10,000 people located along the southern coast. It is along the bay but is about ten miles from the ocean. Bath is the home of Bath Iron Works.

Belfast - Belfast is located along Route 1 on Belfast Bay. I

Biddeford - Biddeford is a larger town of over 20,000 people located about ten miles north of Kennebunkport and about five miles from the ocean.

Boothaby Harbor - Boothbay Harbor is a tourist town of just over 1000 people in a more remote area of the central coast. 

Brooklin - Brooklin is a tiny and remote town of less than 1000 that is located about 20 miles southeast of Bucksport.

Brunswick - Brunswick is a town of over 20,000 people just off I-295. It is home to the Brunswick Naval Air Station and Bowdoin College which was associated with Col. Joshua Chamberlain who played a critical role in the Battle of Gettysburg.

Bucksport - If you are in or near Bucksport, be sure to check out the tower at the top of the suspension bridge crossing the sound

Camden - Camden is a medium sized town with a beautify harbor, shopping, B&Bs and good waterfront dining.

Camden Maine
Camden Maine

Castine - This is one of those classic "sleepy New England towns that time forgot" the town was the site of battles with the British in the 1770's and the War of 1812. It is also home to the Maine Maritime Academy. We visited during the day but the impression was that the sidewalks get rolled up for the night. It's a great place for a romantic getaway.

Ellsworth is a town with a population of a little over 6,000 located on Route 1 a little over 10 miles from the bridge to Desert Island where you will find Bar Harbor.

Freeport is a town of a little under 2000 people located just off I-295 and about a mile inland.

Kennebunk Beach - Kennebunk Beach is located just south of Kennebunkport.

Kennebunkport - This town is most famous for the home on Walker's Point, the summer residence of the Bush family. It also boasts a number of Bed and Breakfasts, fishing and a quaint town center.

Kittery is a town of a little under 9000 people and is one of the southern most of the Maine Coastal Towns. It is near Portsmouth.

Machias was once the home port of the schooner Lucy Evelyn which eventually ended up landlocked as a gift shop in Beach Haven, New Jersey.

Moody Beach is located about a mile north of Ogonquit in the southern half of the coast.

Moody Point is a small town located just north of Moody Beach

Northeast Harbor -  A small harbor town on Desert Island.

Ogonquit is a town of less than 2,000 people located about 20 miles north of Portsmouth

Old Orchard Beach is a popular tourist destination boasting a seven mile long beach, an amusement park with a Ferris wheel and tourist shops. It is located about 8 miles north of Kennebunkport.

Portland is the largest city in Maine with a population of about 65,000. It is a cultural and tourist center.

Prout's Neck is actually part of Scarborough. This is mostly a residential community with the exception of the Black Point Inn. The Black Point Inn is the remaining seaside resort hotel of the eight original establishments. It has a great view of the water and a geothermally heated pool more. .

Rockland is a town of about 8,000 people about 8 miles south of Camden. You can board ferries from Rockland to the islands of Penobscot Bay: Vinalhaven, North Haven and Matinicus

Rockport is a town of about 3000 people located just south of Camden

Saco  is a town of about 16,000 located just inland of Old Orchard Beach.

South Portland is located, of course, just south of Portland on Portland Harbor and has a population of over 23,000

Southwest Harbor -  A town on Desert Island near the Acadia National Park.

Trenton is on the other side of the bridge to Desert Island with a population of around 1,300.

Verona - Verona is just south of Bucksport. As you travel north on route 1/3 you will cross the Penobscott Narrows Bridge. You can go to Fort Knox and take a high speed elevator to the top of the westernmost tower for a spectacular view of the countryside.

Wells is a tourist destination just south of Kennebunkport and has a population of just under ten thousand.

York is located between Kennebunkport and Portsmouth.

York Beach is part of York.

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