Maine beaches come in many sizes and shapes. White sand ocean beaches cover much of the southern Maine coast and dot the rest of the 5,500 miles of Maine coastline. By day, beaches are teeming with people building sandcastles, body surfing, searching for seashells and just soaking in the sun. In the evening, the low rumble of the surf crashing upon the shore offers a soothing backdrop for a romantic stroll.

However, saltwater beaches only present half of the beachgoing opportunities in Maine. With 6,000 lakes and ponds, fresh water beaches abound. Maine’s municipalities and state parks boast a variety of beaches where families can refresh themselves in crystal clear lakes surrounded by lush green forests. Many of the state parks provide additional amenities such as grills, picnic tables, playgrounds, restrooms, snack bars, campsites and nature trails, making them the perfect place to spend one or more days.

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