Maine Beaches - Southern Maine Coast Beaches
Beaches on the Southern Maine Coast
o Ferry Beach - This is a sandy beach along the Scarborough River channel that is located at the end of Ferry Road and somewhat protected from ocean waves by a jetty on the other side of the channel. A municipal parking lot is available off Black Point Road at the end of Ferry Road. The Town of Scarborough maintains the beach area, parking lot and facilities, which include public restrooms, showers, a public boat launch and snack stand. Seasonal beach passes (including combination passes to both Ferry Beach and Pine Point Beach) can be purchased at the Municipal Building at 259 US Route 1. For more info phone (207) 730-4000. See Town of Scarborough beach info.
o Pine Point Beach (Hurd Park) - Long sandy beach that extends from the jetty at Pine Point to Old Orchard Beach. This beach is both public and private with public access. Parking for the beach can be found at a fee-based municipal parking lot on Avenue 5 off King Street. The Town of Scarborough maintains the beach area, parking lot and facilities, which include public restrooms, showers and a concession stand. Seasonal beach passes (including combination passes to both Ferry Beach and Pine Point Beach) can be purchased at the Municipal Building at 259 US Route 1. For more info phone (207) 730-4000.
o Higgins Beach - Small, private sandy beach with public access located within a quaint residential neighborhood dating from the late 1800's. The beach is maintained by both the Higgins Beach Association and the Town of Scarborough. A stairway and ADA ramp are maintained by the town for access to the beach. There is a public fee-based parking lot and portable restrooms at the lot. On-street parking is prohibited between April 30 and September 16 except for two ADA-designated parking spaces on Bayview Avenue.
o Scarborough Beach - Long and sandy beach owned by the Maine Bureau of Parks and Land. The fee-based parking lot for this beach is on Black Point Road about 3.5 miles down from Route 1. Various park passes are available at the entrance. The beach includes a concession stand and public restrooms and showers. For more info about the beach phone (207) 883-2416 or check the Scarborough Beach State Park website.
DOGS are allowed on Scarborough beaches only BEFORE 9 A.M. and AFTER 5 P.M. from June 15 through Sept 15, and must be leashed during the summer. In the winter there are no restrictions on dogs accessing the beaches, although an owner must have a leash available to collar a straying or troublesome dog.
o Biddeford Pool - Satellite View and Map - Biddeford Pool, a large tidal pool, has a two-mile sandy beach with lifeguards and bird watching, e.g., nearby East Point Sanctuary is one of most renowned birding locations along the coast. Get stickers for parking at Biddeford city hall.
o Fortunes - Almost 4,000 yard sandy beach, visible towards bottom of Hills Beach map. Small sandy beach with lifeguards.
o Hills Beach - Small 500 yard beach for swimming and bird watching. Very little parking available.
DOGS are allowed on Biddeford area beaches BEFORE 9 A.M. and AFTER 8 P.M. For more details call Biddeford Parks & Recreation at (207) 283-0841.
o Bayview Beach - Off Seaside Avenue. Public beach maintained by City of Saco. Lifeguard in season. Restrooms and public parking.
o Camp Ellis Beach
o Diamond Riverside Boat Ramp - Not a beach, but a 6 acre park with public boat ramp, picnic tables, charcoal grills and play structure.
o Ferry Beach State Park - Miles of white sandy beaches between the Saco River and Pine Point. Changing room, picnic area, nature trails and guided nature programs available.
o Kenney Shores Beach - Off Seaside Avenue. Public beach maintained by City of Saco. Lifeguard in season. No restrooms.
DOGS are allowed on Saco municipal beaches at any time with leash and clean-up. Within Ferry Beach State Park, dogs are NOT ALLOWED on the beach proper, but are allowed in the park interior with leash and clean-up.
HOWEVER: The Saco City Council agreed on Monday, July 16, 2012 that it would consider limiting the access of dogs to the city's public beaches during the summer months. Councilors asked Police Chief Bradley Paul to create a draft ordinance based on what Scarborough allows, which the council would review at its next regular meeting on Aug. 6, 2012. The only rules on Saco's beaches now are that dogs must either be on a leash or at heel, and owners much pick up after their dogs. Otherwise, dogs are allowed at any time of day or season. In contrast, the town of Scarborough excludes dogs from its beaches between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. from June 15 through Sept 15, and also requires dogs to be leashed if they are on the beach before 9 a.m. or after 5 p.m. during the summer. In the winter there are no restrictions on dogs accessing the beaches, although an owner must have a leash available to collar a straying or troublesome dog. See Keep Me Current article, Jul. 18, 2012.
The Kennebunk beach area is comprised of three sections: Gooch's Beach, Middle Beach and Mother's Beach. There is also a separate, private beach called Parson's Beach.
o Gooch's Beach - Fine, sandy beach with gentle surf.
o Middle Beach - Rocky beach with some sandy patches.
o Mother's Beach - Sandy beach and playground. Favored for small children.
o Parson's Beach - Remote, serene (and private) beach. Reach it via Drakes Island Beach at low tide. Be sure to leave before tide comes in. . As a private beach, Kennebunk Town rules (see below) do not apply.
DOGS are allowed on Kennebunk beaches BEFORE 9 A.M. and AFTER 5 P.M. This restriction applies between June 15 until the day after Labor Day. At other times of the year, there are no restrictions other than leash and clean-up. For more info call the Kennebunk Town Office at (207) 985-2102 and select ext. 1306 for the Kennebunk Town Clerk.
The only two public beaches in Kennebunkport are Goose Rocks Beach and Colony Beach (which is very tiny).
o Goose Rocks Beach - No lifeguards or facilities. Unspoiled, un-commercialized beach.
o Colony Beach - Very small beach. Also known as Arundel Beach.
DOGS are allowed on Kennebunkport beaches BEFORE 8 A.M. and AFTER 6 P.M. This restriction applies between June 15 and September 15. At other times of the year, only leash and clean-up rules apply. For more info call the Kennebunkport Town Office at (207) 967-4243.
o Ogunquit Beach - Beautiful white sandy beach. Lifeguard and restrooms.
o Foot Bridge Beach - Part of Ogunquit Beach. Reached by footbridge over Ogunquit River.
o Moody Beach
NO DOGS ALLOWED on Ogunquit Beaches from April 1 to October 1. For an alternative try Ogunquit Dog Park. Open 7 days a week from 7 a.m. to dusk, the park is located at 323 Berwick Road. For more info call Ogunquit Dog Park at (207) 646-1677 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Old Orchard Beach
o Old Orchard Beach - Satellite View and Map - As evident from the satellite view, Old Orchard Beach is long. 7 miles long. A great source for information about the area is the Old Orchard Beach Chamber of Commerce.
DOGS are allowed on Old Orchard Beach BEFORE 10 A.M. and AFTER 5 P.M. For more details call the OOB Chamber at (207) 934-2500.
o Wells Beach - Seven mile long sandy beach. Surfing areas. Free parking available.
o Drake's Island Beach
DOGS are allowed on Wells beaches from April 1 to June 15 when on a leash. From June 16 to September 15, dogs are only allowed BEFORE 8 a.m. and AFTER 6 p.m. For more info call the Wells Town Clerk at (207) 646-2882.
South Berwick Beaches
o Vaughan Woods State Park
o Cape Neddick Beach aka Passaconaway Beach - Small beach with no facilities and limited parking. Tidal pools and sandbar exposed at low tide.
o Harbor Beach aka York Harbor Beach - Off Route 1A. Sheltered, sandy beach against a rocky shoreline. Shops and food nearby. Some parking available.
o Long Sands Beach - Off Route 1A. Family beach. Bathhouse, raft and umbrella rentals. Surfing areas. Shops and food within walking distance. Parking available.
o Short Sands Beach - Off Route 1A. Family beach. Bathhouse, playground, summer evening concerts, shops and food nearby. Metered parking available.
o Note regarding Wiggley Bridge / Steadman Woods (at the very York end of Route 103): There is no public beach on this spot. The Steedman Woods property, which includes the causeway leading to the Wiggley Bridge but not the Bridge itself, belongs to the Museums of Old York. (The Bridge belongs to the Town of York.) The property was given to Old York in 1978 on condition that it be kept "forever wild" and that no boat launching ramps or picnic tables be allowed. The area around the Bridge was erroneously labeled a public beach in a change to York's dog ordinance a few years ago but the error was corrected and it has been removed from York's list of public beaches. The public is welcome to walk through the Woods on the trails but is politely asked not to swim or walk around on the ecologically fragile mudflats and marsh grass.
DOGS are allowed to run without a leash on York beaches from Sunrise to 8 a.m. so long as owner is present with leash at hand. NO DOGS ALLOWED from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. DOGS ON LEASHES are allowed from 6 p.m. to Sunrise. These rules apply between May 20 and September 20. At other times of year, dogs are allowed on beach so long as owner is present with a leash at hand. Clean-up rules always apply. For more info call the Town of York at (207) 363-1000.
o Crescent Beach - Small 600 yard beach.
o Fort Foster Park - Beaches, trails and picnic area.
o Seapoint Beach - Small 500 yard sandy beach near Kittery Point.
DOGS are allowed on Kittery beaches BEFORE 10 a.m. and AFTER 5 p.m. This restriction applies from June 15 to September 10. Leash and clean-up rules always apply. For more info call the Kittery Town Clerk at (207) 439-0452.