One of the many great things about living in Maine is how much there is to do.

You can hike a mountain in the morning, hang out on a beach in the afternoon, have dinner at one of the best restaurants in New England, and close out the day by seeing a Grammy-winning performer at one of our great concert venues.

Because of how much the state has to offer, it really should not be a big surprise that we have some of the best oceanside towns in the entire country.

We’ve put together our list of the best oceanside towns in Maine.  In no particular order, they are:

Old Orchard Beach

OOB is Maine’s traditional beach town.  Like a miniature Cony Island, Old Orchard Beach has a beachside amusement park, restaurants, nightclubs, shops, and hotels.  And of course, there is a beautiful, sandy, beach.

One thing to keep in mind is that you want to time your visit to Old Orchard Beach right.  Because of its location in the state, and the fact that it has so much to offer, the place can get crowded at peak times.  Your best bet is to visit in the beginning or end of the season.  If you are going to go at the peak of the season, make plans to get there early in the day.

Learn more about all the town has to offer HERE

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Michael Denning / Unsplash

Bar Harbor

Whether you are a young adult looking for an adventure or are on a family vacation, no visit to Maine is complete without a stop in Bar Harbor.  A summer vacation destination for over a century, the town is filled with cool shops, great restaurants, bars, and some really unique hotels.

For those who are adventurous, the town is a short drive from Acadia National Park.  In addition to a great trail system, the park also secluded beaches and iconic attractions like  Thunder Hole and Mount Cadillac, for example.

Learn more about that region HERE.

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If you are turned off by large crowds of visitors, you may want to plan a trip to Camden.  The town still has that quintessential seaside village feel, but with a lot fewer visitors.  From what we have seen, the typical Camden visitor is a little more mature and more affluent.

Camden’s Main Street is line with boutique hotels, shops, and a variety of restaurants.  Make sure you visit the docks, Megunticook Falls, and the public library.  One of the cool things about the library is that, because part of it is underground, there is a skylight that allows you to look down into the library.

Keep in mind that some of the best restaurants are hidden.  It is not uncommon to walk down an alleyway and stumble across a really unique burger or seafood place.

And if you love checking out old school sailing ships, you need to visit Camden during their Windjammer Days.  The event is held over Labor Day Weekend each year.

Aerial view of Camden, Maine harbor in fall from Mount Battie

Do you agree with our list?  What else needs to be on the list?  Let us know by sending us a message inside our app.

Looking for more great seaside towns?  Check out the list from USA Today.  There are even a few in Massachusetts.

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