Sunday, August 16, 2009

Maine Ocean Beaches Approach Their Warmest Temperatures

Article and photo (of Sand Beach, Acadia National Park, Maine) by Eric H.

This is nothing scientific, but it seems to us that Maine ocean beaches always approach their warmest temperatures from mid-August to early September. The water is still chilly -- compared to Cape Cod or Rhode Island -- but some prefer it that way. Plus, you often get a unique rocky coast appeal in Maine that you won't find, with as great consistency, in other parts of New England. We personally prefer the Maine beaches (especially in the fun-filled southern Maine towns) for the rocky coast scenery and often, fewer crowds than, say, Cape Cod. Contrary to the belief that Maine beaches are too rocky, many coastal destinations feature great stretches of sandy beach -- case in point, Long Sands Beach in York Beach, Old Orchard Beach in Old Orchard Beach, Ogunquit Beach in Ogunquit and Goose Rocks Beach in Kennebunkport. Add a Downeast Maine dinner with Maine lobster and New England clam chowder at a local restaurant, and you have a truly special day.

This week is truly a great time to cool off from the high temperatures by embarking to a Maine beach. You can find some of our favorite Maine beaches here.

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