The state of Maine is a northern paradise complete with countless hiking trails, fresh lobster, and plenty of wildlife. Some may not know, however, that The Pine Tree State also offers some of New England’s best beaches! A few of these naturally gorgeous spots can be found right here in Boothbay Harbor, one of Midcoast Maine’s hidden gems. Here are seven of our favorite Boothbay Harbor beaches.
No coastal Maine itinerary is complete without a visit to one of these fantastic Boothbay Harbor beaches! There are plenty of other ways to spend time in the Midcoast region, too. Be sure to access our free Vacation Guide for a complete list of hand-picked restaurants, excursions, and seasonal events! There’s no better resource for planning perfect coastal getaways in New England.
7 of the Best Boothbay Harbor Beaches
Hunting for seashells, exploring secret coves, swimming, and kayaking are just a few of the ways to enjoy an afternoon at a beach in the Midcoast region. We recommend staying at The Russell House Bed & Breakfast, which is within walking distance of Boothbay Harbor’s best beaches. Here are all of the beaches near this charming coastal town!
Knickerbocker Lake is the perfect freshwater beach to try your hand at kayaking, swimming, or sailing in Boothbay Harbor. It’s located four miles north of town and just four minutes away from The Russell House Bed & Breakfast! This beach is also very close to some of the best things to do in Boothbay Harbor, like the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens!
Driving distance from The Russell House Bed & Breakfast: Four minutes
Barrett’s Park is a popular place to enjoy a picnic lunch, spend time with that special someone, or enjoy an outdoor adventure (like kayaking). At this park, visitors have access to two pebbly beaches that overlook beautiful Linekin Bay. Barrett’s Park is right around the corner from downtown Boothbay Harbor, so it’s the perfect place to come and watch the sunset after a busy day exploring boutiques and lobster shacks.
Driving distance from The Russell House Bed & Breakfast: Six minutes
An off-the-beaten-path beach in Boothbay Harbor is Grimes Cove, a true hidden gem! Located at the tip of Ocean Point in East Boothbay Harbor, this spot provides incredible views of the surrounding landscape. It even features a boat launch, which is perfect for visitors looking to go boating.
Driving distance from The Russell House Bed & Breakfast: Seven minutes
Hendrick’s Head Beach
Just a stone’s throw away from Newagen Seaside Inn in Southport is Hendrick’s Head Beach, a fantastic beach with stunning lighthouse views. Aside from the popular Hendrick’s Head Lighthouse, this beach features a secret island that’s fun to explore at low tide.
Driving distance from The Russell House Bed & Breakfast: 13 minutes
Pemaquid Beach State Park
Even though Pemaquid Beach State Park is not in Boothbay Harbor, it’s an excellent place to soak up the summer sun with friends, family, or a significant other. Located just under an hour away from town in Bristol, Maine, this park offers stunning views of the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, great swimming, and rental equipment like chairs, toys, and other essentials.
Driving distance from The Russell House Bed & Breakfast: 41 minutes
Reid State Park
Reid State Park may be nearly an hour drive away from downtown Boothbay Harbor, but it’s worth it. The drive is a peaceful one, and Reid State Park’s sandy shoreline offers sightings of rare birds like the Piping Plover. Birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts love this spot! Did you know it was Maine’s first state-owned saltwater beach?
Driving distance from The Russell House Bed & Breakfast: 50 minutes
We recommend a trip to Popham Beach in Phippsburg, Maine, during your visit to Boothbay Harbor! It’s about an hour away from town but offers one of the most stunning views in the Midcoast region. Visitors love the spacious, sandy shore and access to Fox Island (by foot at low tide or kayak at high tide). Popham Beach is a popular spot for sunbathers in the summertime.
Driving distance from The Russell House Bed & Breakfast: 55 minutes
Why stay in a Boothbay Harbor hotel when a local bed and breakfast can provide so much more? The Russell House Bed & Breakfast is conveniently located near all of the best attractions and activities in Midcoast Maine like Boothbay Harbor beaches. This historic property is located in the heart of downtown Boothbay Harbor, where visitors and locals alike enjoy a lively arts and culture scene. It’s the perfect spot to take advantage of the area’s natural beauty, delicious dining, and so much more.
Our spotless accommodations offer premium amenities like complimentary breakfast each morning, free Wi-Fi, and 24-hour access to housemade refreshments. Each of our gorgeous guest rooms features modern furnishings, comfortable beds, and deluxe bathrooms. Our Harlow Suite even includes a spacious sitting area perfect for business travelers!