Today was a truly gorgeous summer day, and with more incredible beach days in store, it’s time to talk about the beaches of the Southern Maine Coast. Now, Maine is known for its breathtaking rocky coastlines, but Southern Maine is fortunate to also have glorious stretches of sandy beach perfect for your summer vacation. The Kennebunkport area is one of those special places that boasts both craggy rocks and soft sand, and some of the beaches are pretty well known – Gooch’s Beach and Goose Rocks Beach are the first two that usually come to mind. But one of the ways to make your visit to Kennebunkport Maine is a trip to the secret spots that only the locals know – though everyone is sure to love!
- Turbat’s Creek Road sits about a mile from the Maine Stay Inn, but for years I couldn’t figure
out why it was called that – there was no creek to be found! But one day while out for a stroll, I decided to explore the end of the road where it takes a sharp left instead of continuing onto Ocean Avenue, and I found Turbat’s Creek. There isn’t much parking (maybe enough for a half dozen cars), but it’s not a long walk from your Kennebunkport hotel, and in the years since discovering this hidden gem, I have never seen more than 2 cars there. It’s a great spot to put in your kayak, and you’ll find a fair bit of calm water, but the small beach is perfect for wading or even full-on swimming, as the water is protected from the sometimes harsh surf right on the Atlantic. Plus, it’s sunny, shallow, and nicely warmed!
- Continue onto Ocean Ave. instead and you’ll find Halcyon Way, a private road with no parking. I prefer to visit this spot by bicycle or even on foot (though it’s about 2 miles from the inn), because there are only a few spots where parking is allowed on Ocean Ave., but that’s part of what makes it a special spot. In truth, I have never seen another person on one of my visits (even in the summer) and that is just awesome. It’s a little rockier than some of the others, but the stones are smooth and the spot is so peaceful that it is well worth it. So bring a towel or two and a good book, because this is a spot you won’t want to leave.
- About a mile outside of Dock Square on Ocean Avenue, is another hidden gem, although it is hidden in plain sight! Continue past the well known Colony Beach (which really is great and only a half mile from the Maine Stay) and the always breathtaking St. Ann’s Episcopal Church by the sea, and you’ll come across a staircase leading down from the sidewalk. If it’s later in the summer, you might miss it for the Rosa rugosa growing along the sea wall, but the nearest cross streets are Central Ave and Haverhill St. Head down the steps and you’ll find a small beach protected by rocky cliffs on both sides. Adventuresome folks might enjoy scrambling on the rocks, but there is no question this is a perfect spot for some quiet time on the water or some stunning Insta-worthy pics sure to make your followers jealous!
Even after 13 years in Kennebunkport, we’re constantly discovering new spots that we just love in this beautiful seaside town. So this summer, add these three hidden gem beaches to your list, and keep us posted on the special spots you stumble upon while visiting Kennebunkport Maine!