This stretch of the Maine coast is better known for rocky cliffs and lobster pots than swimming beaches, with two notable exceptions, both south of Bath.
Popham Beach State Park (tel. 207/389-1335) is located at the tip of Route 209 (head south from Bath). This handsome park has a long and sandy strand, plus great views of knobby offshore islands such as Seguin Island, capped with a lonesome lighthouse. Parking and basic services, including changing rooms, are available; rare birds are often seen here. Admission is $8 for non-Maine resident adults, $2 for nonresident seniors, $1 for children 5 to 11 in season. There are discounts in the off season.
At the tip of Georgetown Island, to the east, is Reid State Park (tel. 207/371-2303), an idyllic place to picnic on a summer day and party with friends. Arrive early enough, and you can stake out a picnic table among the wind-blasted pines. The 1 1/2-mile-long beach is great for strolling and splashing around. Services include changing rooms and a small snack bar. Admission is $8 for nonresident adults, $2 for nonresident seniors, $1 for children 5 to 11. To reach Reid State Park, follow Route 127 south from Bath and Route 1.
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