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Kennebunkport Public Beaches

In Kennebunkport, we share all of our best ocean beaches with the public. There’s even a hidden beach that is open to all, even though it is privately owned. When you stay at the Yachtsman Hotel & Marina Club, you’ll have five nearby beaches to tempt you, so we’ve loaded this guide with insider intel to help you select the perfect sandbox. Need beach chairs? Towels? A beach picnic? Allow our concierge to take care of the necessities, so your beach outing is blissfully carefree.

Colony Beach

It’s just about a half-mile walk or bike ride from your Harborfront Bungalow at the Yachtsman Hotel & Marina Club to the closest public beach: Colony Beach. Although petite, this stretch of sand and pebbles at the mouth of the Kennebunk River is perfectly situated for watching sunsets. And because it has limited parking and is overlooked by many tourists, it feels more like a local secret than a public place to play in the saltwater. The ocean is penned in by a breakwater here, and that means you’ll find it warmer for swimming than the wilder, wavy waters at other Kennebunkport beaches.
Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport, Maine

Kennebunk Beach

The Kennebunkport area’s most beloved arc of sand is nearly a mile long, and its three distinct areas offer variety for those who want to park once and play by the sea all day. Mother’s Beach, as you may have guessed, is the most family-friendly spot. It’s small and narrow, so parents and lifeguards can easily keep watch, and kids love the enormous, ocean-view playground. Middle Beach, just north, is strewn not with sand but with glossy, black, sea-smoothed pebbles. It’s a gorgeous place to shoot photos or to simply bask in the sun. The Maine beach of your dreams just might be 3,300-foot-long Gooch’s Beach, farthest north. Stroll hand-in-hand along the sand, lose yourself in a good book, or plunge into the surf. We actually recommend you do all three: That’s the Kennebunk Beach trifecta.
Beach Avenue, Kennebunk, Maine

Goose Rocks Beach

Three miles of sugary white sand: If that sounds like heaven, then head to this lovely beach located directly across the street from our sister property, The Tides Beach Club. Goose Rocks is the rare public beach that is rarely crowded, where you can hunt for lucky sand dollars at low tide and make a splash without feeling conspicuous. As the tide recedes, you’ll see the barrier reef that gives this beach its name and that also keeps the waves here warm, sheltered and subdued.
Kings Highway, Kennebunkport, Maine

Parsons Beach

We love to tell our guests about this supremely scenic, hidden beach, which is open to the public year-round thanks to the generosity of private landowners. Although there are no facilities here (unless you count a portable toilet), the beach is wide and clean, the birdwatching and saltwater fishing are excellent, and the privacy allows couples to claim their own little romantic slice of oceanfront.
Parsons Beach Road, Kennebunk, Maine

Cleaves Cove Beach

Even more hidden than Parsons Beach, this tiny patch of sand is one you’ll need our help to find. The extra effort is worth it if you’re craving privacy and simplicity. Plant your beach chairs, and binge watch scenes that are far more captivating than anything on TV.
Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport, Maine

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