Ogunquint Beach, Maine

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I’ve always wanted to take a road trip to Maine so on a whim I checked out Booking.com found a place that looked good and off we went.  Ogunquit is located at the south-east tip of Maine, which made it an easy road trip from New Jersey.  It is about a 5 1/2 hour drive.

Most of the hotels are located along Maine Street so if you get into the area around check-in time (like we did) be prepared to sit in traffic. I booked a room at the Ogunquit River Inn situated on an inlet of the Ogunquit River right outside of Ogunquit in the neighboring town of Wells.  The hotel had kayaking and stand up paddle boarding on-site and they also provided BBQ grills if you felt like making your own dinner

View of the Ogunquit River from our room

Ogunquit Beach is said to be one of  the best beaches in Maine.  Usually when you picture a Maine beach in your head it’s rocky but that is not the case here.  What you will find is super soft sand, crystal clear water and long shallow walk out into the water.  There is only one small paid parking lot located by the beach so if you want to get a close parking spot you need to get there pretty early.  Most people parked out on Main Street and made the one block walk to the beach.  By the time we checked in to our hotel and returned to the beach it was kinda late in the afternoon.  By that time about half of the people had left and the parking lot was free.  Another thing that was nice about getting there later was that after about an hour of exploring the beach we got to watch the tide come in and take over the entire beach.

Before the tide came in
After the tide came in

 

There was no shortage of great food options in the area.  Main street was lined with cafes bakeries and specialty shops.  Our hotel offered a discount at several local restaurants by showing them our room key.

The second day there is was raining so we took the opportunity to drive around and do some exploring and I found those rocky beaches I was picturing.

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