Technically speaking, there are over 4,600 islands off the coast of Maine. This includes the largest actual island (Mount Desert Island) to tiny ledges that can only be considered islands during a very low tide. There are a fair few that fall right in the middle, perfect for exploring no matter what your budget might be. Here we’ve compiled just a few options, ranging in price from “just-won-the-lottery” to “I’ve-got-a-spare-$5.”

With so many island-hopping options in Maine, we’re sure to have missed some… or an insane amount. What are your favorite islands? Let us know over on our Facebook page!

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Islands off the Coast of Maine

How many islands off Maine are there?  

We don’t mean to alarm you, but you might want to be sitting down for this. Believe it or not, there are more than 4,600 islands off Maine, many of which are scenic and visitable. Some are inhabited and developed upon. Some are only visible when the tide is low. Some are only accessible by boat, and others are designated nature preserves. Maine might be a smaller state (the 12th-smallest by area and 9th-least populous), but it seems to make up for its small size with 4,000+ islands and 32 state parks on top of that (some of which are on islands themselves).  

Which are the best Maine islands to visit?  

Obviously, “best” is subjective, but there are some islands in Maine that tend to be more popular with visitors than others. Head to Casco Bay and check out Chebeague Island, which is the largest island in the bay and the perfect destination for summer fun. It features 25 miles of gorgeous, scenic roads, and frequently makes “best hidden beaches in New England” lists. In Penobscot Bay, you’ll find Vinalhaven Island, which is home to the largest island community that lives there year-round. Talk about heavenly. Then, in the Outer Islands, there’s Monhegan Island, which is 12 miles off the coast and filled to the brim with natural beauty.  

Which islands are the best islands in Maine? 

The list of the best islands in Maine continues! Seriously, with more than 4,000 to pick from, how do you even begin? Give it a start by visiting Boothbay Harbor and checkout out Squirrel Island, which is much quieter than most of Maine’s islands and is great for low-key folks who would prefer to avoid the crowded, more popular islands. You’ll also want to add Mount Desert Island to your bucket list because there’s nothing else in Maine like it. It’s got 108 amazing miles of rocky shoreline, beautiful mountains, and the famed Acadia National Park. So, yes, best is subjective – but these are all excellent spots to start!  

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