There are lots of places in America to go camping. Some people love the rocky landscape of the West, others prefer the lush greenery and cool temps of the Pacific Northwest. But us? We
have always and will always love camping most in Maine. There are plenty of options – perfect for any geographic preference. Like hiding out in the forest? Head to the North Woods! Prefer inland lakes? Try Sebago! But, as long as any type of coastline is your thing, we suggest these spots where you can camp right on the beach.
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1. Lobster Buoy Campsites, South Thomaston
About seven miles south of Rockland is one of the oldest and loveliest beach side campsites in the area. At Lobster Buoy on Waterman Beach, no site is more than 150 yards from the shore of the Atlantic Ocean. The 40 sites can accommodate a mix of tents and RVs and every site comes with grassy areas, a picnic table and a fire ring. You'll also find hot showers here, which can be nice for a chilly Maine morning.
2. Flanders Bay Cabins and Campground, East Sullivan
The Mountainview Campground at Flanders Bay is one of the mot perfect in Maine. The tent camping sites and RV park are perfectly located if you're hoping to explore Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor and the Schoodic area. But, really, the best part is the amazing views overlooking Cadillac Mountain. After an early dinner, sit back and watch the lobster boats, then take a stroll on the beach. During the day, you'll love swimming or kayaking. They can accommodate tents, pop-ups, motorhomes and RVs and offer water & electric hook-ups (20, 30, 50 amps), picnic tables, fire pits, hot showers, and free access to wifi.
3. Somes Sound View Campground, Hall Quarry
Head to Mount Desert Island for some of the saltiest camping around. Somes will have you feeling like you're in the woods, but with the added benefit of that salty air. A stay means being treated to views of Sargent and Norumbega mountains in Acadia National Park, as well as access to everything the park has to offer - including hiking trails and leisurely strolls on the Carriage Roads.
4. Searsport Shores Ocean Campground, Searsport
Known to be one of the best campgrounds in Maine, this spot on the Penobscot Bay is located smack between Bar Harbor and Camden village. With the ability to accommodate RVs along the ocean, as well as tents, you won't be far from any of the water activities that make vacations in Maine great. It oceanfront location means you can kayak right from the beach, hike the nature trails, fish from the beach, and explore tidal pools. There are tons of activities for kids and adults here as well. So plan to stay as long as you can.
5. Thomas Point Beach & Campground, Brunswick
The beautiful sandy beach at Thomas Point is located on calm tidal water, overlooking the lovely Thomas Bay, on the New Meadows River. You'll love the swimming, kayaking, and fishing options as well as the many recreation areas throughout the park. Thomas Point also plays host to an annual Bluegrass Festival.
6. Natanis Point Campground, Coburn Gore
In the beautiful Chain of Ponds, close to the Canadian border is lovely Natanis Point Campground. Lots of sites lie directly on the beach. But, it's not just the lake that makes this place great. In addition to the warm hospitality, owners Bob and Tasha offer ATVs for use in and around the area. They'll also help arrange a local hunting guide. When I stayed, my dog actually jumped out the car window as we left because he was so bummed about leaving.
7. Gray's Homestead Oceanfront Campground, Boothbay Harbor
The only oceanfront campground in Boothbay Harbor is also one of the nicest in the state. People rave about the way the spaces are lined up - just as nature allowed, rather than the uniform plots you might find at a typical campground. Even the sites that are not located directly on the beach are nearby - meaning you can wake up in your tent and be kayaking in the water in no more than ten minutes!
8. Libby's Oceanside Camp, York
You don't have to have the set-up pictured here to enjoy your time camping on the ocean in Southern Maine. Though, if you do - let us know. We love it! Established in 1923, Libby's is now in its 3rd generation of family ownership and operation. This perfect ocean location means you'll be close enough to wake up to salty spray on your tent or RV. If you can't get a spot directly on the ocean - fear not! Even the spots further inland all have ocean views. One of the nicest things about Libby's is that you can often see Nubble Light from the shores. This is a great option for ocean lovers. And, pets are allowed too!
9. Hermit Island Campground, Phippsburg
If you're looking for the perfect coastal camping spot, Hermit Island Campground might be it. While not an island exactly (it's actually connected to Phippsburg via a small road), it does feel like you're a bit off the beaten path. If you want to experience it in the summer, you'll probably need to aim for next year as it books up quite quickly. During the season, ocean-view spaces cost about $60 for the weekend, but you can grab yourself a "value" space for about $40. The good news is that any space during the off-season is only $37.
10. Lake Pemaquid Campground, Damariscotta
If you love the beach, but can do without the salt, try some inland lake camping. Seven Mile Lake Pemaquid features over 15 miles of water for fishing, swimming and overall exploration. You'll be able to access Biscay Pond, Duck Puddle Pond and Pemaquid River by boat from here as well.