Hit the Beach this Summer in the Kennebunks

June 9th, 2015 Fontenay Terrace Motel

Summertime is the right time to splash in the surf and cool off from the beating heat of the summer sun. Fortunately, Kennebunkport is perfectly located on the coast and offers several great beaches for residents and visitors alike to enjoy a fun-filled day on the Atlantic Coast. Here’s a look at the local options for beachgoers.

Goose Rocks Beach

A wonderful sandy beach, Goose Rocks Beach is nearly three miles long, with plenty of space to spread out a towel and lounge in the sun or splash in the waves. Located just off Kings Highway in Kennebunkport, the beach also boasts sand dunes and an offshore barrier reef that is visible when the tide is low and helps shelter both the sandy beach and dunes from erosion. Parking is available by permit from the chamber of commerce, town office or police department, as well as the local general store.

BeachgoersArundel Beach

The second beach in Kennebunkport is Arundel Beach, also known locally as Colony Beach. Conveniently located just across the street from Fontenay Terrace, no parking permit is needed for this rocky shore spot, which offers great opportunities to climb the rocks and stand among the splashing waves as they crash against the shore. Swimming opportunities here are somewhat limited, due to the rocky nature of the coast.

Gooch’s Beach

In neighboring Kennebunk, the premiere beach is Gooch’s Beach, offering soft powdery sand along the coast near the outflow of the Kennebunk River. This beach offers portable toilet access as well as lifeguards to keep watch over swimmers in the surf. This beach does require guests get a parking permit, which is available at town hall or from a convenient kiosk in the parking area.

Mother’s Beach

Located just a short distance away is Mother’s Beach, which features even more sandy shoreline and lifeguard protection for guests. Like Gooch’s Beach, visitors are required to purchase a parking pass during their stay at Mother’s Beach. This beach also offers some on-land fun with a playground area for children to enjoy.

Middle Beach

Located between the two above Kennebunk beaches is the appropriately named Middle Beach. This section of the coastline features black stones to admire and climb on. As with both Mother’s and Gooch’s beaches, Middle Beach offers parking by permit. However, there are no facilities or lifeguards available at the Middle Beach.
With no shortage of options to visit ocean beaches, there are plenty of opportunities to include a day on the beautiful Maine shore during your relaxing trip away this summer. Plan your stay today, and call or reserve your room online at Fontenay Terrace.

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