For beautiful sandy beaches, great lobster and amazing seascapes, the Maine coastline is hard to beat – especially for families
Just 20 minutes south-east of Portland, this 1.6km crescent-shaped, dune-backed beach is a favourite with young families, who appreciate the gentle surf, lifeguards, restrooms, snack bar and shady picnic area. It’s also popular among beach walkers and kite flyers, thanks to its length. The serene views extend from lobster boats bobbing in the waters of Kettle Cove to Richmond Island, a 200-acre private preserve just offshore. Elevate the views and escape mundane snack-bar fare by putting on shirts and sandals and walking up the boardwalk to the Inn by the Sea for lunch, perhaps lobster rolls, on the deck.
• Route 77, Cape Elizabeth, +1 207 767 3625, parksandlands.com