With stunning rocky coastal ocean views at Ocean Drive, plenty of interesting little shops (boutiques, galleries, gift shops, traditional old-time stores) and waterfront seafood restaurants in its visually appealing, colorful small downtown at Dock Square, Kennebunkport truly offers a grand introduction to those interested in visiting the Maine coast.
It's a place of grand old sea captain's homes -- some of which have become inns and bed and breakfasts -- and narrow, crooked streets to stroll by the coast. Our 41st U.S. President, George W. Bush, Sr., also has a spectacular summer home here, which can be seen from Ocean Drive.
At times during the summer and revered Christmas tree lighting ceremony where the downtown is beautifully lit with thousands of lights, Kennebunkport can seem a bit hectic and not built for the crowds -- this is, after all, a small little town.
If you seek some peace and quiet, have no fear: Kennebunkport has areas of nearly perfect solitude, especially on the outskirts at the isolated stretch of beach at Goose Rocks, and Cape Porpoise with its views of Goat Island Lighthouse and the brief yet charming village mix of lobster pounds, fish markets, local stores and a few restaurants. Kennebunkport is a special Maine destination, one that we can recommend as one of the true quintessential coastal Maine towns.
Goose Rocks Beach, Kennebunkport
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