If you’re visiting Boothbay Harbor during the very warmest months of the year, and are looking for a great place relax, head to Pemaquid Beach Park. Just 40-minutes from Boothbay, this Bristol, ME, destination is a “pocket beach” that features a smooth and sandy shore nestled among the rocks. A member of the Healthy Beaches program, Pemaquid Beach is groomed daily and always ranks as one of cleanest beaches on the coast of Maine. When you stay with us, you can plan a wonderful day trip to Pemaquid Beach Park. Along the way, you’ll experience a scenic drive that highlights the area’s beautiful landscape. Then, when you arrive, you’ll find a wonderful stretch of shoreline to enjoy for the day.
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Rent Beach Day Essentials at the Park
Pemaquid Beach Park is one of the best places to go for a spur of the moment trip to the shore. This is because Pemaquid Beach rentals can provide all the essentials for a great day at the beach. The Beach Shop at Pemaquid Beach Park offers chairs, umbrellas, and toys to rent. In addition, the shop also offers sunscreen, towels, and other beach day essentials for purchase.
Plan for a Picnic
Pemaquid Beach Park is a great place to picnic. You can bring your own provisions and set up in the sand or you’ll find a snack bar with great refreshment options. The Snack Shack, operated by the Mason family since 2009, takes immense pride in their offerings and has built a great reputation on friendly services and reasonable prices. When you visit, make sure to inquire about daily specials. It just might be fresh Maine lobster rolls!
Visit the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse
The Pemaquid Beach Park is located just minutes from another popular attraction in Bristol, ME: the Pemaquid Lighthouse. Commissioned by John Quincy Adams in 1827, the Pemaquid Lighthouse is open to tour during the summer for just $2 per person. When you visit, you’ll have the opportunity to climb the light tower, which is still in active use by the U.S. Coast Guard. In addition, the admission fee also includes access to the Fishermen’s Museum in the Keeper’s House, the Pemaquid Art Gallery, the Learning Center, and the picnic areas near the lighthouse.
Return to Topside Inn After a Day at Pemaquid Beach Park!
After a long day at Pemaquid Beach, you’ll love returning to Topside Inn in Boothbay Harbor. Our relaxing and comfortable bed and breakfast offers coastal accommodations just steps from the center of town. When you stay with us, you’ll be a short 5-minute walk from the harbor and the best restaurants, shops, and galleries on Main Street. In addition, our 3-acre property boasts a hilltop location that offers a peaceful atmosphere and spectacular views of the water.
Topside Inn provides unique accommodations in the historic 1840s Main House as well as two distinct additional houses and a private cottage. You’ll find rooms with waterfront views, nautical details, and a wide variety of amenities. Browse our guest rooms today to find your favorite. Then, book your next Boothbay Harbor vacation with us!
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