Location: Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Parking: Extremely Limited (3-4 spots)
Dogs: Permitted October-March
Family Friendly: Yes
This. Is. My. Spot.
Great day? I head here. Annoying/frustrating day? I head here. Some of my best ideas and some of my greatest frustrations get worked out on my walk to this beach. Once I arrive, no matter if it's the summer or dead of winter, this view has a magical way of helping me sort through whatever it is that is occupying my head space.
Cliff House Beach is tucked into a residential neighborhood in Cape Elizabeth. If you didn't know it was there, you never would be able to find it. It has extremely limited parking and is a true locals beach. Unless the tide is super low, this beach is comprised of rocks - which, honestly, I love as it limits the amount of people who visit.
I've probably been to this beach well over 100 times at this point. And this is the total truth: I have never arrived and not audibly gasped or muttered something under my breath about how remarkably stunning it is.
Need some time to yourself to collect your thoughts, connect with nature and watch some boats pass by? Take my advice: grab a rock at Cliff House Beach and breathe deeply, my friend.