Location: Bristol, Maine
Parking: Dedicated parking lot with plenty of spots.
Dogs: Permitted October-March
Family Friendly: Yes
In Maine, we have no shortage of rocky, cliff filled beaches. What is somewhat of a rarity, however, are pure sand beaches. At Pemaquid Beach, you get crystal clear water and white, super soft sand. It's a family beach at it's finest and truly feels like you are on a tropical getaway somewhere. They have immaculate bathroom facilities and a snack bar, which makes it super easy day to make an entire day out of a visit here.
Pemaquid Beach is fairly small - and while we went in off season and there was no one else on the beach, I imagine this gem fills up pretty quick in the summer.
I had the best sea glass hunting day of my LIFE and found some other fun treasures as well. Our daughter happily frolicked in the soft sand, built some sand castles and even when she was at the opposite end of the beach, she was easily viewable to us which allowed for some proper adult zone time to listen to the waves crash.
It's worth more than a quick visit - I'd plan to make an entire summer day out of it. Or bring the kids and dog(s) in off season and have the place to yourself.