Everyone has a different idea of the perfect Maine summer -- one man's breezy beach day is another's mountain climb or demolition derby. In our May issue we assembled an oversized guide to Maine's busiest season, so everyone can pick and plan their perfect summer itinerary. Here's an excerpt from that guide, listing four beaches you may not have visited yet.
Birch Point Beach State Park
This beach is hemmed in by regal pines and huge stone ledges that just beg to be picnicked upon. Open daily, Memorial Day through Labor Day. 9 a.m. to sunset. $1-$3. Access via Ballyhac Rd., Owls Head. 207-941-4014. maine.gov/birchpoint
Lamoine State Park
Great Mount Desert Island views without the summer crowds? You bet. This quiet shorefront park has campgrounds and picnic tables for extended stays or afternoon daytrips. Open daily, May 15-October 15. 9 a.m. to sunset. $1.50-$4.50. 23 State Park Rd., Lamoine. 207-667-4778. maine.gov/lamoine
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