Wait, Maine's longest beach is how long?

It's finally that time of year when the weather gets warmer and the days get longer. It's officially beach season here in Maine. Luckily we don't lack a coastline.

You've probably all heard that Maine has a longer coastline than California. It's practically the first thing a Mainer says to someone: “From Away.” It's actually true. Maine has 3,500 miles of coastline and only three states have more. None of them are called California.

As astonishing as this statistic is, so is the lack of a coastline that qualifies as a beach.

Maine is known for its beautiful but rocky coastline. There's no shame in that. But it's nice to have a sandy beach nearby to enjoy.

According to Trip Savvy, there are only 70 miles of beaches in Maine. This means that the beach area only occupies 2% of the state's total coastline. Luckily for those who live in southern Maine, the majority of it appears to be in Cumberland and York counties. This also includes Maine's longest beach, Old Orchard Beach.

You probably could have guessed that Old Orchard Beach is the longest beach in Maine. Located in Saco Bay, it is a huge space that curves beautifully into the bay. It spans three towns (Scarborough, Old Orchard Beach, and Saco) and measures seven miles in distance, according to Trip Savvy.

While the beach itself can be easily overlooked due to all of the city's other bells and whistles, it is consistently featured on best beach lists both locally and nationally. On a nice summer day it can also be packed to the brim, especially near the world-famous pier.

Old Orchard is also one of the best nostalgia destinations in Maine. Every time I drive into town, I think about all the rounds of mini-golf I've played and all the Pier Fries orders I've devoured. Luckily, there's a beautiful seven-mile-long beach where you can stroll and work off those calories.

So next time you're hanging out at Old Orchard Beach, remember that it's the longest beach in the state. Just watch out for all those banana hammocks.

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