One of the best beaches in the US according to US News, Gooch’s Beach lies between the rocky promontory known as Oaks Neck and the mouth of the Kennebunk River in southern Maine. Curving gently around its Atlantic frontage, the beach’s waters are partially protected by breakwaters at either end, while its rich sand is backed by beachside properties.
While only a few yards wide, Gooch’s Beach stretches from roughly 600 yards, giving it the alternative name Long Beach. Its promenade is a favourite local spot to watch the sunset on clear evenings. During the day, it’s common to see both swimmers and surfers making use of Gooch’s Beach. With good weather, Gooch’s Beach can get crowded, and is popular with young families. Lifeguards are on duty daily from mid-June until early September. Beach wheelchairs are available to rent.
Parking is limited and it’s therefore easiest to find a place before 10.30 am. At any time of day parking at Gooch’s Beach requires a permit (around $25 per vehicle). They can be purchased from the kiosks on Beach Avenue.
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