Popham Beach

  • Popham Beach - USA
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  • Popham Beach - USA
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  • Popham Beach - USA
    © Paul VanDerWerf and licensed for reuse under this Licence Pinterest

Located at the mouth of the Kennebec River, Popham Beach is one of the most popular beaches on the Maine coast. The sandy beach spans nearly two miles of sandy shoreline and is backed by dunes and marshland.

There are plenty of activities to do at the beach including swimming, kayaking, fishing, and windsurfing. Visitors can also enjoy a picnic on the beach or take a stroll to the historic fort at the northern tip of the beach. Popham is  known for its historical significance as it was the site of the first English settlement in New England, dating back 1607. 

The waves at Popham Beach can be quite powerful which is good news for the surfers. There is a lifeguard here during the summer months so it’s also a great spot for families.

If you’re looking for a more relaxing beach experience, there are also plenty of places to sit and enjoy the view of Fox and Wood islands offshore. You can walk to Fox Island at low tide, but pay attention to the fast incoming tides so as not to get cut off.

Popham Beach is a great place to explore Maine’s natural beauty. There are plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife, including horseshoe crabs, seals, ospreys, and bald eagles. The beach is also home to a variety of rare plants and flowers. The beach features beautiful sunrises and sunsets, and is also a great spot for star-gazing.

Nearest town/city

Phippsburg

Lifeguard service

Yes

Activities

  • Swimming/bathing
  • Surfing
  • Kite surfing

Facilities

  • Shower

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Current weather (Wed Feb 21st 00:00)

Clear sky

(Clear sky)
-5°C / 23°F

Sea temperature

2.9°C
37.2°F

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