If you live on the east coast or are simply visiting some the New England area, the rocky and jagged coast of Maine is a place you shouldn't miss. The state has thousands of miles of coastline and endless vistas of beach, cliffs and scenic inlets. The famous Acadia National Park is visited by 3.5 million people each year. In Maine, camping has a long tradition, and even glamping has become well established through a network of cottages and cabins available for seasonal tourists.
Maine coast camping has plentiful sites for primitive overnights to glamping reunions—these five sites give you a small taste of the possibilities, if you crave the sounds of tides, breezes and seagulls.
1. The Tideside Tentrr setup in Midcoast Maine offers a shaded tent cabin with bay views on the coast of Maine. Amenities include porta-potties and showers within walking distance. Campers can relax comfortably on the deck outside their cabin and watch the sun set over the bay from their fire pit.
2. If you’re more of a woodsy-person but still want something close to the water, look no further than the Half-hundred Acre Woods campground. Offering easy glamping on the Muscongus Bay, this site comes with opportunities galore for hiking, fishing, swimming, and even some optional offerings from the campground owner including a custom coastal cruise aboard a restored 1967 pleasure lobster boat.
3. In an off-the-beaten-path campground known as the Private Waterside Retreat, this glamping destination on Maine’s coast comes camper-ready with a fully set up camping kitchen and ocean views. Enjoy fantastic swimming, fishing, and canoeing, or just relax on the dock with an ice-cold drink.
4. Located on the southern coast of Maine, the Pond Camp glamping site is well-named—when visiting you’ll have a whole massive pond to look out on from your glitzy glamping tent. The nearby Birch Point Beach State Park and Owls Head State Park both offer incredible outdoors recreation and coastal views expected of the region.
5. North Haven, Maine’s Turner Farm campground certainly takes the cake for coastal camping in the northeast. Take a ferry to North Haven Island from Rockland and you’ll reach Turner Farm peninsula, where a pre-built and cozy glamping tent awaits you. It’s charm lies in it’s remote location—but come prepared and you’ll be able to go bicycling, birdwatching, and sea kayaking for as long as you stay.