Pack the swim trunks for your next trip to Vacationland.

Maine is renowned around the world for its coast. What you may not know is that it’s not just rocky cliffs, smashing surf, and tall pine trees. Maine has some fantastic beaches, too, idyllic white sandy beaches that serve as playgrounds for swimming, splashing, sunbathing, and enjoying some deliciously crisp Maine beer.

Pack the swim trunks for your next trip to Vacationland. We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite beaches in Maine for kicking back and relaxing with a few Shipyard brews in the cooler. Check out the list below. And don’t forget the lime wedges.

Old Orchard Beach Pier

Old Orchard Beach Pier

Old Orchard Beach

As far as lively beaches go, Old Orchard Beach is the jewel of Southern Maine. Visit this classic getaway in the summer for seven miles of sandy beaches, an amusement park, delicious fair food, and a guaranteed good time. Walk the historic Old Orchard Beach Pier. Dip your toes in the surf. Grab a slice and ice cream for the kids, and when the sun sets, the nightlife comes alive. That’s where you’ll find the Shipyard. Nothing like a few crisp Summer Ales after an afternoon of sittin’ in the sand.

Scarborough Beach State Park

Scarborough Beach is but a hop skip and a jump south of Portland proper, but this strip of coastline can sometimes feel like the most serene beach in Maine. Gorgeous views and hovering seagulls welcome you to the warmest swimming water in the region; in July and August, water temperatures can reach the high 60s. Throw that towel down and stay awhile. Pairs well with an Export Ale.

Side note: just north of Scarborough Beach up the coast is Higgins Beach, also well worth a visit. When the tide is out, a famous shipwreck is visible embedded into the sand. Very cool.

Sand Beach, Acadia National Park

This Acadia National Park hideaway is famous for its beauty. No trip to Mt. Desert Island is complete without a quiet stroll down to this quaint strip of sand and broken seashells. Breathe the delightfully crisp and salty air in the shadows of Acadia’s famed granite mountains. Climb boulders, wade into the cold streams, hike the Great Head or Beehive Trail for a gorgeous view of the beach. It’s a postcard.

Ogunquit Beach

Ogunquit is a five-star coastal town on its own, and the easy access to the stunning Ogunquit Beach takes it over the top as a must-see Maine destination. A seemingly untouched white stretch of sandy beach is surrounded on three sides by water for a feeling of cutoff serenity. Perfect for the family, for splashing around in the surf, and for enjoying a beach read with a Shipyard ale. This is one of the best beaches in the United States – don’t miss it.

Popham Beach – Phippsburg, ME

Popham Beach State Park

Conveniently located about 15 minutes south of Bath, Popham Beach State Park is 500+ acres of gorgeous land with much to do. The Kennebec and Morse Rivers form the borders of a beautiful beach, where swimming, sunbathing, and picnicking fill the summer afternoons. Bring some sandwiches and some Shipyards and your day is sure to be well spent.