Lobster rolls, miles of craggy coastline, old-timey ice cream parlors and quaint inns all make Maine a must-visit summer destination. Naturally, such stellar selling points earn the Pine Tree State an abundance of visitors during the warmer months. This year, instead of fighting with fellow beachgoers for a spot in the sand, why not seek out a more secluded stretch of shoreline? Even such a storied seaside escape has some hidden gems that have yet to be discovered by the masses. You just have to know where to look. Ahead, the best beaches in Maine that promise an unforgettable day of sea, sun and surf, without all the crowds.

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1. BIRCH POINT STATE PARK BEACH, ME

Birch Point State Park Beach in Owls Head doesn’t really come up on top ten lists (until now). However, this overlooked crescent of tranquility, soft sand and gentle tides definitely deserves a bit more fanfare than it gets. Need more proof? Envision shaded spots for picnics and boulders to climb if you’re feeling particularly adventurous. Add to that epic panoramas of Mussel Ridge Islands. You might even spy a lobster boat. We rest our case.

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2. JASPER BEACH, ME

An ecological gem situated south of Machiasport, Jasper Beach entices in-the-know visitors with its colorful pebbles and serene ambiance. It’s also a terrific place for peeping wildlife. Wondering how to make the most of your time? Carve out a few hours to stroll the empty shoreline and gaze at the majestic migratory birds. Don’t leave without picking up some souvenir stones and driftwood.

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3. LAUDHOLM BEACH, ME

We absolutely love the dramatic coastline of Maine, but if you’re seeking something a bit, well, less rocky, consider heading to the 2,250-acre Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve. Follow the scenic Knight Trail to Barrier Beach Trail to Laudholm Beach. Soak in the splendor of grass meadows, cinematic Mount Agamenticus and aspen groves and marshlands on the trek. While the ultimate reward—solitude, salty breezes, soft sand, seashells and glistening tidal pools—awaits at Laudholm Beach.

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4. SEAWALL BEACH, ME

You probably haven’t heard of Phippsburg (truth be told, it wasn’t on our radar until research started for this article). Just outside this low-key town an hour’s drive from Portland is a destination worth the detour. Follow the lightly trafficked, hilly trail over Morse Mountain to Seawall Beach. In approximately 45 minutes, you’ll arrive at a peaceful slice of coastline with gorgeous dune views and rocks to rest. Afterward, treat yourself to a well-deserved beer and some steamers at Spinneys.

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5. PENNESSEEWASSEE BEACH, ME

Who says a beach must be lapped by ocean waves? That’s far too narrow a definition if you ask us. Especially when lovely spots like Pennesseewassee Beach exist. Perched on the shores of Norway Lake, this idyllic idol provides a serene and wonderfully shaded setting for a splendid day. If you’re keen on swimming or busting out that pool float that’s been collecting dust in the attic since last year, the warm gentle waters certainly won’t disappoint.

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6. BARRED ISLAND PRESERVE, ME

One way Mother Nature guards her most exquisite earthly phenomena? Keeping them cleverly hidden. Case in point: the secret beach at Barred Island Preserve. During high tide, it’s entirely concealed. So, what does that mean for visitors? You’ll need to keep a close eye on the tidal tables and the clock in order to tick this tranquil treasure off your bucket list. Wondering how to get there? Just follow the moss-covered path for about a mile.

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7. DUNN POINT, ME

Another scenic coastal destination with no ocean in sight. Nestled within Lily Bay State Park and perched on the eastern edge of the frosty, 246-foot-deep Moosehead Lake, Dunn Point is a refreshing place to take a dip after a sweaty hike. It also offers spectacular vistas of Sugar Island and the Misery Ridge, plus a deep sense of privacy. Though it’s remote, there are still plenty of amenities such as picnic tables, grills and nearby campsites.

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8. SANDY POINT BEACH, ME

Despite being one of a handful of sandy swaths in the Midcoast Maine region, this under-rated respite from the hustle and bustle still doesn’t get the credit it deserves. Though, it’s not like that’s such a big thing. If more people knew about Sandy Point Beach it wouldn’t be such a sublime setting for sunbathing, swimming, strolling and seaside picnics. With any luck, you might even witness some ospreys nesting.

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9. BARRED HARBOR BEACH, ME

Down to venture way off the beaten path? We’ve got the perfect pick for you. Tucked away within the most isolated, rugged and arguably resplendent section of Acadia National Park is Isle au Haut. That’s where you’ll find a rarely visited slice of paradise called Barred Harbor Beach. Accessible via Goat Trail, this rocky cove plays host to red-winged blackbirds, great blue heron, common yellowthroats and the occasional serenity-seeking hiker.

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10. ROQUE BLUFFS STATE PARK, ME

Not just one of the most beautiful and quiet hidden beaches in Maine but the entire country, Roque Bluffs State Park ranks among the last remaining seaside escapes where it’s actually possible to spend the entire day without seeing another living soul (save, perhaps, your travel companion). Seriously! The dramatic cliffs, pebbly-clad coast, glacial striations, gentle waves and views of Englishman Bay feel very much like a for-your-eyes-only situation. Don’t believe us? Go and see for yourself.

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