No visit to Washington County would be complete without discovering the beauty of the beaches that form the boundary between the ocean and the land.
Long regular rows of blackening seaweed mark the passage of each tide. At the highest tide mark, just above the last row of seaweed you can see jumbled piles of driftwood, smoothed by the action of the sea.
And at the very lowest tide level, hidden in the deep fissures of the rocky sea beaches are the tidal pools – quiet islands of marine life separated by only a few feet from the pounding surf that offer a microcosm of the vast ocean.
There are multitudes of beaches to explore in the area (with some of the most unique aspects): Within a 40-mile ride you can discover beaches of three different colors: at Perry the sand is a deep red; at Bailey’s Mistake the beach is made of black volcanic sand and at Great Beach in Jonesport the sand is a pure white! Here are just a few others to get you started in the swimming and beach combing arenas:
|Ballast Island Ledge||Jonesport|
|Big Sand Beach||Dark Cove Mountain|
|Campbell Shore||Big Lake|
|Davis Beach||Machias Bay|
|Dawn Marie Beach||Grand Lake Stream|
|Grays Beach||Roque Bluffs|
|Hold Shore||Big Lake|
|Roque Bluffs Beach||Roque Bluffs|
|Roque Island Ledge||Jonesport|
|Sandy River Beach||Jonesport|