A Guide to Ogunquit, Maine

A Guide to Ogunquit, Maine

As Kyle and I made our way up the coast of Maine, our first stop was in the coastal town of Ogunquit. While it wasn’t our favorite stop on the trip, Ogunquit had several spots that wheedled their way into our hearts. Even if it was a tad too touristy for us, it was still Maine – which means it was full of rugged coastlines, friendly people, and (of course!) lobster.

The Campground: Dixon’s Coastal Maine Campground

Dixon’s Coastal Maine Campground is located about 10 minutes directly in between Ogunquit and York. While the campground is mostly comprised of RV sites, the tent site we were at still felt private and separate from the RV sites. I hate camping when you’re piled up next to a million other campers (especially when they’re RVs), so I was so relieved that our site was not at all like that. If you’re looking for a remote tent site, site #9 was by far the best one (and where we ended up!). Some of the other tent sites weren’t quite as private, so book carefully.

At about $35 a night, Dixon’s Coastal Campground was the priciest of our campgrounds for the trip, but it was still much less than many of the surrounding campgrounds I was finding—some were over $60 a night. That’s insane! Dixon’s Campground did have running water (including all the toilets) and hot showers for a quarter, and both were exceptionally clean. It also has a pool and Wi-Fi at the campground office – neither of which we used.

Dixon's Coastal Maine Campground -- Site 9

The Things to Do

Cape Neddick Nubble Lighthouse

This is a pretty lighthouse surrounded by fantastic coastline you can explore. We went at sunset when we first arrived and could have stared at the ocean for hours. Fox’s Lobster House is on the peninsula near the lighthouse with options to eat inside the restaurant or order at an outdoor counter mere feet away from the lighthouse. The food is good—not great—but the location is perfect.

Cape Neddick Nubble Lighthouse in York, Maine

Ogunquit Beach

Ogunquit Beach is actually a 3+ mile peninsula parallel to the shore that is accessible at two locations. It’s a surprisingly gorgeous beach with lovely white sand and cold Atlantic water. It looked like a Florida beach – just much colder!

Sunny skies and white sand at Ogunquit Beach

 

York Beach

This beach is much smaller than the Ogunquit Beach, but that also means it’s less crowded. We walked along the beach at sunset enjoying the cool (okay, freezing cold) ocean breeze.

Jumping like a crazy person on York Beach in Maine
So full of grace and class.
Jumping in the air on York Beach at night
That’s better???

Marginal Way

This is a mile long path with fantastic cliff views that connects Perkins Cove to Ogunquit. We choose to park in Perkins Cove to explore the area, and then walk to path to Ogunquit. This saved us from moving our car and paying for parking a second time. It’s a stunning path, even it if is hugely crowded.

Perkins Cove, near the start of the Marginal Way in Maine
Perkins Cove, near the start of the Marginal Way
Bright blue ocean water from Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Maine
Views from Marginal Way

The Places to Run

Marginal Way

Only if you’re early enough, because it gets mega crowded! If you start from Perkins Cove, there’s free parking before 8:00. Then, when you get to Ogunquit you can just keep running on the roads when the trail ends. The crowds are a bummer, but the views are spectacular.

Highway 1A from Cape Neddick

If you head south on Highway 1A out of Cape Neddick, you’ll have a road with wide shoulders and lovely ocean views. If you make it to the town of York Harbor (about 3.5 miles away), turn left on 103 to cross over a cute little bridge and keep going. You’ll lose your ocean views, but it’s still a nice road to run.

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