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Boothbay Harbor, Maine is the principal town in a region of peninsulas wedded to the sea. Other towns include Boothbay, Boothbay Harbor, East Boothbay, Southport, and Ocean Point.




North and east of Portland, the Maine coastline is a choppy succession of peninsulas, estuaries, islands, and river outlets (map).

Reaching Boothbay's towns means driving down a peninsular road for quite a number of miles to the tip, and upon departure driving back up to US 1—few bridges or causeways span the inlets or rivers. More...

The sea dominates the panorama, the history and the culture of the Boothbay region. It's easy to see these peninsulas and islands as "land boats" nearly adrift in the Atlantic.

The character of the towns reflects this: hills crowd the shore, streets are narrow (wide enough for walkers, narrow for cars, and no place to park). Hotels, motels, inns and B&Bs are everywhere, many with fine sea views. More...

Boothbay has always been big on boats: boatbuilding, fishing boats, boats for reaching the islands, and now boats for taking coastal cruises.

Although boats and the sea are still important to Boothbay's economy, tourism now crowds its narrow streets with summer and autumn visitors who come for its good seafood restaurants, fine old inns or homey guesthouses, coastal vistas, and a real Maine experience.

Here's what to see and do in Boothbay Harbor.

—by Tom Brosnahan

Where to Stay in Boothbay

What to See & Do

Boothbay Transportation

Tourist Information




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