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  • Gooch's Beach looking east from Oaks Neck.- Gooch's Beach
  • A family of waterfowl swim near the western shore.- Gooch's Beach
  • Gooch's Beach.- Gooch's Beach
  • Gooch's Beach.- Gooch's Beach
  • New surfers enjoy lessons among the waves. - Gooch's Beach
  • The beach is quite popular in the summer.- Gooch's Beach
  • The Narragansett By the Sea condominium and Oaks Neck anchor the western edge of Gooch's Bach.- Gooch's Beach
  • Sun umbrellas line the base of the wood-clad sea wall.- Gooch's Beach
  • Gooch's Beach.- Gooch's Beach
  • Looking upstream the Kennebunk River from the west jetty.- Gooch's Beach
  • The west jetty of the Kennebunk River.- Gooch's Beach
  • Kennebunk River from the jetty. - Gooch's Beach
  • The Kennebunk River is a busy thoroughfare for boats.- Gooch's Beach
  • Gooch's Beach looking west from the jetty.- Gooch's Beach
  • - Gooch's Beach
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Surfing.
Cons: 
Parking. Large crowds.
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Region:
Greater Portland + Maine Beaches, ME
Congestion: 
High
Location type: 
Sandy beach
Rocky shore
Parking Pass: 
Parking Permit
Current Local Weather:
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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In the picturesque Kennebunk area of coastal Maine sits a trio of diverse beaches: Mother’s Beach, Middle Beach, and Gooch’s Beach. Gooch’s Beach, also known as Long Beach, is the largest and most popular of the three beaches.

Sandwiched between the mouth of the Kennebunk River and a rocky outcropping called Oaks Neck, Gooch’s white sand and good surf draw many visitors in the summer months. From surfing and other wave sports to sunbathing, walking laps on the 0.6-mile length of beach, and fishing for bass off of the jetty in the busy Kennebunk River, Gooch’s Beach accommodates a variety of activities.

In the summer, dogs are welcome on Gooch’s Beach before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m. from June 15 until Labor Day. From Labor Day until June 14, dogs are welcome all day. Dogs should always be within voice control or on a leash.

Parking in the area is very limited and by permit only. Parking can be found along Beach Avenue in parallel fashion all the way around Oaks Neck to the end of Middle Beach. Non-residents must purchase a permit at one of the parking kiosks along Beach Avenue. A day pass for a single vehicle costs $25.00.

Tip: Parking spots are usually plentiful before 10:30 a.m.

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