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Ogunquit Maine, A Beautiful Place by the Sea

Ogunquit Maine in the spring.  tulips flowers picturesque town

Perkins Cove, in Ogunquit. Photo: Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz, all rights reserved.

On a recent trip to New England we took a drive along the coast of Maine and after visiting the Nubble Lighthouse we stopped at Ogunquit.  Considered as one of the most picturesque small towns in the United States, Ogunquit which means “a beautiful place by the sea” in the language of the local Native Americans also boasts the title of being one of the most walkable towns in New England.   More than 3 miles of sandy beach, postcard perfect views of the sea, and some of the best seafood restaurants in Maine make this idyllic seaside town a favorite place to visit.

Ogunquit Maine in the spring. tulips flowers picturesque town

Tulips and Perkins Cove in the background. Photo: Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz, all rights reserved.

I was lucky to visit in the Spring and as soon as I got out of the car I felt like I was walking into a painting.  We arrived at Perkins Cove, a turn of the century fishing village and parked the car so we could walk around and explore.  The cove was busy with lobster boats and multicolored tulips filled the the gardens of quaint little shops and seafood eateries.

Ogunquit Maine Marginal Way

Ogunquit Maine Marginal Way. Photo: Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz, all rights reserved.

From Perkins Cove we made our way to the Marginal Way, a 1.25 mile walking path that meanders along the rocky coast offering beautiful view of the ocean.  I visited with my friends who live in New England and their kids loved climbing down on the rocks and looking for sea creatures.  Along the path there are lots of benches where you can just sit and enjoy the gorgeous view and the crisp Spring weather.

Ogunquit Maine Marginal Way

Ogunquit Maine, views from the Marginal Way path. Photo: Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz, all rights reserved.

As we walked along I was enjoying the charming little New England houses as much as I was loving the weather and the views.   Before reaching the end of the path, at Ogunquit beach, you will pass by the small Marginal Way lighthouse. The path ends near the Ogunquit Beach, a stretch of 3 1/2 miles of sandy beach.

Ogunquit Maine Marginal Way

Ogunquit Maine Marginal Way. Photo: Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz, all rights reserved.

The views are truly breathtaking and once you have finished your walk along the shore you can take the trolley back and have lunch at one of the many restaurants. Ogunquit is home to some of the finest chefs in New England and it’s the perfect place to enjoy a cup of chowder or a lobster roll.   I had my first lobster roll, ever, at the Jackie’s Too.  According to my friends that lobster rolls where not the best they’d ever had but the views certainly made up for that.

Ogunquit Maine Marginal Way Lobster Roll

Ogunquit Maine Marginal Way Lobster Roll. Photo: Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz, all rights reserved.

The Main Street of Ogunquit is filled with boutiques, shops and cafes and it’s easy to get around on the town’s old fashioned Trolley system.  For over a century artists have felt a special attraction to this picturesque seaside towns and there is an abundance of galleries and craft boutiques as well as one of the finest small museums in America.

About the author

Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

Paula moved from her native Guatemala to SW Florida with her husband and two children and together they are discovering what it means to live life between two languages. Paula studied architecture who now makes a living as a freelance writer, traveler and amateur photographer. She started her writing & publishing career as the editor of Bebé y Mamá, the first parenting magazine in Guatemala. She is the founder of www.GrowingUpBilingual.com and www.365thingsswfl.com and writes articles in Spanish and English for both magazines and the web on travel, food and bicultural and bilingual parenting . When she is not on a plane or road trip she likes to create recipes inspired in the flavors of her native Guatemala.

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  1. Gilda Campos

    Que chevere lugar!. Se ve sensacional para tenerlo en la lista de lugares que debo conocer. Gracias por la recomendación!
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  2. Sandra del Rocio Perez

    En este sitio se vislumbra la naturaleza a flor de piel, definitivo un lugar que tengo que anotar en mi bitácoras de viajes. Gracias por la recomendación.

  3. Adriana Martin

    Belleza de lugar y tus fotos lindisimas!

  4. Diana Rodriguez - Entre Compras y El Hogar

    Beautiful place! Great Pics!
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  5. Desirée

    What I lovely place, Paula. I guess you had a very nice day there!
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  6. Maybelline @ Naturalmente Mamá

    What a gorgeous place! Wow!
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  7. Mayra - Estilo Familiar

    ¡Pero qué precioso! Lucas, mi hijo menor, estuvo estudiando ese área de EU este año y le fascinó los paisajes marinos y la pesca de cangrejos. Es uno de los sitios que quiere disfrutar, especialmente porque diagonalmente es el sitio más lejos de California!!
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  8. Adriana Db (Hogar-Mujer)

    Que bonito lugar, es muy pintoresco, precioso!
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  9. S. Yissele

    Awww… que hermoso lugar! y los tulipanes maravillosos!

    ¡FELIZ DÍA!ॐ
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  10. myrah - Coupon Mamacita

    Absolutely breathtaking!
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