Let me get right to the point. I would rather visit a beach in Maine in the winter than the summer.

You might think that is crazy, and maybe it is. However, not to me. I would rather spend time on a freezing cold beach in the middle of January than an entire beautiful day in July.

No, I'm not just writing this to be contradictory, it's pure fact, and there are a number of reasons why this is the case.

First off, nothing ruins a beach more than people.

Don't get me wrong, I'm a people person, an extrovert through and through. But I'm also a sneaky hardcore Biophile. I'll take a quiet remote day out in the wild over a night out in Portland. This includes a quiet, empty, desolate day on a Maine beach. Considering this isn't possible in the summer, I guess the winter will do.

A winter beach experience is beautiful, incredibly dog-friendly, and did I mention quiet? Plus, parking is very easy, considering there's no competition with tourists for spaces.

Honestly, I'm not sure what is better about a summer beach day?

Catching rays? More like catching cancer.

Swimming? Yeah, let's go swimming in 55-degree water. Sounds great! I'll skip that and swim in a warm lake.

Dogs not being allowed? What a miserable rule.

I'm starting to wonder why I ever consider going to the beach in the summer. What actually is better?

I can tell you what's better in the winter. In fact, there are numerous reasons why the beach is a much better place in the colder months than in the summer. You can find them below.

It's time to join the winter beach movement. I know your dog wants to.

11 Reasons Why Winter Is the Best Season to Go to the Beach in Maine

Who says the beach isn't fun int the winter? In fact, it might be better to visit in the colder months. Here are some reasons why.

Gallery Credit: Nicole Todd

The Most Visited Maine State Parks in 2023

Here are the 20 most visited Maine state parks and historic sites in 2022, according to the Maine Bureau of Parks and Land.

Note: Baxter State Park has private reservations and numbers. You will not see it on this public list.

Gallery Credit: Chris Sedenka