How to find us
Portland, Maine is 100 miles north of Boston and approximately one hour driving time from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. If you are arriving from the South, take the Maine Turnpike, I-95 N to I-295 N via EXIT 44. Get off at Franklin Street via EXIT 7. Continue for 1 mile. Franklin Street will T onto Commercial Street. Straight ahead is the Casco Bay Lines Ferry Terminal parking garage. Go around the north (left) side of this brick 4-story parking garage; the terminal is on the right, behind the garage. Leave yourself at least 15 minutes extra time, as ferries leave on schedule.
Our beach is about 200 feet North of the Casco Bay Lines ferry terminal on Peaks Island, which is to your left as you get off the ferry. We are just beyond the old boathouse with dark brown shingles.
Walk up the hill from the ferry, and turn left at the intersection. Proceed through "town", past Hannigan's Island Market and the Cockeyed Gull restaurant. Kayak Beach is down the very steep hill to your left.
Lodging on Peaks Island
8th Maine is a Peaks Island landmark and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It has simple guest rooms with shared bathrooms and a large shared kitchen. From the huge wrap-around porch, you can enjoy spectacular views across Whitehead Passage. The Lodge is on the National Register of Historic Places and supports natural and sustainable practices, including an award winning clothes line for drying and airing clothing and bedding.
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