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.

Kayak Beach

Kayak Beach

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 Museum and Lodge on Peaks Island
8th Maine Museum & Lodge

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.

Peaks Island House
The Peaks Island House

Close to the ferry dock, Peaks Island House has views across the water toward Portland. Rooms have private baths, and there is also a cottage with a small kitchen.

Inn on Peaks
The Inn on Peaks Island

Situated at the crossroads just up from the ferry dock, the Inn is a popular venue for weddings. It has lovely guest rooms and a restaurant that serves lunch and dinner.

Schooner Wendameen sailing in Whitehead Passage

There are numerous listings on Peaks Island. Distances to the ferry will help you decide whether to bring a car to the island.

"There are no shortcuts to anyplace worth going."    Anonymous