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Old Orchard Beach Community Information and Vacation Guide


In addition to on-the-beach theme parks and a 700 foot long pier above the Atlantic Ocean tides, Old Orchard Beach's main attraction is its seven miles long, sandy beach. Maine has a tidal shoreline of 3,478 miles, of those only 35 are sandy beach. Old Orchard Beach has the largest share of any location in Maine. The beach stretches from Pine Point south to Camp Ellis. Old Orchard Beach has been repeatedly voted "Maine's Best Beach" by the state's residents.

Old Orchard Beach

Old Orchard Beach takes its name from an orchard that was once located on some high ground in the area. Sailors used the orchard as a landmark. Old Orchard Beach's potential as a summer resort area was recognized early and the first inn opened in 1820, the same year Maine became a state. For many years, Old Orchard Beach served as a vacation place for America's rich and famous, including the Kennedys. It is rumored that Joe Kennedy first kissed Rose on Old Orchard Beach, under the pier.

Old Orchard Beach is a true family resort - there's something for everyone in this Maine paradise!

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