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Pine Point Beach is just what you need to relax

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Pine Point Beach off of Rt. 9 in Scarborough is one of Maine's most popular beaches for just plain relaxing. It has plenty of room for the overflow of beach goers to spread out and drink in the sound of the rolling surf, even at high tide. This clean restful stretch of beach extends from Old Orchard Beach to the Jetty at the mouth of the Scarborough River. There are opportunities for free parking along East Grand Ave and Jones Creek Drive, as well as a $10 fee charged town parking lot on the corner of King and Avenue 5. The town parking lot comes complete with restrooms and outdoor showers, as well as Emma's Eat's, a snack shack. Parking is free before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m.

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Leashed dogs are allowed on the beach prior to 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m., as long as owners clean up after their pets. This is a popular beach for dog walking because it is fairly flat, and the stretch of open beach at low tide is significant. Other common activities here are kite flying, kite surfing, bocce ball, Frisbee, football, and kids of all ages using bodyboards and skimboards. In the fall you can also see kite boarding on the beach at low tide as well as the popular horseback riders seen on most weekends there.

It is common to see walkers and joggers who have a daily routine along the beach. There's nothing like the ocean breeze and cool shallow water to keep the heat at bay when exercising. When you have all of the destractions of the ever changing surf, the people watching, and the water activities, it's easy to forget you're out there walking or jogging for the exercise.

Because there is plenty of room for everyone to spread out, this beach is popular for families. With a less crowded beach, it's much easier to watch the children in the water. Those small persons with little hands and big imaginations are busy building dozens of sand castles every day of the summer at Pine Point Beach. It's refreshing to see kids being active. Without a smartphone or T.V. in sight, they are able to discover the outdoors again.

And lastly, there are countless singles, couples, and friends there every day, just soaking in the rays, the sounds of the waves crashing, and that mesmerizing view of the bay. Come on down for an afternoon, we promise you'll be back. It's habit forming, for sure.

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