If you’re looking to get the most out of your Wells Beach vacation, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve got the goods on what to do.


For the uninitiated, Wells Beach is the hidden gem of the Maine Seacoast. Forever in the shadow of the bustling York Beaches, hip Ogunquit Beach, and tony Kennebunkport, Wells Beach offers an alternative. It’s typically less crowded than those other beaches. It’s also a bit smaller and a bit quieter, yet there’s plenty to do in Wells proper when you need a day away from the beach.


I’ve been vacationing in Wells with my family since I was in grade school. For one week each summer, we head up Rt. 1 to relax in a rental on the Webhannet River. That’s the special thing about the beaches in Wells: they’re bordered by the Webhannet River and its surrounding wetlands. So, as I’ll share below, you get the sunrise on the beach side, and the sunset on the river side.


Wells Beach is my happy place. When I was growing up, our week vacations there were what I looked forward to most every year. Continuing the tradition with my own kids as they’ve grown up has further deepened my love for the place. Shout out to my folks, who’ve secured the weekly rental every year for the last 30+ years and made sure we have a great place to stay.


15 Wells Beach Vacation Tips from a Seasoned Pro

Let me put my expertise to work for you. I’m going to walk you through a typical week in Wells below, full of the fun and traditions my family and I have shared over the years. I hope they’ll come in handy whether you’re planning on spending a week at the beach, a long weekend, or just daytripping.

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