The coastal village of Goose Rocks Beach features three miles of white sandy beaches and plenty of Goose Rocks Beach vacation rentals from which to choose. From the Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge to the Seashore Trolley Museum, their village offers plenty of things to see and do when staying in the area. Rent a sailboat and try your hand on the open waters, or take a trolley tour downtown and learn about the history of the area. Stroll through St. Anthony’s Monastery or hold your wedding at Saint Ann’s Church. The village has many different shops for finding gifts for family, or you can sample the world-famous Maine lobster rolls at one of the downtown restaurants.

1. Kennebunkport

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Located in York County, Maine, Kennebunkport is home to Goose Rocks Beach. This coastal town is renowned for being the summer home of former President George H.W. Bush. Take a kayak tour on the Kennebunk River, and stop at one of the local restaurants for fresh lobster. Take a lobster boat cruise and learn what it takes to fish for lobster. Most shops are dog-friendly, so guide your dog on a foodie tour to sample a variety of dog treats or purchase designer gear to relax in at your vacation rental.

2. Biddeford

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The site of the University of New England, Biddeford is the commercial center of York County, Maine. The downtown historic district attracts visitors from all over the region, and a number of the properties are listed on the National Register of Historic places. Go sunbathing on Fortunes Rock Beach or purchase gifts and specialty items at one of the unique gift shops along the boardwalk. For those with vacation rentals close by, there are sightseeing tours and many restaurants to visit.

3. Turbats Creek

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Located in Kennebunkport, Turbats Creek is the perfect place for kayaking and canoeing. The water is smooth and there are miles of shorelines for picnicking and relaxing. Located just 7 miles south of Goose Rocks Beach, Turbats Creek is located near Docks Square, perfect for an afternoon out of the vacation rental by searching the shops for something new or grab a bite to eat.

4. Little River

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The perfect place to stay in a vacation rental, Little River is an 18.8-mile lone tributary that connects to the Presumpscot River. Go trout fishing from the banks or float down the water on a canoe. There are plenty of trails for hiking, and if you want to escape your vacation rental for the day, head to the Little River Lighthouse and climb to the top to view the water from a different vantage point. Visit the Little River Farm to view many different flowers of the region, and you can pick your own bouquet for your table setting.

5. Cape Porpoise

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Cape Porpoise is a small coastal village located in the town of Kennebunkport. The village lies adjacent to the Cape Porpoise harbor, which holds more than a dozen islands. Choose a vacation rental near the Cape and visit the Goat Island Lighthouse, or spend time walking along the shore collecting shells and enjoying the view. Schedule a private event at Atlantic Hall or spend time during the week wandering the shelves in the town library.

6. Old Orchard Beach

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For those who prefer a little more activity, Old Orchard Beach is the place for vacation rentals. Located just to the north of Goose Rocks, Old Orchard Beach features a large pier for shopping and fishing and the Palace Playland amusement park right on the water’s edge. Take in 18 holes of golf at one of the local golf courses or families can choose putt putt for fun. This seven-mile stretch of beach is the place to go for body surfing, swimming and grabbing at bite to eat on the strip.

7. Cape Neddick

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Cape Neddick is a small town south of Goose Rocks. This quaint town hosts sandy beaches and quiet and relaxing atmosphere. Leave the vacation rental early with your clubs and hit the links as the Goose Rocks is the perfect place to go for a game of golf. When the tide is low, you can explore the tidal pools and enjoy the rocks. The Cape Neddick Lighthouse at Soheir Park is also a must-see when staying at a vacation rental in the area.

8. Bald Head

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A tiny village in York County, Bald Head is the place to go if you like hiking. The tall cliffs offer a challenging climb, and if lucky, spot the bald eagles that call the cliffs home. Plan your trip away from your vacation rental by exploring the Squirrel point Lighthouse or plan on watching a sunset on the water.

9. York Cliffs

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Located near the York River, York Cliffs has an abundance of trails for those looking for something to do after checking into your vacation rental. The cliff walk is for the advanced hiker, and the harbor is a great place to go for boating. Walk across one of the world’s smallest suspension bridges and marvel over the beautiful water.