This is one of the most unique places to photograph and visit. Follow along with me and see why Bailey Island, Maine has long been a sea glass hunters paradise. I will show you everything you need to know to find wave tumbled sea glass at Lands' End Beach, see my photos of what I found. Walk the most scenic beach trails and hunt for sea glass treasure in romantic Harpswell, Maine.
All About the Beach
Bailey Island is about an hour and half drive from Portland, Maine and so worth it. Be sure to walk or drive across the Cribstone Bridge, the only one of its kind in the world!. The bridge connects the islands of Bailey Island and Orr's Island in the town of Harpswell. It was built in 1927. The narrow bridge is made entirely of large stacked granite blocks and held together by gravity alone, yet still allow the strong currents and tides to ebb and flow freely thru the open cells. It's truly one of a kind!
At the southern most tip of the island is Lands' End Beach, a famous rocky beach at the end of the island, you literally can't drive any further. You will find a large parking lot, portable restrooms, Land's End Gift Shop, a huge shop loaded with several well priced items, many made in Maine. Relax in the Adirondack chairs on the large deck in front of the gift shop and enjoy the dramatic views. Depending what time of year you visit you may find the whole front of the deck is covered in gorgeous Lupine flowers. Between the gift shop and the ocean there is a bronze memorial statue dedicated to the fisherman who live and die by the sea.
Where Do You Find Sea Glass
Just past the parking lot you will see little steps that lead down to the beautiful rocky coastline with its breathtaking views. It's a smallish sandy beach with some piles of pebbles and gentle waves when the weather is calm. We arrived late in the day as the tide was coming in, so we may have had a bit less beach to explore but we still managed to find several nice pieces of wave tumbled sea glass. We found the cobalt blue and the lavender sea glass with in a few minutes of stepping on the sand.
This beach is said to have a lot of sea glass at low tide so for the best chance to find sea glass be sure to check the tide charts and plan to arrive an hour or two before low tide.
What You Need to Know
This has got to be the best location to work! It was already closed for the day, but I had a peek inside the windows. Land's End Gift Shop is huge with two floors of souvenirs and goods, many are locally made in Maine, items like sea glass lamps, stained glass window decorations and plenty of other nautical decor and apparel. It's also a great chance to relax after a long drive on the deck of this gorgeous spot in one of their Adirondack chairs and enjoy the breeze. 2391 Harpswell Islands Rd, Bailey Island, ME
Getting to Lands' End Beach
Once you get on to Harpswell Rd. it will literally end at the beach.