With roughly 3550 residents, Kennebunkport is a small seaside town that caters to tourists and specifically wealthier vacationers, and is one of the wealthiest towns in Maine. It is home to Walker’s Point, the summer home of George H.W. Bush. The town centers around Dock Square, where you can find quaint shops, inns, sailing/whale watching cruises and restaurants. It also is home to some of the most picturesque beaches like Goose Rocks and the Cape Porpoise area. “KBPT” shares a school district with neighbors Kennebunk and Arundel. The real estate market remains healthy in the Kennebunkport/Kennebunk region.

Walking, Biking & Driving

Ocean Avenue and Goose Rocks Beach offer over 8-11 miles of beautiful scenery for walks or bike rides. Park your car and never use it while enjoying your visit here!

The Scene

Kennebunkport is a hot summer destination for both out of area tourists and New Englanders who want a memorable day trip. However, it also is high on our list of best Seacoast towns to retire. Just a 30-minute drive from Portsmouth, NH, it offers an escape for those who want a quieter lifestyle in the off-season. It also hosts its annual Christmas Prelude in December. From fine dining to lobster shacks and marinas, there is something to satisfy everyone in the foodie category. Earth at Hidden Pond, David’s KPT, Mabel’s Lobster Claw, Alisson’s Restaurant, Tide’s Beach Club, Bandaloop, and Arundel Wharf are some of KBPT’s best dining spots. The Captain Jefferd Inn, Breakwater Inn & Spa, Nonantum Resort, and Tides Beach Club are a few of the best hotels and inns to stay. Activities range from water sports, boating, biking, and museums including the Seashore Trolley Museum.

The Backstory

Kennebunkport was first incorporated in 1663 as “Cape Porpus”, and then was subsequently named, Arundel, which is currently a neighboring town. It wasn’t until 1821 that it was renamed Kennebunkport, similar to Kennebunk, as a local shipbuilding and trade community. In the late 1800s, the area became a popular vacation area and Goose Rocks and Cape Porpoise emerged.