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Matinicus-Island is located approximately 20 miles from the mainland of Maine and is not for those looking for a lot of action or nightlife. There is a distinct sense of isolation on the island, and according to the 2000 census, the population on the whole island is only 51 adults. Therefore, if you are looking for a place with plenty of space and peace and quiet, Matinicus Island is for you. There are a few amenities on Matinicus Island, but it's not set up for tourists, so don't expect a lot in the way of restaurants, shops or children's attractions. This is a place to relax and enjoy the sunrise in the morning, walk to the docks and watch the fishermen steaming out to sea, or to visit the local farmer's market for fresh produce and bakery items. There are other things to do, such as hiking on paths through the woods or walking along the beach (which is usually deserted,) swimming, fishing and taking a boat ride to nearby Criehaven Island and Matinicus Rock Island to see the puffins. Transportation to the island from the mainland is by state ferry, private boats and airplane. This is a true island getaway, and provides an ideal environment for those seeking a place for inner reflection or quiet solitude.

Surrounding areas: Vinalhaven, Maine (13.2 mi), Owls Head, Maine (17.5 mi), Tenants Harbor, Maine (18.0 mi), North Haven/Vinalhaven Islands, Maine (18.4 mi), Port Clyde, Maine (18.4 mi), Isle au Haut, Maine (19.6 mi), Rockland, Maine (20.3 mi)

Matinicus Island Vacation Rentals

Matinicus Island Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
East Wind InnTenants Harbor, ME17.2 mi.(207) 372-6366
Navigator Motor Inn520 Main StRockland, ME20.0 mi.(207) 594-2131
Samoset Resort220 Warrenton StRockport, ME20.6 mi.(800) 341-1650
Hampton Inn & Suites - Rockland Maine190 New County RdThomaston, ME20.7 mi.(207) 594-6644
Blackberry Inn82 Elm StCamden, ME25.3 mi.(207) 236-6060
Black Horse InnUS Rt 1 - Atlantic HwyCamden, ME25.4 mi.(207) 236-6800
Lodge At Camden HillsCamden, ME25.4 mi.(207) 236-8478
Camden Riverhouse Hotel & Inns11 Tannery LnCamden, ME25.5 mi.(207) 236-0500
MT Battie MotelRR 3 Box 570Lincolnville, ME29.5 mi.(207) 236-3870
Bed & Breakfast
Lakeshore Inn Bed & Breakfast184 Lakeview DrRockland, ME21.6 mi.(207) 594-4209

Matinicus Island Weather & Climate

The southern coast of Maine near the Penobscot Bay has very comfortable summers and falls, cold winters with frequent thaws and late, changeable springs. Summers are mild to cool by most people's standards, with very few summer nights too warm and humid for sleeping. Autumn has the greatest number of sunny days along the coast and is perfect for fall sightseeing. Winters are cold, but not as severe as the northeastern part of the state along the Canadian border. The White Mountains, to the northwest, keep considerable snow from reaching the Portland area and also help moderate the temperature. Normal precipitation is remarkably uniform throughout the year. Winds are generally light with the strongest being in the months of March and November. Temperatures well below freezing are reported each year, and cold waves sometimes come along with strong winds. Blizzards are possible but infrequent in Maine.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 32°F 17°F 4.91 in. 38°F
February 34°F 18°F 3.42 in. 36°F
March 41°F 26°F 4.71 in. 38°F
April 49°F 34°F 4.36 in. 44°F
May 58°F 43°F 3.59 in. 49°F
June 66°F 50°F 2.63 in. 55°F
July 72°F 56°F 2.71 in. 59°F
August 71°F 56°F 2.29 in. 62°F
September 65°F 50°F 3.81 in. 57°F
October 55°F 42°F 3.60 in. 54°F
November 46°F 34°F 4.65 in. 52°F
December 37°F 23°F 4.02 in. 44°F

Matinicus Island Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Knox County Regional airport (RKD) located about 17 miles northwest of Matinicus Island in Rockland, Maine, the Hancock County Bar Harbor airport (BHB) located approximately 48 miles northeast of Matinicus Island in Bar Harbor, Maine, the Augusta State airport (AUG) located roughly 54 miles northwest of Matinicus Island in Augusta, Maine, the Waterville Robert Lafleur airport (WVL) located around 60 miles northwest of Matinicus Island in Waterville, Maine, the Bangor International airport (BGR) located about 65 miles north of Matinicus Island in Bangor, Maine, the Auburn Lewiston Municipal airport (LEW) located approximately 70 miles west of Matinicus Island in Auburn / Lewiston, Maine, and finally the Portland International Jetport airport (PWM) located roughly 72 miles west of Matinicus Island in Portland, Maine.

Matinicus Island Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Palace PlaylandOld Orchard BeachME77.9 mi.
Funtown Splashtown U.S.A.SacoME81.3 mi.
Water Parks
Odyssey Water ParkTrentonME47.5 mi.
Aquaboggan Water SlideSacoME81.3 mi.
Water CountryPortsmouthNH108.5 mi.
Golf Courses
Rockland Golf ClubRocklandME20.3 mi.
Goose River Golf ClubRockportME23.6 mi.
Island Country ClubSunsetME25.2 mi.
Ski Areas
Camden SnowbowlCamdenME25.4 mi.
Shawnee PeakBridgtonME91.5 mi.
Black MountainRumfordME95.0 mi.
Mount AbramLocke MillsME97.1 mi.
Sugarloaf USAKingfieldME98.0 mi.
Sunday RiverBethelME101.3 mi.
SaddlebackRangeleyME115.2 mi.
Wildcat MountainJacksonNH115.3 mi.
Big SquawGreenvilleME115.5 mi.
State Parks
Owls Head State ParkME17.3 mi. 
Camden Hills State ParkME29.6 mi. 
Damariscotta Lake State ParkME35.7 mi. 
Fort Edgecomb State ParkME38.6 mi. 
Moose Point State ParkME39.3 mi. 
Farnsworth Art MuseumRocklandME19.8 mi.(Art)

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