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Southwest-Harbor Maine, is located on Mount Desert Island at the southwestern entrance to Somes Sound, the only natural fjord on the east coast of the United States. It is often referred to as the quiet side of the island because it has a slower pace and is an easy distance from the more tourist oriented town of Bar Harbor, which is located on the northeast side of the island. Southwest Harbor has a population of approximately 1,900 and has a great mix of shops, galleries and fine eateries that feature fresh lobsters right off the boat. With its' location on Mount Desert Island which encompasses Acadia National Park, Southwest Harbor enjoys spectacular coastal scenery and a wide variety of outdoor recreational opportunities. Access to the nearby offshore islands by boat can also be found in Southwest Harbor. The town's growth and development has always been closely linked with the sea, and Southwest Harbor is home to some great yacht builders known for their excellent workmanship. Another place of interest is the Wendell Gilley Museum of Bird Carving, which features the fine work of world famous artist Wendell Gilley. Southwest Harbor typifies the romantic image of New England seafaring coastal towns that consistently attracts visitors to Mount Desert Island year after year.

Surrounding areas: Northeast Harbor, Maine (2.0 mi), Tremont, Maine (2.4 mi), Seawall, Maine (2.5 mi), Bernard, Maine (3.2 mi), Acadia, Maine (4.0 mi), Mount Desert Island, Maine (4.7 mi), Somesville, Maine (5.5 mi)

Southwest Harbor Vacation Rentals

Southwest Harbor Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Bar Harbor Quality Inn40 Kebo StBar Harbor, ME8.7 mi.(207) 288-5403
Wonder View Inn50 Eden StBar Habor, ME9.2 mi.(207) 288-3358
Atlantic Oakes119 Eden StBar Harbor, ME9.3 mi.(207) 288-5801
Best Western InnRR 2 Box 1127Bar Harbor, ME9.4 mi.(207) 288-5823
Fairfield Inn125 Eden StBar Harbor, ME9.4 mi.(207) 288-8983
Fairfield Inn325 Eden StBar Harbor, ME9.4 mi.(207) 288-8883
Holiday Inn Sun Spree Resort-bar Harbor123 Eden StBar Harbor, ME9.4 mi.(207) 288-9723
Snell House21 Atlantic AveBar Harbor, ME9.6 mi.(207) 288-8004
Colonial Travelodge321 High StEllsworth, ME17.8 mi.(207) 667-5548
Holiday Inn-ellsworth-acadia NTL Park215 High StEllsworth, ME18.1 mi.(207) 667-9341
Comfort Inn130 High StEllsworth, ME18.2 mi.(207) 667-1345
Best Western Jed Prouty Inn64 MainBucksport, ME29.8 mi.(207) 464-3113

Southwest Harbor Weather & Climate

"Downeast Maine," along the Atlantic Seacoast, has a variable climate that can change quickly at any time. This area, which includes the Acadia National Park and Mount Desert Island, has four distinct seasons where summer temperatures can range from 45 degrees F to 85 degrees F. Fog is quite common during the summer months, as well, but there is also plenty of sunshine. Spring and fall temperatures vary from 30 degrees F to 70 degrees F. You may also encounter rain in any month, and ice storms are regular in the winter and early spring. The Maine coastal climate is ranked second to only the Pacific Northwest in annual precipitation. Average annual rainfall is 48 inches and average annual snowfall is 61 inches. Snow tends to melt quickly along the coast - more continuous snow can be found inland.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 31°F 10°F 5.94 in. 38°F
February 34°F 13°F 4.52 in. 36°F
March 41°F 22°F 5.46 in. 38°F
April 52°F 32°F 4.93 in. 44°F
May 65°F 42°F 4.53 in. 50°F
June 74°F 51°F 4.10 in. 56°F
July 79°F 57°F 3.38 in. 60°F
August 78°F 56°F 2.93 in. 63°F
September 69°F 48°F 4.42 in. 58°F
October 57°F 38°F 4.86 in. 55°F
November 47°F 28°F 6.42 in. 52°F
December 36°F 16°F 5.81 in. 44°F

Southwest Harbor Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Hancock County Bar Harbor airport (BHB) located about 11 miles north of Southwest Harbor in Bar Harbor, Maine, the Knox County Regional airport (RKD) located approximately 41 miles west of Southwest Harbor in Rockland, Maine, the Bangor International airport (BGR) located roughly 43 miles northwest of Southwest Harbor in Bangor, Maine, the Waterville Robert Lafleur airport (WVL) located around 68 miles west of Southwest Harbor in Waterville, Maine, and finally the Augusta State airport (AUG) located about 72 miles west of Southwest Harbor in Augusta, Maine.

Southwest Harbor Attractions

Water Parks
Odyssey Water ParkTrentonME11.0 mi.
Aquaboggan Water SlideSacoME118.4 mi.
Golf Courses
Causeway ClubSouthwest HarborME 
Northeast Harbor Golf ClubNortheast HarborME2.0 mi.
Kebo Valley ClubBar HarborME9.2 mi.
Grindstone Neck Golf CourseWinter HarborME13.6 mi.
Bar Harbor Golf CourseEllsworthME14.4 mi.
Island Country ClubSunsetME19.4 mi.
White Birches Country ClubEllsworthME21.4 mi.
Castine Golf ClubCastineME24.8 mi.
Bucksport Golf ClubBucksportME29.5 mi.
Ski Areas
Camden SnowbowlCamdenME36.9 mi.
Sugarloaf USAKingfieldME101.3 mi.
Big SquawGreenvilleME102.2 mi.
Black MountainRumfordME111.4 mi.
Mount AbramLocke MillsME117.7 mi.
Shawnee PeakBridgtonME119.3 mi.
State Parks
Lamoine State ParkME11.7 mi. 
Fort Point State ParkME26.9 mi. 
Moose Point State ParkME32.0 mi. 
Camden Hills State ParkME34.8 mi. 
Owls Head State ParkME37.8 mi. 
Farnsworth Art MuseumRocklandME40.7 mi.(Art)

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