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Swans-Island is located off Mount Desert Island and belongs to a group of islands known as the Burntcoat Group. The Hockamock Head Lighthouse marks the entrance to Burntcoat Harbor on Swans Island. There are three settlements on the island; Atlantic, which is near the ferry landing, Minturn, on the southern coast of the island, and Swans Island Village, also located on the southern coast across from Minturn. Historic Swans Island is named for patriot James Swan, who bought the group of islands in 1784. There is a museum on the island that has exhibits and photographs of the early life and history of Swans Island. Today approximately 350 people live here year-round, including many that are lobster fishermen. This isn't a place to come if you're looking for a lot of shopping or nightlife - but rather it's a place of natural beauty and tranquility, with no shopping malls or movie theaters. Biking is good way to explore the beauty of the island, with many trails along Burntcoat Harbor, the white sand beaches and rocky shoreline, through pine woods and out to the lighthouse where you can stop for an afternoon picnic. The island also has good hiking trails, such as the one to Irish Point, and Goose Pond Mountain or Big Mountain where you'll be treated to a stunning view of the Atlantic Ocean. Swimming, kayaking and canoeing are also available. To reach Swans Island, take the 35-minute ferry ride from Bass Harbor, which is located on the southwest part of Mt. Desert Island.

Surrounding areas: Bass Harbor, Maine (3.8 mi), Frenchboro, Maine (4.3 mi), Bernard, Maine (6.8 mi), Tremont, Maine (7.6 mi), Brooklin, Maine (9.1 mi), Seawall, Maine (9.3 mi), Southwest Harbor, Maine (10.0 mi)

Swans Island Vacation Rentals

Swans Island Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Bar Harbor Quality Inn40 Kebo StBar Harbor, ME18.6 mi.(207) 288-5403
Wonder View Inn50 Eden StBar Habor, ME19.1 mi.(207) 288-3358
Atlantic Oakes119 Eden StBar Harbor, ME19.3 mi.(207) 288-5801
Best Western InnRR 2 Box 1127Bar Harbor, ME19.4 mi.(207) 288-5823
Fairfield Inn125 Eden StBar Harbor, ME19.4 mi.(207) 288-8983
Fairfield Inn325 Eden StBar Harbor, ME19.4 mi.(207) 288-8883
Holiday Inn Sun Spree Resort-bar Harbor123 Eden StBar Harbor, ME19.4 mi.(207) 288-9723
Snell House21 Atlantic AveBar Harbor, ME19.5 mi.(207) 288-8004
Colonial Travelodge321 High StEllsworth, ME25.9 mi.(207) 667-5548
Comfort Inn130 High StEllsworth, ME26.2 mi.(207) 667-1345
Holiday Inn-ellsworth-acadia NTL Park215 High StEllsworth, ME26.2 mi.(207) 667-9341
MT Battie MotelRR 3 Box 570Lincolnville, ME29.9 mi.(207) 236-3870

Swans Island 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

Swans Island Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Hancock County Bar Harbor airport (BHB) located about 20 miles north of Swans Island in Bar Harbor, Maine, the Knox County Regional airport (RKD) located approximately 33 miles west of Swans Island in Rockland, Maine, the Bangor International airport (BGR) located roughly 48 miles northwest of Swans Island in Bangor, Maine, the Waterville Robert Lafleur airport (WVL) located around 66 miles northwest of Swans Island in Waterville, Maine, and finally the Augusta State airport (AUG) located about 68 miles west of Swans Island in Augusta, Maine.

Swans Island Attractions

Water Parks
Odyssey Water ParkTrentonME19.6 mi.
Aquaboggan Water SlideSacoME110.2 mi.
Golf Courses
Causeway ClubSouthwest HarborME10.0 mi.
Northeast Harbor Golf ClubNortheast HarborME11.7 mi.
Island Country ClubSunsetME13.7 mi.
Kebo Valley ClubBar HarborME19.1 mi.
Grindstone Neck Golf CourseWinter HarborME23.0 mi.
Bar Harbor Golf CourseEllsworthME23.1 mi.
Castine Golf ClubCastineME24.6 mi.
White Birches Country ClubEllsworthME28.7 mi.
Northport Golf ClubNorthportME29.1 mi.
Ski Areas
Camden SnowbowlCamdenME31.7 mi.
Sugarloaf USAKingfieldME101.3 mi.
Big SquawGreenvilleME106.4 mi.
Black MountainRumfordME108.3 mi.
Shawnee PeakBridgtonME113.5 mi.
Mount AbramLocke MillsME113.7 mi.
Sunday RiverBethelME118.0 mi.
State Parks
Lamoine State ParkME21.3 mi. 
Fort Point State ParkME28.1 mi. 
Owls Head State ParkME30.6 mi. 
Camden Hills State ParkME30.9 mi. 
Moose Point State ParkME31.4 mi. 
Farnsworth Art MuseumRocklandME33.9 mi.(Art)

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