For a nice swim, warmer than the ocean, Echo Lake is the perfect choice. There are several access points-my favorite being "the ledges"- accessible by a short path down from the parking lot along Route 102.
“One of our favorite public beaches in the summers. We like the long stretch of shallow water which is safe for young kids to play. Still cold in the summer but the kids seem not to mind. Not as busy as other beaches. Daughter likes to play on a nice stream that runs across the beach into the ocean. Rumor has it that Martha Stewart has a house in the area ”
“Rent a kayak, canoe, or SUP, then head down the "pond" and enjoy the serenity.”
“This is the BEST cafe. Baked goods, along with a nice gluten-free selection, freshly made bagels and a delicious breakfast burrito are all homemade and are simply superb. Coffee choices are all excellent. These guys really know how to do it well. ”
“Authentic Mexican food. Reservation needed. Only open on Friday and Saturday eves during 2019. In residential area of Southwest Harbor. 2020 update - check their website as they are uncertain of opening due to Covid.”