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By Jayne Clark
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Port of Boothbay Harbor

With its deep harbor, calm waters and protected anchorages, some regard this central Maine coast town the boating capital of New England. But, even if you floated in on a cruise ship, opportunities abound for getting out on the water in a more intimate way. There's paddleboard, kayak and small boat rentals from which to explore nearby coves and islands. A fun excursion is to the 1821 Burnt Island Light House -- Maine's oldest -- where interpreters re-enact the lives of a lighthouse keeper's family on Mondays and Thursdays in July and August. Commercial whale-watching cruises are also available from the harbor.

Back on land, cross the narrow 1901 footbridge to the eastern side of the harbor for a quieter, more residential scene. Here, the waterfront Fishermen's Memorial remembers locals lost at sea. A bronze dory rests atop a plaque etched with the names of the victims and the circumstances of their death, dating back to 1798, when Captain John Murray, 27, died from a fall down the after hatches.

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The closest ATM is at First Federal Savings on Townsend Avenue.

Language

English is the official language.

--By Jayne Clark, Cruise Critic contributor