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“One of the world's beauty spots”

Curtis Island Light
Ranked #10 of 34 things to do in Camden
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed 11 July 2014

Sitting on the adirondack chairs by the lighthouse, enjoying the sea breeze, and watching the sailboats sail on the bay is about the most relaxing thing a person can do. You can only get here by private boat, which is reason enough to learn to kayak! Bring your lunch and plan to stay a while. There's also a pleasant trail around the small island.

1  Thank CamelCase
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Reviewed 7 July 2014

Great place for a short kayak ride from Camden harbor. Take a pic nic and enjoy the wonder meadow in the middle of the island. The lighthouse is open to the public this year so you can climb to the top and look out over Penobscot Bay.

2  Thank Richard C
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Reviewed 5 July 2014

We've kayaked around the island before, but this year we pulled up our kayaks and explored the little island. We were glad we did! There is a clearing with a rope swing that made us feel like kids again, and a path that winds around the island to get different views of the harbor and bay. You can climb to the top of the lighthouse, have a picnic, or just sit in the adirondack chairs and watch the day-sail schooners pass by. At the top of the steps there is a plaque explaining some of the history, which always adds to the interest when you know a little more about a place. There is no electricity or running water on the island, which is maintained by the town of Camden, so don't count on any amenities. Tip - don't wander into the caretaker's cottage, it's occupied by the actual caretakers and is not public.

1  Thank Tracy K
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Reviewed 6 June 2014

We have kayaked to this island from Camden Harbor several times. It is a delightful paddle through and around moored boats. We follow the coast and pick a calm day. The lighthouse is also visible from the land, but tricky to locate the trail to view it from shore. The kayaks also provide a great shore line view only seen from incoming or outgoing vessels. We have also passed this light in previous visits as we entered the harbor in our cabin cruiser. Hint: If you take one of the schooner cruises you will have a birds eye view.

1  Thank James H
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Reviewed 5 March 2014

We stayed at the Hartstone Inn (Separate review - FANTASTIC place!) and the owners suggest this as a walk - it can be walked to from Hartstone but it would be better to drive a bit closer - there's little parking (really none) at the public access but you can find street parking nearby. (We've been to Hartstone twice so far and are headed back again in May, so this prompted this review). We've only been here off season so it may be a mad-house in town during festivals and summer season.
Nonetheless, visit this place, take a lunch, and enjoy the great view and quiet. Take a tripod to capture couples pictures with the light behind as it is out of the center of town and there will likely be NO passerbys!
Just find yourself at the intersection of Bay View and Beacon and walk towards the sea - you'll see a small sign and a trail with a short relatively flat trail to the overlook.
NOT TO BE MISSED!!!!!

8  Thank Dan A
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