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Mount Desert Island and surrounding areas

Mount Desert Island is the largest island off the Maine Coast and the second largest on the eastern seaboard after Long Island, New York. Today, it is home to year-round communities, numerous summer colonies and, of course, Acadia National Park. Here, you can find out more about the towns and villages on Mount Desert Island, Acadia National Park, and the surrounding area.

Gateway to Acadia National Park

Bar Harbor

Bar Harbor is a popular destination for visitors to Acadia National Park. As the largest town center on the Island, Bar Harbor has diverse shops, restaurants, galleries, hotels and B&Bs, as well as many community facilities. MDI Hospital, world-famous Jackson Laboratory, and the MDI YMCA are loctated in Bar Harbor. Nearby are numerous beaches, lakes, ponds, and mountains, as well as the hiking, biking, and carriage trails of Acadia National Park. From the Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport, Bar Harbor is approximately 14 miles via Route 3.

Largest Island off the coast of Maine

Mount Desert

Mount Desert encompasses six villages across a large portion of Mount Desert Island – from Pretty Marsh on the western side through Somesville to Northeast and Seal Harbors and Otter Creek to the east. With a variety of wonderful harbors and waterways, historic architecture, lovely shops, and Acadia National Park bordering every village, it is an ideal place for a year- round or seasonal residence.

A robust fishing community

Southwest Harbor

Southwest Harbor is a hearty year-round community. A busy downtown provides all the necessary conveniences, with golf, tennis, kayaking, sport fishing, and other outdoor activities just minutes away. The harbor is home to many beautiful working and leisure water-craft, two public docks, and several world-renowned boat building businesses. Portions of Acadia National Park adjoin the town, including Western Mountain, Long Pond, and Echo Lake.

The "Quietside" of Mount Desert Island


The town of Tremont is located on the western side of Mount Desert Island. More rural in nature, Tremont is a mix of year-round residents and summer visitors attracted by the “Quietside” of Mount Desert Island.