What to do on Matinicus
Matinicus is a working island with few tourists. The island boasts two fine sand beaches (Markey's, which is outside the door to your house, and South Sandy Beach, across the island), many more rocky ones and extensive undeveloped shoreline. The island is about 3/4 mile wide and 2 miles long. There are walking trails throughout the woods and along the shore. It is a beautiful, tranquil, and stunning landscape. Every resident and visitor feels privileged to be in such a lovely place. Our guests have found the island community to be friendly, generous, and helpful.
Public facilities include, post office, one room school with modern playground, church with summer services, an island "farmer's market" in July and August with local crafts, an informal snack bar, occasional evening church suppers, and sometimes live rock concerts by local musician Nat Hussey on the pier. Lobster can be ordered by phone and delivered to your door. An island baker, Eva Murray, produces breads, pies, coffee cakes and other treats. The Fisherman's Wife has gifts, art, and books by summer islander and children's author Gail Gibbons. Everything is old-fashioned and basic. It is a visit to a simpler, perhaps better world.
Matinicus will appeal to naturalists interested in landscape and rare bird and plant life (including native orchids), to people who respect the seafaring way of life, to beachcombers, to artists and photographers, to people who love the sea, and especially to families who away from the mainland's distractions can relax and get to know each other better. It is possible to do nothing but gaze out at the ocean.
Don't miss the chance to take a boat trip to Matinicus Rock to view nesting colonies of Atlantic puffins, arctic terns, razorbill auks, and other rare species. Shorebirds and waterfowl are abundant and can be observed effortlessly from the houses. Warblers, buntings, wax wings, and dozens more visit the island early and late in the season during migrations. For a more complete list visit our birding page. Capt. George Tarkleson offers trips to Matinicus Rock.