The Belfast Region
Explore coastal Maine’s “coolest small town”
Belfast, Maine is a growing coastal city that was named one of the “coolest small towns in America” by USA Today. The downtown region sits on a hill overlooking Front Street Shipyard and the beautiful waters of Penobscot Bay. Dozens of shops and restaurants are within a couple minutes’ walk of the yard.
The city of 6,600 residents is the economic hub of its region. The dynamic working waterfront is a key source of employment and revenue for Belfast, so the townspeople are welcoming to yacht captains and their crews.
Visitors often tour the picturesque sea captains’ mansions, enjoy dinner or drinks at the year-round restaurants, and explore the dozens of shops situated throughout downtown. The food scene is enviable in mid-coast Maine where there are farmers’ markets, co-ops, and restaurants serving locally grown fresh foods. Belfast also boasts more art galleries than any city its size in the state.
Within minutes of leaving downtown, Belfast becomes a pristine landscape of forests, freshwater streams, and small farms. Further down the main highway there are neighboring towns, like Rockland and Camden, that are as quaint and welcoming as Belfast.
Belfast’s personality is built on the communities that populate the region. The people who live, work, and play here — from lobstermen, to farmers, to boatbuilders, to shopkeepers — are closely knit and proud of their hometown and heritage. The yacht owners, captains and crews who have had the chance to make Belfast their temporary home have felt welcomed and comfortable here in mid-coast Maine.
Getting here and getting around
Belfast is in the mid-coast region of Maine, about a four-hour drive from Boston, Massachusetts. Most travelers fly through one of three convenient airports:
- The Portland International Jetport (PWM) is a two-hour drive from Belfast. The Jetport has dozens of flights daily on all major airlines to hubs around the country. There is a car-rental service also on site.
- The Bangor International Airport (BGR) is just north of Belfast. The Bangor airport is a 45-minute drive from Belfast and offers most major airlines and hubs, as well as a car rental options.
- The Knox County Regional Airport (RKD) in Rockland is 15 minutes outside of Belfast and offers daily service to and from Boston on Cape Air. Several Front Street Shipyard customers also use this airport to travel to and from their boats via private planes.
Driving to Belfast?
Visit our interactive map for directions.