Bar Harbor : Maine


What It Is Like to Retire in Bar Harbor

Bar Harbor, population a little over 5,000, one of American's top vacation destinations, as well as an interesting place to retire (at least for part of the year).  Located along the coast, this idyllic spot was fiercely protected by the Rockefeller family, who were instrumental in the formation of Acadia National Park.  There are great beaches here, whale watching, and an interesting, if slightly touristy town. Picture of Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse, NOAA, 2003 courtesy of Wikipedia (public domain); photo of Frozen lake and snowy trees courtesy of Wikipedia and the National Park Service (public domain). Watch this short video presented by Diane Picard:

Where to Retire in Bar Harbor and Home Prices

There is at least one active adult community in the area (see link at top right). The median home value was $379,064 in early 2020, according to Zillow.


What Is Special about Bar Harbor

Bar Harbor is home to the largest part of Acadia National Park, and the lovely Porcupine Islands are just offshore. It has a long history of being an old-money resort with wonderful buildings and traditions.


What Is Not Special about Bar Harbor

Bar Harbor can be a bit cold and windy for some tastes.

Who Will Like Retirement in Bar Harbor

Retirees who enjoy boating and outdoor activities would like retiring in Bar Harbor.


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Climate and Physical Environment

The average January temperature is 22 degrees; average July temperature is 69 degrees.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Bar Harbor is a top tourist destination, with many cruise ships stopping by. Long-distance cyclists are constantly passing through, since Bar Harbor hosts a grand assortment of cycling associations and routes. There is also a prime historical district here.


Crime here is very low.

Medical Facilities

Mount Desert Island Hospital



Hancock County Bar Harbor Airport


Valuable Links

Bar Harbor on Wikipedia

What people are saying about Bar Harbor

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