Southwest Harbor is often called "the jewel" of Mt. Desert Island (MDI) and the Acadia National Park region. The quiet beauty of one of our country’s most-beloved national parks surrounds this quaint and vibrant small Maine town. There are hiking trails in the park that surround Southwest Harbor; you can virtually be alone to enjoy the magnificent views of the mountains, lakes, and ocean.
Southwest Harbor is the largest municipality on the southwestern side of the island. The town has great shops, galleries and eateries. Many people choose to stay here during their visit to Acadia National Park for its more relaxed pace and for the many excellent accommodation options available from single home vacation rentals to bed & breakfasts and inns. This side of MDI also includes the beautiful villages of Manset, Bass Harbor, Tremont and Bernard. Access to the offshore islands by boat can be found here as well. One of the more picturesque sections is in Manset where you have a distant view of Bear Island Lighthouse, Sutton Island, Little & Great Cranberry Islands, and the open ocean.
Southwest Harbor, Maine is conveniently located less than 12 miles from the town of Bar Harbor. Situated on the southwest side of Mt Desert Island to the west of Somes Sound, Southwest Harbor remains a working harbor filled with lobstermen and their boats bringing in their daily catch. This picturesque harbor is also filled with some of the finest yachts and sailboats in the world made right here by renowned boat builders such as Hinckley and Morris Yachts.