By: Jesse Richards, Work and Travel Summer 2014 Ambassador Scholar

Jesse is a Summer 2014 Ambassador Scholar from Jamaica, working at Jumpin Jakes in Maine. In this video, he describes how much fun Old Orchard Beach can be!

A day in the life of my host community, Old Orchard Beach (OOB), is a day that is filled with nothing but positivity, smiles, and good memories.

Spending a day in Old Orchard Beach can be a memorable experience for a tourist, and guess what; it is no different for me even though I am living in OOB. Old Orchard Beach is the premier summer vacation destination in Maine, and I get to be here every day for the entire summer! How awesome is that?! OOB is full of attractions for one to indulge in: from the pier to the beach, to the many restaurants and chill spots.

A day in Old Orchard Beach usually begins with a beautiful sunrise. On the beach, you can find many individuals enjoying the spectacle of the sun as it rises above the horizon to give life to the day ahead. The town buzzes with activity throughout the morning. You have people stopping in at the various breakfast spots to grab a bite or just walking around to enjoy the morning sun.

When it is about afternoon time, take a walk to the Veteran’s Memorial Park…this is family friendly park that is situated on the periphery of the main area of activity in the town. In the luscious green grass of the park, you will find children prancing around under the watchful eyes of their parents. You will be a spectator of the teens playing basketball on the court in the park. There are still provisions for the older folk; they usually stick to playing croquet or just relaxing under the gazebo.

Another thing that Old Orchard Beach is known for is its vibrant and exciting night life. If you are a party person, there are more than enough places for you to have fun at night. The most notable spot is the pier; check it out when you’re there. But what if you are not into parties, and you just like to be free and have fun? Palace Playland is there for you! This theme park is filled with thrill rides and attractions for you to enjoy.

A day spent in Old Orchard Beach isn’t enough time to enjoy all that is has to offer…I’m living here for the summer, so I think that I might have you a little jealous. I can definitely say that I will miss this wonderful community. The memories created here will last a lifetime and you will be compelled to return. A day in the life of my host community, Old Orchard Beach, is a day that is filled with nothing but positivity, smiles, and good memories.

My happy face. Just kidding, the sun is in my eyes. Hmm, perfect day for the beach then! :D

My happy face. Just kidding, the sun is in my eyes. Hmm, perfect day for the beach then! 😀

We're here! Old Orchard Beach; considered as the premier tourist destination in Maine.

We’re here! Old Orchard Beach; considered as the premier tourist destination in Maine.

Main Street, OOB, on my way to the beach...

Main Street, OOB, on my way to the beach…

I'm not the only one who is here to enjoy the beach. Many tourists from all over the world come here bask in the sun.

I’m not the only one who is here to enjoy the beach. Many tourists from all over the world come here bask in the sun.

Having a chat with Jeff the gardener, he is responsible for keeping the park looking beautiful...

Having a chat with Jeff the gardener, he is responsible for keeping the park looking beautiful…

...and then we goofed off a little...such a cool guy. Hats off for the hard work Jeff!

…and then we goofed off a little…such a cool guy. Hats off for the hard work Jeff!

It's the end of my day, so I'll have a little dinner at Big Daddy's restaurant. Yum!

It’s the end of my day, so I’ll have a little dinner at Big Daddy’s restaurant. Yum!