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Higgins Beach
Vacation Travel Guide

At the mouth of the Spurwink River in Scarborough, take a stroll on the white sand or paddle a kayak over gentle waves.

Higgins Beach is a favorite destination in Cumberland County. From clean white sand to great swimming conditions, it has all the ingredients for a perfect beach day in Maine. Find it in the oceanfront village of Scarborough in southern Maine.

Make the scenic 10-mile (16-kilometer) drive south to Higgins Beach from Portland. The route will take you along tree-lined country roads, a pleasant experience in and of itself.

Spread out a blanket on the white sandy beach and enjoy the sound of the lapping waves. Take a refreshing dip in the water or go surfing on the breakers. Bring a canoe or kayak and paddle up the Spurwink River.

Surfcasting is a popular activity at Higgins Beach. Cast your fishing line in the water and see if you can hook a seabass. Go farther upstream and try fly fishing in the river.

Pack a picnic to enjoy at Higgins Beach. For more dining options, venture into downtown Scarborough and sample its selection of restaurants and cafés.

On August 11, 1897, a large schooner was caught on the rocks and ran ashore near the beach. More than a century later, the remains of the ship are still visible at low tide. Watch parts of the ship come into sight as the waters recede from the shoreline.

Explore the charming neighborhood surrounding the beach. About 300 cottages make up the seaside neighborhood, along with a few inns. Stroll down its winding lanes and admire the quaint views.

There are no lifeguards at Higgins Beach, so exercise caution when you enter the water. Take advantage of on-site restrooms and shower facilities.

Visit Higgins Beach throughout the year between sunrise and sunset. Use the beach’s parking lot, which charges a per-vehicle fee. During the summer, the parking lot tends to fill quickly, so arrive early to ensure a spot.

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Higgins Beach Inn
Higgins Beach Inn
2.5 out of 5
34 Ocean Ave, Scarborough, ME
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Situated in Scarborough, this beach inn is within 3 mi (5 km) of Higgins Beach, Scarborough Beach State Park, and Prouts Neck. Crescent Beach State Park and ...

4.4/5Excellent! (109 reviews)

"Great place, everyone was friendly, and my room and bathroom were absolutely spotless."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 9, 2020

Higgins Beach Inn
Inn By The Sea
Inn By The Sea
4 out of 5
40 Bowery Beach Road, Cape Elizabeth, ME
The price is CA $225 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29

Nestled on the beach, this Cape Elizabeth hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Crescent Beach State Park and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Higgins Beach. Crescent Beach and ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (120 reviews)

"Beautiful property, great food, service and spa. Will be back!"…"

Reviewed on Jan. 6, 2021

Inn By The Sea
Classic Maine Family Home
Classic Maine Family Home
Scarborough, ME
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This family-friendly Scarborough vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Scarborough Beach State Park and Higgins Beach. Crescent Beach and Maine Mall are also ...

5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
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"Awesome house, awesome location! This house had everything we needed to enjoy our week in Scarborough. So close to Higgins beach and a short drive to Portland!"…"

Reviewed on Aug. 6, 2019

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Higgins Beach Inn
Higgins Beach Inn
2.5 out of 5
34 Ocean Ave, Scarborough, ME
Higgins Beach Inn
Inn By The Sea
Inn By The Sea
4 out of 5
40 Bowery Beach Road, Cape Elizabeth, ME
The price is CA $225 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29
Inn By The Sea
Classic Maine Family Home
Classic Maine Family Home
Scarborough, ME
Classic Maine Family Home
Cape Elizabeth, Maine Across From Crescent Beach State Park
Cape Elizabeth, Maine Across From Crescent Beach State Park
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Cape Elizabeth, Maine Across From Crescent Beach State Park
Black Point Inn
Black Point Inn
3.5 out of 5
510 Black Point Rd, Scarborough, ME
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5 Bedrooms to Accommodate 10 in This Comfortable Cape Elizabeth Home
Cape Elizabeth, ME
5 Bedrooms to Accommodate 10 in This Comfortable Cape Elizabeth Home
The Westin Portland Harborview
The Westin Portland Harborview
4 out of 5
157 High St, Portland, ME
The price is CA $122 per night from Feb 2 to Feb 3
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Ocean view private home
Cape Elizabeth, ME
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