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ScarboroughUnited States of America

From salt marshes to sandy beaches, this southern Maine town located on Saco Bay is a naturally beautiful spot with an equally charming downtown area.

Experience the rugged beauty of Maine in Scarborough. The coastal town is the home of famed artist Winslow Homer. As you explore its beaches, parks and rocky coastline, see firsthand the scenes his paintbrush made famous.

Check out Scarborough’s many beaches. At Scarborough Beach State Park, stroll along the coastline or watch piping plovers nesting in the dunes. View the shipwreck at Higgins Beach, which dates back to 1897. Watch the waves in Saco Bay at Pine Point Beach.

Explore Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center, one of the state’s largest salt marshes. Go on a guided tour through the center, led by a naturalist, or take a self-guided tour on foot or by canoe or kayak. Try bird-watching and be alert for the mink, otter, deer and other animals that live here. In the center, investigate interactive exhibits or purchase a Maine-themed souvenir.

Discover Prouts Neck, a peninsula that juts out from Scarborough. Visit Winslow Homer Studio, where the celebrated landscape artist lived and worked between 1883 to 1910. Look out toward an outcropping of rocks which Homer immortalized in the painting Cannon Rock.

Scarborough also has a number of entertainment venues. Cheer on the horses and riders at Scarborough Downs, Maine’s largest race track. Watch a car race at the NASCAR-sanctioned Beech Ridge Motor Speedway.

Enjoy the small-town charm of Scarborough. Sample fresh seafood at one of the many local restaurants or browse its boutiques. For a wider selection of shopping and dining options, venture to nearby Portland.

Before it was named Scarborough, Native Americans referred to the area as Owascoag, or “the place of much grass.” Despite being only 7 miles (11 kilometers) south of the large city of Portland, the town still deserves its bucolic name. Enjoy the many different experiences it offers throughout the year, from warm summers to snowy winters.

Top Hotels in Scarborough

Fairfield Inn By Marriott Portland Maine Mall
Fairfield Inn By Marriott Portland Maine Mall
2.5 out of 5
2 Cummings Rd, Scarborough, ME
The price is CA $101 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Maine Mall, Sable Oaks Golf Course, and Scarborough Downs. Beech Ridge Motor Speedway and Twin ...

4.1/5Very Good! (930 reviews)
New England sampler tour.

"No issues. Clean, basic, and acceptable."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 18, 2020

Fairfield Inn By Marriott Portland Maine Mall
Homewood Suites by Hilton Portland
Homewood Suites by Hilton Portland
3 out of 5
200 Southborough Dr, Scarborough, ME
The price is CA $113 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2

Situated in Scarborough, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Maine Mall, Sable Oaks Golf Course, and Scarborough Downs. Beech Ridge Motor Speedway and Twin Falls ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (658 reviews)
Very nice accommodation

"Would stay there again. The room was large with a kitchenette, couch and desk."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 15, 2020

Homewood Suites by Hilton Portland
Candlewood Suites Portland - Scarborough
Candlewood Suites Portland - Scarborough
2.5 out of 5
700 Roundwood Drive, Scarborough, ME
The price is CA $96 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24

Situated in Scarborough, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Maine Mall, Scarborough Downs, and Sable Oaks Golf Course. Twin Falls Golf Club and Maine Military ...

4.2/5Very Good! (459 reviews)

"We stayed 2 nights at Candlewood Inn this past weekend. We were very happy with all that Candlewood had to offer at a reasonably priced rate. The staff was accommodating, and our room was clean and comfortable. The kitchenette with refrigerator and sink were a nice plus to use at our leisure. The ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 19, 2020

Candlewood Suites Portland - Scarborough
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Scarborough

Adorable Beach House Across the Street From Beach!
Adorable Beach House Across the Street From Beach!
Scarborough, ME

Located in Pine Point, this vacation home is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Old Orchard Beach and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Old Orchard Beach Pier. Dunegrass Golf Club and Ferry ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Conveniently located beach cottage

"Three of us met here for a girls fall weekend & we had a lovely time. The owners were easy to reach & very responsive. They sent “welcome” information about the house about a week before our rental time & they were quick to answer all of our questions. Portland was only a short 15-20 drive away & ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 7, 2019

Adorable Beach House Across the Street From Beach!
JUST STEPS TO OCEAN !  Charming Family Beach House
JUST STEPS TO OCEAN ! Charming Family Beach House
Scarborough, ME

Located in Pine Point, this romantic vacation home is 1 mi (1.7 km) from Old Orchard Beach and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Old Orchard Beach Pier. Dunegrass Golf Club ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (7 reviews)
Great location

"Great location, short walk to a really nice beach and good seafood. House had everything we needed, clean and tidy. Porch was great to have. Only negative was an empty propane tank for the bbq when we arrived, we were told to fill it ourselves, first time that's happened to us on a rental. House ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 27, 2019

JUST STEPS TO OCEAN ! Charming Family Beach House
Beach House 500 Feet to The Beach. Right in Pine Point
Beach House 500 Feet to The Beach. Right in Pine Point
Scarborough, ME

Located in Pine Point, this romantic vacation home is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Old Orchard Beach and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Old Orchard Beach Pier. Dunegrass Golf Club ...

5/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Great place

"This place was perfect for a few of us and was a great location being a two minute walk to the beach!"…"

Reviewed on Jan. 2, 2021

Beach House 500 Feet to The Beach. Right in Pine Point
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Scarborough

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Aug 8, 2019

A nice area. Conveniently located for going to Old Orchard and shopping in South Portland

5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 31, 2019

Great spot

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Oct 9, 2018

We've been going for the past 20 years and always enjoyed the city.

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