Higgins Beach

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Higgins Beach showing general coastal views and a beach as well as a small group of people

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.

Top Hotels Close to Higgins Beach

Higgins Beach Inn
Higgins Beach Inn
2.5 out of 5
34 Ocean Ave, Scarborough, ME
The price is $299 per night from Oct 22 to Oct 22
Situated in Scarborough, this beach hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Higgins Beach and within 3 mi (5 km) of Scarborough Beach State Park and Prouts Neck. Western ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (139 reviews)
"We were greeted by an incredibly friendly staff member who checked us in quickly. We put our bags in the room and promptly walked to Higgins Beach. Beautiful location and great for an evening stroll. We grabbed dinner at Shade, the restaurant at Higgins Beach Inn. Although there were some pretty ..."

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2021

Higgins Beach Inn
Ocean front estate. 15 min to Portland. Next to Higgins beach.
Ocean front estate. 15 min to Portland. Next to Higgins beach.
Scarborough, ME
This family-friendly Scarborough vacation home is located by the ocean, within 3 mi (5 km) of Higgins Beach, Scarborough Beach State Park and Prouts Neck. Western ...
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Ocean front estate. 15 min to Portland. Next to Higgins beach.
Clearwater by the Sea
Clearwater by the Sea
Scarborough, ME
This family-friendly Scarborough apartment building is located on the waterfront, within 3 mi (5 km) of Scarborough Beach State Park, Higgins Beach and Prouts ...
5/5 Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Beautiful location and lovely host
"The unit is very spacious, and the view is wonderful. It is in a quiet neighborhood close to the Eastern Trail, which we really enjoyed. Saw lots of egrets and herons in the marsh area. Kimberly could not have been nicer. She knew we were celebrating a special occasion and went above and beyond in ..."

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2021

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Howard Johnson Hotel by Wyndham South Portland
Howard Johnson Hotel by Wyndham South Portland
2 out of 5
675 Main Street I-95, Rt 1-I95 ex 45-I295 Ex 3, South Portland, ME
The price is $100 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Howard Johnson Hotel by Wyndham South Portland
Higgins Beach Inn
Higgins Beach Inn
2.5 out of 5
34 Ocean Ave, Scarborough, ME
The price is $299 per night from Oct 22 to Oct 22
Higgins Beach Inn
Ocean front estate. 15 min to Portland. Next to Higgins beach.
Ocean front estate. 15 min to Portland. Next to Higgins beach.
Scarborough, ME
Ocean front estate. 15 min to Portland. Next to Higgins beach.
Clearwater by the Sea
Clearwater by the Sea
Scarborough, ME
Clearwater by the Sea
Classic Maine Family Home
Classic Maine Family Home
Scarborough, ME
Classic Maine Family Home
Inn By The Sea
Inn By The Sea
4 out of 5
40 Bowery Beach Road, Cape Elizabeth, ME
The price is $297 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 2
Inn By The Sea
Cape Elizabeth, Maine across from Crescent Beach State Park<br>
Cape Elizabeth, Maine across from Crescent Beach State Park<br>
Cape Elizabeth, ME
Cape Elizabeth, Maine across from Crescent Beach State Park<br>
Black Point Inn
Black Point Inn
3.5 out of 5
510 Black Point Rd, Scarborough, ME
Black Point Inn
Lovely Cape Elizabeth Family Home 3 to 5 miles to Portland & Beaches 3,700 sq ft
Lovely Cape Elizabeth Family Home 3 to 5 miles to Portland & Beaches 3,700 sq ft
Cape Elizabeth, ME
Lovely Cape Elizabeth Family Home 3 to 5 miles to Portland & Beaches 3,700 sq ft
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