Higgins Beach

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

Best Western Merry Manor Inn
Best Western Merry Manor Inn
2.5 out of 5
700 Main St, South Portland, ME, 04106
The price is $114 per night from Jan 1 to Jan 2
$114
per night
Jan 1 - Jan 2
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in South Portland. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,000 reviews)
Much better than expected.
"The room was well appointed and seemed to be up to date. Breakfast selection was good for me. Good eggs and sausage. It was too cold to use the pool. The desk agents were excellent. I stayed there while recovering from surgery and will stay there again in 2 weeks after the next surgery. Only negative ..."

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2022

Best Western Merry Manor Inn
Inn By The Sea
Inn By The Sea
4 out of 5
40 Bowery Beach Road, Cape Elizabeth, ME, 04107
The price is $198 per night from Dec 21 to Dec 22
$198
per night
Dec 21 - Dec 22
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Cape Elizabeth. Enjoy free WiFi, free valet parking, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (179 reviews)
Inn by the Sea
"Beautiful property! Excellent dining. Food was delicious."

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2022

Inn By The Sea
Black Point Inn
Black Point Inn
3.5 out of 5
510 Black Point Rd, Scarborough, ME, 04074
Stay at this 3.5-star beach hotel in Scarborough. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and 2 restaurants. Popular attractions Western Beach and Prouts Neck are ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (50 reviews)
"Room was very comfortable and spacious. Elevator is vintage manual and requires staff to operate. Menu choices very good,but limited dining options in area. We came here for the cliff walk and Winslow Homer studio, only to discover the studio is not open for tours until 2023. Still, pleasant walks ..."

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2022

Black Point Inn
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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Americas Best Value Inn Scarborough Portland
Americas Best Value Inn Scarborough Portland
2 out of 5
321 US Route 1, Scarborough, ME, 04074
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Inn By The Sea
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4 out of 5
40 Bowery Beach Road, Cape Elizabeth, ME, 04107
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Black Point Inn
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3.5 out of 5
510 Black Point Rd, Scarborough, ME, 04074
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Best Western Merry Manor Inn
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2.5 out of 5
700 Main St, South Portland, ME, 04106
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Casco Bay Hotel, Maine Mall / PWM Portland Airport
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2.5 out of 5
80 John Roberts Rd., South Portland, ME, 04106
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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Portland
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Portland
4 out of 5
363 Maine Mall Rd, South Portland, ME, 04106
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Comfort Inn & Suites Scarborough - Portland
Comfort Inn & Suites Scarborough - Portland
2.5 out of 5
329 US Route 1, Scarborough, ME, 04074
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The Westin Portland Harborview
The Westin Portland Harborview
4 out of 5
157 High St, Portland, ME, 04101
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Quality Inn & Suites
Quality Inn & Suites
2.5 out of 5
738 Main Street, South Portland, ME, 04106
Quality Inn & Suites
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