Scarborough Beach State Park

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Scarborough Beach State Park featuring general coastal views and a sandy beach as well as a small group of people

People flock to this state park for its beach offering great saltwater swimming conditions and its inland grounds with many scenic pathways.

Scarborough Beach State Park, a sprawling swath of sand backed by a long dune, is a popular beach destination in southern Maine. Go swimming or surfing, enjoy a relaxing stroll along the water or watch the birdlife swooping around you. Find the park in Cumberland County, just a few miles from Prouts Neck, the home of celebrated painter Winslow Homer.

The beach is acclaimed for its relatively warm water and great swimming conditions. The pounding surf makes it a popular destination for surfing and paddle boarding. Dive in and experience it for yourself. Spread out your towel for sunbathing or search for shells in the sand.

Go bird-watching in the park. During spring, piping plovers nest near the beach. These birds are an endangered species, so dogs, bikes and kites are prohibited on the beach between March and November.

Lifeguards are on duty on sunny days between mid June and Labor Day. Rip currents do occur, so be cautious when swimming and remain in the designated guarded areas.

Take advantage of changing rooms and restrooms located close to the beach. At the main lifeguard stand, rent chairs and umbrellas. Kayaks, surfboards and stand-up paddleboards are also available for rent.

The park has on-site and street parking spaces available. These spaces tend to fill quickly, particularly during the peak season, so arrive early to ensure a parking spot.

During the peak season, pay the day-use fee at the entry gate. Fees are per person, with discounts for seniors and children. Fees for Maine residents are slightly lower than for non-residents.

Visit Scarborough Beach State Park throughout the year. Take advantage of extended opening hours between May and October. During the off season, park amenities are not regularly staffed but the pedestrian gate remains open for free access, allowing visitors to enter the park on foot.

Top Hotels Close to Scarborough Beach State Park

Black Point Inn
Black Point Inn
3.5 out of 5
510 Black Point Rd, Scarborough, ME
The price is $248 per night from Oct 11 to Oct 11
Offering direct access to the beach, this Scarborough hotel is next to a golf course and within a 10-minute walk of Prouts Neck and Scarborough Beach State Park. ...
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"Amazing place to stay, loved the amenities and the food was awesome. The stay included private beach and beach club access."

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2021

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Seas The Day | 3 Minute Walk to Beach | Outdoor Shower | Perfect For The Family
Seas The Day | 3 Minute Walk to Beach | Outdoor Shower | Perfect For The Family
Scarborough, ME
Located in Pine Point, this family-friendly Scarborough vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Pine Point Beach, Ferry Beach, and Western Beach. Grand Beach ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (4 reviews)
Great Experience
"We have been vacationing multiple years in OOB/Pine Point area. This was a GREAT find/location for grand kids, with a short walk to beach, a bit more than 3 mins., w a 3 & 5 year old :), but totally do-able! There is a grassy yard for kids to play in when not on the beach. The next door neighbors ..."

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2021

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Seas The Day | 3 Minute Walk to Beach | Outdoor Shower | Perfect For The Family
Classic Maine Family Home
Classic Maine Family Home
Scarborough, ME
This family-friendly Scarborough vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Scarborough Beach State Park, Prouts Neck, and Higgins Beach. Western Beach and Ferry ...
5/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Perfect Location
"This house could not be in a more perfect location. If your looking for a central location to be able to travel to many towns within an hour, Scarborough is the place! The house was so well taken care of and the owners literally thought of everything. There were multiple beaches all within a 15 minute ..."

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2021

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Black Point Inn
Black Point Inn
3.5 out of 5
510 Black Point Rd, Scarborough, ME
The price is $248 per night from Oct 11 to Oct 11
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Seas The Day | 3 Minute Walk to Beach | Outdoor Shower | Perfect For The Family
Seas The Day | 3 Minute Walk to Beach | Outdoor Shower | Perfect For The Family
Scarborough, ME
Seas The Day | 3 Minute Walk to Beach | Outdoor Shower | Perfect For The Family
Classic Maine Family Home
Classic Maine Family Home
Scarborough, ME
Classic Maine Family Home
JUST STEPS TO OCEAN !  Charming Family Beach House
JUST STEPS TO OCEAN ! Charming Family Beach House
Scarborough, ME
JUST STEPS TO OCEAN ! Charming Family Beach House
Relaxing, Newly Renovated Beach Cottage! Steps to Pine Point Beach!
Relaxing, Newly Renovated Beach Cottage! Steps to Pine Point Beach!
Scarborough, ME
Relaxing, Newly Renovated Beach Cottage! Steps to Pine Point Beach!
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Freshly Updated Pine Point Beach Cottage!!!
Scarborough, ME
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Salt Box | Pine Point | Retro-Chic Design & Modern Luxury
Salt Box | Pine Point | Retro-Chic Design & Modern Luxury
Scarborough, ME
Salt Box | Pine Point | Retro-Chic Design & Modern Luxury
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Beach House 500 Feet to The Beach - in Pine Point.
Scarborough, ME
Beach House 500 Feet to The Beach - in Pine Point.
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48A Jones Creek | Newly Updated | 3 Minute Beach Walk | Coastal Relaxation
Scarborough, ME
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