You’ll find a wonderful variety of beautiful beaches in the Portland, Maine region. Whether you want to swim, surf or just sit back and enjoy the gorgeous ocean views, here are a few of our top picks within 30 minutes of Portland.
Crescent Beach State Park, Cape Elizabeth
This mile long oceanfront park features a light surf, grass studded dunes, picnic areas, and great views of Richmond Island. Enjoy watching the fishing boats or take a leisurely stroll along the beach in the summer. In the winter months, use the trails along the beach for cross-country skiing.
East End Beach, Portland
East End is the only public beach in Portland. This sandy beach features panoramic views of Casco Bay, picnic tables, walking trails, and a boat launch. This is a great place to relax after a long day of shopping in Old Port.
Ferry Beach, Scarborough
This sandy beach runs along the Scarborough River channel and features crystal clear water and long grass at the top of the hill. The gentle tide makes this a great place for families with small children. It’s not uncommon to spot a few harmless hermit crabs here.
Higgins Beach, Scarborough
Warmer waters and lots of waves makes this is a popular spot for surfers and kayakers. This is also a great place to sunbathe or take a stroll.
Old Orchard Beach
Old Orchard Beach features 7 miles of sandy beaches with lifeguards. Old Orchard’s Pier is the center for recreational opportunities and Beachfront Palace Playland Park is the only beachfront amusement park in New England.
Pine Point Beach, Scarborough
This long sandy beach is a great place for fishing, surfing, swimming, kayaking, and strolling. Enjoy playing a game of catch on the beach.
Scarborough Beach, Scarborough
If you like pounding surf and rip currents, Scarborough Beach is the place to go. Swimmers are strongly encouraged to stay in the designated swim area.
Willard Beach, South Portland
This 4 acre sandy beach offers a gentle surf and a great view of ferries, fishing boats, freighters, cruise ships. This is a popular place for swimming, too - just watch out for the rocky ocean floor at the water’s edge.