Portland Beaches

| February 10, 2012 | 0 Comments

Normally when you think of Maine, images of the rocky shoreline along the coast come to mind. It is often surprising to many to learn that there is also an abundance of beautiful sandy beaches.

Although the water may be a little cold, even in the summer, relaxing on a Maine beach is an enthralling experience.

The greater Portland area features several great beaches that are only minutes away. Whether you’re a permanent resident or just visiting, a beach and all it has to offer is never far away. Additionally, the beaches are used all year long, no matter what the season. Some of our local beaches include:

East End Beach

It might be a little surprising, but there is only one beach within the city limits of Portland. East End beach is located at the bottom of the hills of the Eastern Promenade. This small beach, though a bit pebbly, is the ideal place to take in panoramic views of Casco Bay. Sailboats from the local marina breeze in and out of the harbor, and the islands of the bay are in full view. Many kayakers begin their ocean journeys from this location. There is also a walking trail that leads directly into downtown.

Higgins Beach

Just a short scenic trip down Route 77 outside of Portland you will find Higgins Beach in Scarborough. Just the drive itself is enough to inspire a visit to this beach as curvy, tree-lined country roads pass farmhouses and rolling fields. Higgins Beach, is an expansive stretch of sand with the tip of the beach jutting out to form a little river. The surf is mostly calm and the beach itself is soft and inviting. Classic New England cottages line the backside of the beach, and lend to the feel of this perfect escape by the sea.

Willard Beach

Willard Beach, located in South Portland, is a favorite among locals. Beach-goers can enjoy shade trees or wade amongst the rocks and soft sand. This beach offers it all: front-row seats to an incomparable view of Spring Point Lighthouse, as well as cruise ships coming in and out of the harbor. Many sailboats are moored just off shore and the gentle surf makes this beach especially kid-friendly. A small snack bar provides sustenance to the famished swimmer, and cute bakeries and cafes are nearby.

Ferry Beach

The gorgeous haven of Ferry Beach comes with a small fee ($10 per car) but is worth the price. The crystal clear water and the quintessential Maine lobster boats, rocking back and forth nearby, are an invitation to dive into the cool Maine water. Long grass, blowing in the warm breeze, begins where the sand ends at the top of the beach and at the bottom rests the clear sea. Being part of an inlet, the surf is gentle.

Crescent Beach

Crescent Beach in Cape Elizabeth is located eight miles south of Portland on Route 77. The mile-long Crescent Beach State Park is popular with families due to its gentle surf. The park has a snack bar, picnic tables, bike racks, restrooms, cold water showers, lifeguards, and plenty of parking.

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Along with my wife and partner Laura, we moved to Maine in 2000, after living in many areas of the United States & Europe, including NYC, Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta and Belgium. We love Portland and are proud to call it home. Our passion is real estate, and we currently own the company Maine Home Connection, providing personalized online home buying & selling services.

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