coastal, Rural charm
Cliff Island is the smallest year-round island in Casco Bay and the last stop “down the bay” on the Casco Bay Lines ferry. Shaped like an “H,” the island has extensive property in conservation land, permanently protecting its rural atmosphere. The island is the only year-round island in Casco Bay that has all unpaved roads and, while cars are allowed, most people walk, bicycle or use golf carts for transportation.
The community of Cliff Island consists of approximately 60 year-round residents but swells to nearly 200 in the summer. Residents are involved in a number of community organizations including the Cliff Island Association (CIA), the island library, the Cliff Island Historical Society and the Cliff Island “ACE” organization (Athletics, Conservation and Education) which runs a wide variety of events for year round and summer visitors involving the environment, athletics, exercise, arts & crafts and entertainment activities.
The island has a full-service post office, tennis court and a community hall and a one-room schoolhouse serving six pupils. Approximate travel time from Portland: 60-120 minutes one-way (trip times vary based upon route and cargo volume)
Lay of the land
Accessible by both land and sea, scenic Bailey Island is home to the world’s only cribstone bridge and over 200 miles of Maine coastline.
Chebeague Island is the largest island in Portland’s Casco Bay and is home to both year-round and summer residents.