HIGGINS BEACH: CALM SURF + SANDY SHORES
Visitors looking to take a scenic, short trip, can head to Higgins Beach off Route 77—just outside of Portland. The drive is enough to inspire a visit to this beach as curvy, tree-lined country roads pass farmhouses and rolling fields. Higgins Beach, endearingly referred to as “Higgins” by locals, 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, but when the surf is up, surfers are often seen catching waves regardless of the season, putting on a show for beach-goers. A beloved family destination, Higgins Beach retains a small-town feel where fisherman put in a line, kayakers set out for a paddle, and walkers admire the classic New England cottages that line the backside of the area.
other beaches in Greater Portland
Scarborough offers the best of both worlds: the understated beauty of the Maine outdoors as well as plenty of activities to keep you busy.
Find a list of free things to do in the Greater Portland, Maine area including parks, beaches, self-guided tours, and free concerts and events.