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Higgins Beach | Portland MaineVisit Portland Beaches
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Higgins Beach

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.

Things To Know

Maintainance: Private with public access; the Higgins Beach Association and the Town maintain the beach area, parking lot, and facilities. The Town maintains the stairs and ADA ramp.

Hours: Sunrise to sunset

Parking: Municipal parking lot is located at 41 Ocean Ave. (off Route 77/Spurwink Rd.); limited street parking also available on Bayview Ave., including two designated ADA spaces.

Parking lot collection hours from 9 AM to 5 PM.
Parking lot open from sunrise to sunset. Violators will be towed.
$10/day for passenger cars and motorcycles
No parking for RV’s, buses, and campers
Seasonal Beach Parking Passes available at the Town Clerk's Office
No street parking at Higgins Beach year-round with the exception of designated spaces on Bayview Avenue.

Type of Sand: White sandy beach

Lifeguards: No

Public Restrooms: Yes, with showers

Fishing: Surf casting

Boat Access: n/a

Surfing: Not allowed from 11 AM to 5 PM from June 15 to September 15. All surfers must be connected to their board by using a "surfboard leash” 7’ to 10’ in length.

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