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Higgins Beach

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Address: Scarborough, ME

This popular beach is also known for surfing.

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Cycling over to watch the surfers

A great afternoon in early April cycling was well worth it! Beautiful beach and lots of activity. My only drawback is it's Maine and the water will be cold all season long! Brrrr... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Rene S
Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston, Massachusetts
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51 reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A great afternoon in early April cycling was well worth it! Beautiful beach and lots of activity. My only drawback is it's Maine and the water will be cold all season long! Brrrr. No parking either. So cycle or walk in and enjoy the beautiful scenery and houses!

Thank Rene S
Scarborough, Maine
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31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 21 March 2017

Higgins Beach is one of the best beaches in the area for long walks all winter long. At low tide it offers acres of hard sand and accessible low rocks with tidal pools to explore. Even in winter the little paths from the street are accessible. All winter it is a popular spot for surfers at high and mid-tides, and... More 

Thank 888major
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32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 27 February 2017 via mobile

Always worth it!! Be sure to check the HigginsBeachWebCam.com before you head to the beach to check the tides. I checked the webcam last night and saw this sunset happening so I quickly went to the beach with my camera.

Thank HigginsBeachTraveler
Scarborough, Maine
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22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

We live in Scarborough and find the Higgins Beach Community to not be welcoming of visitors. The parking lot is a long walk along a homed street to the beach area. The community is obviously set up for owners and summer renters with space for visitors clearly designed to make it a one time visit. If you are any way... More 

Thank JoeKunk
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25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 26 January 2017

Did some painting out on the water, was relaxing out on the water for the day... Plain to get back out that way...

Thank H6133EAdavidm
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53 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 December 2016

I have grown up in the summer on Higgins Beach, and my family currently has a home there. There is not other beach in the world that compares to Higgins for me. From the rocks at one end to the river at the other meandering past the coal ship wreck, this beach has more personality than most!

Thank Kim F
Cape Elizabeth, Maine
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358 reviews
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Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

This beach is great EXCEPT that the parking is a huge problem, at high tide there is no beach, and the residents act like they own the beach - which THEY do not!!!! So make sure you know when high tide is, otherwise go to Crescent beach state park in Cape Elizabeth- a 5 minute drive away. And it has... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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23 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 19 October 2016

Go at low-tide to have enough beach to walk on. The waves were crashing, surfers were out, very picturesque. It's a small vacation home area, so it's a little tricky getting to a place beachside to park, but don't give up -- you can do it! Apparently there is a municipal lot with changing rooms and restrooms, but I couldn't... More 

Thank Barbara O
Sippy Downs, Australia
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19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

We went down to Higgins Beach on our first day in Portland to watch the sunset and the full moon rise and it was beautiful. The only downside was finding a park as a lot of the streets are one way and it is difficult to pull over and wait for cars to leave being one way. All in all... More 

Thank graceeliza94
Chicago, Illinois
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20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

Not having many beaches to compare this to, in October it was clear, clean and beautiful. Many surfers and walkers as well as dogs playing. Incredible sunrise over the ocean. Staying at an inn on the beach offered us the sound of crashing waves all day and night long.

Thank Ellen O

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