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Casco-Bay is along the southern coast of Maine near the mouth of the Kennebec River. It extends a total distance of twenty miles across and is filled with over 300 small islands. The city of Portland is at the western end of the Bay and Casco Bay is considered part of the Greater Portland area. Always prized for its natural beauty, Casco Bay is also a modern seaport with a long history of international commerce. In the Casco Bay region, you can visit the coastal villages of Cape Elizabeth and Freeport, or experience Portland's Old Port area of cobblestone streets, boutiques, art galleries, coffeehouses and seafood. Two Lights State Park is off Route 77 in Cape Elizabeth and has a spectacular view of Casco Bay. The park originally served as a World War II defense station, and some historical remnants of that remain today. There are picnic tables and grills that overlook the sea and crashing surf below. Crescent Beach State Park is only a half-mile away from Two Lights and it offers swimming and sunbathing at one of Maine's most beautiful beaches. There are also picnic tables, a children's playground and a snack bar. Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park runs along the shores of Casco Bay and the Harraseeket River. There are five miles of hiking trails along the shores and through the woods, picnicking and wildlife watching on more than 200 acres of forest and shoreline. The Casco Bay area is unique in that it combines the culture, shopping and restaurants of Portland with the recreation and peacefulness of the smaller coastal villages.

Surrounding areas: Long Island, Maine (6.8 mi), Bailey Island, Maine (7.0 mi), Peaks Island, Maine (7.4 mi), Great Diamond Island, Maine (8.1 mi), Cape Elizabeth, Maine (8.9 mi), Orrs Island, Maine (9.5 mi), Falmouth Foreside, Maine (10.6 mi)

Casco Bay Vacation Rentals

Casco Bay Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Portland Regency Inn20 Milk StPortland, ME10.3 mi.(207) 774-4200
Hilton Gadren Inn Portland Airport145 Jetport BlvdPortland, ME10.5 mi.(207) 828-1117
MS/Scotia Prince468 Commercial StPortland, ME10.5 mi.(207) 415-5678
Holiday Inn By The Bay88 Spring StPortland, ME10.7 mi.(207) 775-2311
Eastland Park Hotel157 High StPortland, ME10.8 mi.(207) 746-5411
Hilton Garden Inn Portland Downtown Waterfront Me65 Commercial StPortland, ME10.8 mi.(207) 780-0780
Peter A Mckernan Hospitality CTR TheFort RdSouth Portand, ME11.1 mi.(207) 767-9672
Fairfield Inn340 Park AvePortland, ME11.7 mi.(207) 871-0611
Doubletree Hotel Portland1230 Congress StPortland, ME12.1 mi.(207) 774-5611
Higgins Beach Inn34 Ocean AveScarborough, ME12.6 mi.(207) 883-6684
Howard Johnson-s Portland675 Main StSouth Portland, ME12.8 mi.(207) 775-5343
Best Western Merry Manor Inn700 Main StSouth Portland, ME12.9 mi.(207) 774-6151
Embassy Suites Hotel1050 Westbrook StPortland, ME13.1 mi.(207) 775-2200
Sebasco Harbor ResortRt 217Sebasco Estates, ME13.2 mi.(207) 389-1161
Harraseeket Inn162 Main StFreeport, ME13.4 mi.(207) 865-9377
Days Inn1150 Brighton AvePortland, ME14.1 mi.(207) 775-3711
Econo Lodge South Portland80 John Roberts RdSouth Portland, ME14.1 mi.(207) 772-3838
Fairfield Inn By Marriott Portland Scarboro66 SPG StScarborough, ME14.2 mi.(207) 883-0300
Millbrook Motel321 US Rt 1Scarborough, ME14.2 mi.(207) 883-6004
Comfort Inn90 Maine Mall RdSouth Portland, ME14.2 mi.(207) 775-0409
Holiday Inn Portland West81 Riverside StPortland, ME14.3 mi.(207) 774-5601
Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel155 Riverside StPortland, ME14.3 mi.(207) 774-5861
Travelodge Of Portland1200 Brighton AvePortland, ME14.3 mi.(207) 774-6101
Hampton Inn171 Philbrook AveSouth Portland, ME14.3 mi.(207) 773-4400
Sheraton South Portland363 Maine Mall RdSouth Portland, ME14.4 mi.(207) 775-6161
Days Inn461 Maine Mall RdSouth Portland, ME14.5 mi.(207) 772-3450
Holiday Inn Express Hotel And Suites303 Sable Oaks DrSouth Portland, ME14.5 mi.(207) 775-3900
Marriott Hotel200 Sable Oaks DrSouth Portland, ME14.5 mi.(207) 871-8000
Fairfield Inn By Marriott Portland/Maine Mall2 Cummings RdScarborough, ME14.9 mi.(207) 883-0300
Hampton Inn194 Lower Main StFreeport, ME15.1 mi.(207) 865-1400
Residence Inn By Marriott Scarborough/Portland800 Roundwood DrPortland Scarborough, ME15.2 mi.(207) 883-0400
Extended Stay America2 Ashley DrScarborough, ME15.2 mi.(207) 883-0554
Towne Place Suites By Marriott700 Roundwood DrScarborough, ME15.2 mi.(207) 883-6800
Hilton Garden Inn Freeport Downtown5 Park StFreeport, ME15.6 mi.(207) 865-1433
Casco Bay Inn107 Us Rt 1Freeport, ME15.7 mi.(207) 865-4925
Coastline Inn209 Rt 1 SFreeport, ME15.7 mi.(207) 865-3777
Comfort Suites500 US Rt 1 SFreeport, ME15.7 mi.(207) 865-9300
Freeport Inn335 US Rt 1Freeport, ME15.7 mi.(207) 865-3106
Holidayinn Express Hotel & Suites450 Usroute 1Freeport, ME15.7 mi.(207) 865-9020
Friendship Motor Inn167 E Grand AveOld Orchard BCH, ME17.4 mi.(207) 934-4644
Bed & Breakfast
Brunswick Bed & Breakfast165 Park RowBrunswick, ME19.9 mi.(207) 729-4914

Casco Bay Weather & Climate

The Portland area,  along the southern seacoast, has very pleasant summers and falls, cold winters and changeable springs. Very few summer nights are too warm and humid for comfortable sleeping. Autumn has the greatest number of sunny days and the least cloudiness. Winters can often extend into normal springtime. Heavy seasonal snowfalls of over 100 inches occur about every 10 years. True blizzards are area in Maine. Although cold, temperatures in this part of Maine are generally not as frigid as further north in the state. Cold waves sometimes are accompanied by strong winds, but extremely cold temperatures are usually accompanied by light winds. Fog along the coast is sometimes a factor in the weather during the summer months of June, July and August.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 30°F 12°F 4.09 in. 34°F
February 34°F 15°F 3.14 in. 33°F
March 42°F 25°F 4.14 in. 37°F
April 52°F 34°F 4.26 in. 40°F
May 63°F 44°F 3.82 in. 49°F
June 72°F 52°F 3.28 in. 56°F
July 78°F 58°F 3.32 in. 61°F
August 77°F 57°F 3.05 in. 62°F
September 68°F 48°F 3.37 in. 59°F
October 57°F 37°F 4.40 in. 52°F
November 47°F 29°F 4.72 in. 47°F
December 36°F 18°F 4.24 in. 39°F

Casco Bay Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Portland International Jetport airport (PWM) located about 12 miles west of Casco Bay in Portland, Maine, the Sanford Regional airport (SFM) located approximately 36 miles west of Casco Bay in Sanford, Maine, the Pease International Tradeport airport (PSM) located roughly 54 miles southwest of Casco Bay in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and finally the Waterville Robert Lafleur airport (WVL) located around 64 miles northeast of Casco Bay in Waterville, Maine.

Casco Bay Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Palace PlaylandOld Orchard BeachME18.3 mi.
Funtown Splashtown U.S.A.SacoME21.7 mi.
York's Wild KingdomYork BeachME42.5 mi.
Story LandGlenNH65.3 mi.
Pirate's Fun ParkSalisburyMA67.9 mi.
Canobie Lake ParkSalemNH82.3 mi.
JeepersMethuenMA85.1 mi.
Santa's VillageJeffersonNH89.2 mi.
Six Gun CityJeffersonNH89.2 mi.
Water Parks
Aquaboggan Water SlideSacoME21.7 mi.
Water CountryPortsmouthNH52.8 mi.
Odyssey Water ParkTrentonME100.3 mi.
Golf Courses
Great Chebeague Golf ClubChebeague IslandME8.5 mi.
Riverside Municipal Golf ClubPortlandME11.2 mi.
Pleasant Hill Country ClubScarboroughME13.2 mi.
Nonesuch River Golf ClubScarboroughME14.5 mi.
Willowdale Golf ClubScarboroughME14.5 mi.
Sable Oaks Golf ClubSouth PortlandME14.6 mi.
Val Halla Golf & Recreation CenterCumberland CenterME14.7 mi.
Freeport Country ClubFreeportME15.2 mi.
Twin Falls Golf ClubWestbrookME15.6 mi.
Rivermeadow Golf ClubWestbrookME16.2 mi.
Westerly Winds Golf CourseWestbrookME17.4 mi.
Gorham Country ClubGorhamME18.1 mi.
Brunswick Golf ClubBrunswickME19.6 mi.
Biddeford Saco Country ClubSacoME21.6 mi.
Spring Meadows Golf Course at Cole FarmsGrayME22.0 mi.
Bath Country ClubBathME23.4 mi.
Frye Island Golf CourseFrye IslandME27.3 mi.
Dutch Elm Golf ClubArundelME27.4 mi.
Boothbay Country ClubBoothbayME27.8 mi.
Cape Arundel Golf ClubKennebunkportME28.1 mi.
Apple Valley Golf CourseLewistonME28.2 mi.
Webhannet Golf ClubKennebunkME30.0 mi.
Ski Areas
Shawnee PeakBridgtonME44.0 mi.
Mount AbramLocke MillsME62.1 mi.
Camden SnowbowlCamdenME63.1 mi.
Sunday RiverBethelME64.8 mi.
Wildcat MountainJacksonNH66.5 mi.
GunstockGilfordNH68.2 mi.
Black MountainRumfordME68.3 mi.
Waterville ValleyWaterville ValleyNH75.6 mi.
Highlands MountainNorthfieldNH78.5 mi.
Loon MountainLincolnNH85.6 mi.
Bretton WoodsTwin MountainNH86.3 mi.
Ragged MountainDanburyNH91.0 mi.
Sugarloaf USAKingfieldME91.8 mi.
Cannon MountainFranconiaNH93.9 mi.
Pats PeakHennikerNH94.3 mi.
SaddlebackRangeleyME96.7 mi.
Nashoba ValleyWestfordMA101.1 mi.
Mount SunapeeMount SunapeeNH103.3 mi.
Balsams WildernessDixville NotchNH105.7 mi.
Temple MountainPeterboroughNH109.3 mi.
State Parks
Two Lights State ParkME9.1 mi. 
Crescent Beach State ParkME9.9 mi. 
Wolfes Neck Woods State ParkME12.4 mi. 
Scarborough Beach State ParkME14.1 mi. 
Ferry Beach State ParkME15.0 mi. 
Popham Beach State ParkME15.8 mi. 
Bradbury Mountain State ParkME19.5 mi. 
Reid State ParkME19.7 mi. 
Fort Edgecomb State ParkME31.7 mi. 
Range Ponds State ParkME32.3 mi. 
Sebago Lake State ParkME33.0 mi. 
Peacock Beach State ParkME37.1 mi. 
Portland Harbor MuseumSouth PortlandME9.6 mi.(History)
Maine Memory NetworkPortlandME10.5 mi.(History)
Portland Museum of ArtPortlandME10.5 mi.(Art)
Center For Maine History Museum Gallery at the Maine Historical SocietyPortlandME10.5 mi.(History)
Seashore Trolley MuseumKennebunkportME28.5 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Counting House MuseumSouth BerwickME47.0 mi.(History)
Farnsworth Art MuseumRocklandME57.0 mi.(Art)
Wright MuseumWolfeboroNH58.0 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Zoos and Aquariums
New England AquariumBostonMA101.8 mi.
Franklin Park ZooBostonMA101.8 mi.

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