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Great-Diamond-Island is a short ferry ride from the city of Portland, but its' spectacular beaches, old-growth forest and breathtaking views will make you feel as if you're a world away from the mainland. Diamond Cove, on Great Diamond Island, has been attracting visitors and artists for centuries. Well known frequent visitors included Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Harriet Beecher Stowe. It was also a military stronghold during the Spanish American War, where more than 1,000 soldiers were housed in Fort McKinley. The fort retired from active service in 1945, and today it has been restored and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Great Diamond Island is a secluded, private vacation destination that offers gourmet dining, swimming, sailing, hiking and tennis. A marina is located on the northern end of Great Diamond Island, and offers overnight dockage, as well as dinner or lunch dockage. A short ferry ride from the island takes you to other Casco Bay island communities such as Peaks Island, which is known for its' arts and crafts shops and art galleries. Across the Bay, Portland's Old Port Waterfront is full of boutiques, galleries, specialty shops, bookstores and restaurants. Other nearby attractions include Cape Elizabeth and the Two Lights and Portland Head Light Lighthouses.

Surrounding areas: Peaks Island, Maine (1.5 mi), Long Island, Maine (1.7 mi), Portland, Maine (3.7 mi), Falmouth Foreside, Maine (3.8 mi), South Portland, Maine (5.0 mi), Cape Elizabeth, Maine (8.0 mi), Casco Bay, Maine (8.1 mi)

Great Diamond Island Vacation Rentals

Great Diamond Island Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Hilton Gadren Inn Portland Airport145 Jetport BlvdPortland, ME3.1 mi.(207) 828-1117
Portland Regency Inn20 Milk StPortland, ME3.1 mi.(207) 774-4200
Holiday Inn By The Bay88 Spring StPortland, ME3.6 mi.(207) 775-2311
Eastland Park Hotel157 High StPortland, ME3.7 mi.(207) 746-5411
MS/Scotia Prince468 Commercial StPortland, ME3.7 mi.(207) 415-5678
Hilton Garden Inn Portland Downtown Waterfront Me65 Commercial StPortland, ME4.1 mi.(207) 780-0780
Fairfield Inn340 Park AvePortland, ME4.5 mi.(207) 871-0611
Doubletree Hotel Portland1230 Congress StPortland, ME4.8 mi.(207) 774-5611
Peter A Mckernan Hospitality CTR TheFort RdSouth Portand, ME5.0 mi.(207) 767-9672
Embassy Suites Hotel1050 Westbrook StPortland, ME5.9 mi.(207) 775-2200
Days Inn1150 Brighton AvePortland, ME6.4 mi.(207) 775-3711
Holiday Inn Portland West81 Riverside StPortland, ME6.5 mi.(207) 774-5601
Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel155 Riverside StPortland, ME6.5 mi.(207) 774-5861
Travelodge Of Portland1200 Brighton AvePortland, ME6.5 mi.(207) 774-6101
Best Western Merry Manor Inn700 Main StSouth Portland, ME6.8 mi.(207) 774-6151
Howard Johnson-s Portland675 Main StSouth Portland, ME6.8 mi.(207) 775-5343
Comfort Inn90 Maine Mall RdSouth Portland, ME7.2 mi.(207) 775-0409
Econo Lodge South Portland80 John Roberts RdSouth Portland, ME7.5 mi.(207) 772-3838
Holiday Inn Express Hotel And Suites303 Sable Oaks DrSouth Portland, ME7.6 mi.(207) 775-3900
Marriott Hotel200 Sable Oaks DrSouth Portland, ME7.6 mi.(207) 871-8000
Hampton Inn171 Philbrook AveSouth Portland, ME7.7 mi.(207) 773-4400
Sheraton South Portland363 Maine Mall RdSouth Portland, ME7.7 mi.(207) 775-6161
Days Inn461 Maine Mall RdSouth Portland, ME7.9 mi.(207) 772-3450
Fairfield Inn By Marriott Portland/Maine Mall2 Cummings RdScarborough, ME8.2 mi.(207) 883-0300
Residence Inn By Marriott Scarborough/Portland800 Roundwood DrPortland Scarborough, ME8.8 mi.(207) 883-0400
Extended Stay America2 Ashley DrScarborough, ME8.8 mi.(207) 883-0554
Towne Place Suites By Marriott700 Roundwood DrScarborough, ME8.8 mi.(207) 883-6800
Higgins Beach Inn34 Ocean AveScarborough, ME9.1 mi.(207) 883-6684
Fairfield Inn By Marriott Portland Scarboro66 SPG StScarborough, ME9.4 mi.(207) 883-0300
Millbrook Motel321 US Rt 1Scarborough, ME9.4 mi.(207) 883-6004
Harraseeket Inn162 Main StFreeport, ME10.8 mi.(207) 865-9377
Hampton Inn194 Lower Main StFreeport, ME12.3 mi.(207) 865-1400
Casco Bay Inn107 Us Rt 1Freeport, ME13.1 mi.(207) 865-4925
Coastline Inn209 Rt 1 SFreeport, ME13.1 mi.(207) 865-3777
Comfort Suites500 US Rt 1 SFreeport, ME13.1 mi.(207) 865-9300
Freeport Inn335 US Rt 1Freeport, ME13.1 mi.(207) 865-3106
Holidayinn Express Hotel & Suites450 Usroute 1Freeport, ME13.1 mi.(207) 865-9020
Hilton Garden Inn Freeport Downtown5 Park StFreeport, ME13.2 mi.(207) 865-1433
Friendship Motor Inn167 E Grand AveOld Orchard BCH, ME13.5 mi.(207) 934-4644
Biaritz Motel78 E Grand AveOld Orchard BCH, ME13.9 mi.(207) 934-2983
Bed & Breakfast
Brunswick Bed & Breakfast165 Park RowBrunswick, ME19.9 mi.(207) 729-4914
Ware Street Inn B&B52 Ware StLewiston, ME29.6 mi.(207) 783-8171

Great Diamond Island 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

Great Diamond Island Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Portland International Jetport airport (PWM) located about 5 miles west of Great Diamond Island in Portland, Maine, the Sanford Regional airport (SFM) located approximately 32 miles southwest of Great Diamond Island in Sanford, Maine, the Pease International Tradeport airport (PSM) located roughly 52 miles southwest of Great Diamond Island in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and finally the Concord Municipal airport (CON) located around 73 miles west of Great Diamond Island in Concord, New Hampshire.

Great Diamond Island Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Palace PlaylandOld Orchard BeachME14.4 mi.
Funtown Splashtown U.S.A.SacoME17.4 mi.
York's Wild KingdomYork BeachME40.8 mi.
Story LandGlenNH57.3 mi.
Pirate's Fun ParkSalisburyMA66.4 mi.
Canobie Lake ParkSalemNH79.7 mi.
Santa's VillageJeffersonNH81.4 mi.
Six Gun CityJeffersonNH81.4 mi.
JeepersMethuenMA82.7 mi.
Funworld Game CenterNashuaNH89.9 mi.
Water Parks
Aquaboggan Water SlideSacoME17.4 mi.
Water CountryPortsmouthNH50.7 mi.
Odyssey Water ParkTrentonME104.8 mi.
Golf Courses
Riverside Municipal Golf ClubPortlandME3.7 mi.
Great Chebeague Golf ClubChebeague IslandME6.7 mi.
Sable Oaks Golf ClubSouth PortlandME7.7 mi.
Val Halla Golf & Recreation CenterCumberland CenterME8.0 mi.
Twin Falls Golf ClubWestbrookME8.1 mi.
Pleasant Hill Country ClubScarboroughME8.2 mi.
Rivermeadow Golf ClubWestbrookME8.6 mi.
Nonesuch River Golf ClubScarboroughME9.1 mi.
Willowdale Golf ClubScarboroughME9.1 mi.
Westerly Winds Golf CourseWestbrookME9.3 mi.
Gorham Country ClubGorhamME10.7 mi.
Freeport Country ClubFreeportME12.7 mi.
Spring Meadows Golf Course at Cole FarmsGrayME15.3 mi.
Biddeford Saco Country ClubSacoME17.3 mi.
Frye Island Golf CourseFrye IslandME19.3 mi.
Brunswick Golf ClubBrunswickME19.9 mi.
Apple Valley Golf CourseLewistonME24.8 mi.
Dutch Elm Golf ClubArundelME24.8 mi.
Bath Country ClubBathME24.9 mi.
Cape Arundel Golf ClubKennebunkportME25.9 mi.
Prospect Hill Golf CourseAuburnME26.4 mi.
Summit Golf CoursePolandME27.4 mi.
Webhannet Golf ClubKennebunkME27.4 mi.
Fairlawn Golf ClubPolandME28.3 mi.
Naples Golf & Country ClubNaplesME28.3 mi.
Fox Ridge Golf ClubAuburnME28.4 mi.
Ski Areas
Shawnee PeakBridgtonME36.4 mi.
Mount AbramLocke MillsME55.7 mi.
Sunday RiverBethelME58.0 mi.
Wildcat MountainJacksonNH58.5 mi.
GunstockGilfordNH61.1 mi.
Black MountainRumfordME62.9 mi.
Camden SnowbowlCamdenME67.2 mi.
Waterville ValleyWaterville ValleyNH67.5 mi.
Highlands MountainNorthfieldNH71.9 mi.
Loon MountainLincolnNH77.6 mi.
Bretton WoodsTwin MountainNH78.2 mi.
Ragged MountainDanburyNH83.9 mi.
Cannon MountainFranconiaNH85.9 mi.
Sugarloaf USAKingfieldME88.4 mi.
Pats PeakHennikerNH88.5 mi.
SaddlebackRangeleyME91.6 mi.
Mount SunapeeMount SunapeeNH96.7 mi.
Nashoba ValleyWestfordMA98.5 mi.
Balsams WildernessDixville NotchNH98.9 mi.
Temple MountainPeterboroughNH104.5 mi.
State Parks
Two Lights State ParkME8.3 mi. 
Crescent Beach State ParkME8.4 mi. 
Wolfes Neck Woods State ParkME10.5 mi. 
Scarborough Beach State ParkME10.9 mi. 
Ferry Beach State ParkME11.4 mi. 
Bradbury Mountain State ParkME15.2 mi. 
Popham Beach State ParkME21.8 mi. 
Reid State ParkME25.1 mi. 
Sebago Lake State ParkME25.2 mi. 
Range Ponds State ParkME26.3 mi. 
Fort Edgecomb State ParkME34.7 mi. 
Peacock Beach State ParkME36.8 mi. 
Tacoma Lakes State ParkME39.0 mi. 
Maine Memory NetworkPortlandME3.1 mi.(History)
Portland Museum of ArtPortlandME3.1 mi.(Art)
Center For Maine History Museum Gallery at the Maine Historical SocietyPortlandME3.1 mi.(History)
Portland Harbor MuseumSouth PortlandME3.4 mi.(History)
Seashore Trolley MuseumKennebunkportME26.1 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Counting House MuseumSouth BerwickME43.5 mi.(History)
Wright MuseumWolfeboroNH50.9 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Zoos and Aquariums
New England AquariumBostonMA101.2 mi.
Franklin Park ZooBostonMA101.2 mi.

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