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Higgins-Beach is a wide, white sandy beach located off Route 77 near the historic town of Scarborough in southern Maine. The beach lies between rocky cliffs to the south and the Spurwink River to the north, has lots of sand dunes and good surf. It is considered by many to be the best swimming beach in the state and has a gentle slope that makes it safe for children. It's also a favorite among surfers and sea kayakers, and is a nice beach for walking. Other activities on or nearby Higgins Beach include sailing, fishing, shelling, rafting, volleyball and golf. The nearby town of Scarborough is a picturesque seaside community, one of the oldest on the New England coast, dating to the middle 1600s. Just seven miles south of Higgins Beach is the city of Portland, with its' museums, shopping and fine restaurants. Historic Old Orchard Beach Amusement Park is just a short drive south of town. Other attractions near Higgins Beach include the historic home of Winslow Homer in Prouts Neck, Portland Headlight, Two Lights State Park and the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Sanctuary.

Surrounding areas: Scarborough, Maine (3.5 mi), Cape Elizabeth, Maine (4.0 mi), South Portland, Maine (5.0 mi), Old Orchard Beach, Maine (6.2 mi), Ocean Park, Maine (6.7 mi), Portland, Maine (7.3 mi), Peaks Island, Maine (8.1 mi)

Higgins Beach Vacation Rentals

Higgins Beach Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Higgins Beach Inn34 Ocean AveScarborough, ME (207) 883-6684
Fairfield Inn By Marriott Portland Scarboro66 SPG StScarborough, ME2.4 mi.(207) 883-0300
Millbrook Motel321 US Rt 1Scarborough, ME2.4 mi.(207) 883-6004
Best Western Merry Manor Inn700 Main StSouth Portland, ME4.3 mi.(207) 774-6151
Howard Johnson-s Portland675 Main StSouth Portland, ME4.3 mi.(207) 775-5343
Friendship Motor Inn167 E Grand AveOld Orchard BCH, ME4.9 mi.(207) 934-4644
Peter A Mckernan Hospitality CTR TheFort RdSouth Portand, ME5.0 mi.(207) 767-9672
Biaritz Motel78 E Grand AveOld Orchard BCH, ME5.2 mi.(207) 934-2983
Crest Motel35 E Grand AveOld Orchard BCH, ME5.4 mi.(207) 934-4060
Extended Stay America2 Ashley DrScarborough, ME5.4 mi.(207) 883-0554
Econo Lodge South Portland80 John Roberts RdSouth Portland, ME5.5 mi.(207) 772-3838
Residence Inn By Marriott Scarborough/Portland800 Roundwood DrPortland Scarborough, ME5.6 mi.(207) 883-0400
Towne Place Suites By Marriott700 Roundwood DrScarborough, ME5.6 mi.(207) 883-6800
Hampton Inn171 Philbrook AveSouth Portland, ME5.6 mi.(207) 773-4400
Days Inn461 Maine Mall RdSouth Portland, ME5.8 mi.(207) 772-3450
Sheraton South Portland363 Maine Mall RdSouth Portland, ME5.8 mi.(207) 775-6161
Kebek Motel 353 W Grand AveOld Orchard BCH, ME5.9 mi.(207) 934-5253
Old Colonial Motel61 W Grand AveOld Orchard BCH, ME5.9 mi.(207) 934-9862
Hilton Garden Inn Portland Downtown Waterfront Me65 Commercial StPortland, ME6.0 mi.(207) 780-0780
Copley & Lareine MotelsHarrisburg StOld Orchard BCH, ME6.1 mi.(207) 934-2011
Tiffany's Senior Village7 SMT StOld Orchard BCH, ME6.1 mi.(207) 934-7600
Waves Oceanfront Resort87 West Grand AveOld Orchard Beach, ME6.1 mi.(207) 934-4949
Fairfield Inn By Marriott Portland/Maine Mall2 Cummings RdScarborough, ME6.1 mi.(207) 883-0300
MS/Scotia Prince468 Commercial StPortland, ME6.2 mi.(207) 415-5678
Holiday Inn Express Hotel And Suites303 Sable Oaks DrSouth Portland, ME6.2 mi.(207) 775-3900
Marriott Hotel200 Sable Oaks DrSouth Portland, ME6.2 mi.(207) 871-8000
Comfort Inn90 Maine Mall RdSouth Portland, ME6.3 mi.(207) 775-0409
Embassy Suites Hotel1050 Westbrook StPortland, ME6.5 mi.(207) 775-2200
Holiday Inn By The Bay88 Spring StPortland, ME6.5 mi.(207) 775-2311
Eastland Park Hotel157 High StPortland, ME6.6 mi.(207) 746-5411
Fairfield Inn340 Park AvePortland, ME6.6 mi.(207) 871-0611
The Nautilus Guest HouseOcean Park, ME6.7 mi.(207) 934-2021
Doubletree Hotel Portland1230 Congress StPortland, ME6.8 mi.(207) 774-5611
Portland Regency Inn20 Milk StPortland, ME6.9 mi.(207) 774-4200
Hilton Gadren Inn Portland Airport145 Jetport BlvdPortland, ME7.1 mi.(207) 828-1117
Norman's Motel205 Saco AveOld Orchard BCH, ME7.3 mi.(207) 934-2201
Rodeway Inn- Saco/Old Orchard Beach21 Ocean Park RdSaco, ME8.3 mi.(207) 282-5569
Days Inn1150 Brighton AvePortland, ME8.4 mi.(207) 775-3711
Travelodge Of Portland1200 Brighton AvePortland, ME8.4 mi.(207) 774-6101
Holiday Inn Portland West81 Riverside StPortland, ME8.5 mi.(207) 774-5601
Bed & Breakfast
Brunswick Bed & Breakfast165 Park RowBrunswick, ME29.1 mi.(207) 729-4914

Higgins Beach 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

Higgins Beach Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Portland International Jetport airport (PWM) located about 6 miles north of Higgins Beach in Portland, Maine, the Sanford Regional airport (SFM) located approximately 24 miles west of Higgins Beach in Sanford, Maine, the Pease International Tradeport airport (PSM) located roughly 43 miles southwest of Higgins Beach in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the Concord Municipal airport (CON) located around 66 miles west of Higgins Beach in Concord, New Hampshire, and finally the Manchester airport (MHT) located about 72 miles southwest of Higgins Beach in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Higgins Beach Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Palace PlaylandOld Orchard BeachME5.7 mi.
Funtown Splashtown U.S.A.SacoME9.1 mi.
York's Wild KingdomYork BeachME31.5 mi.
Pirate's Fun ParkSalisburyMA57.2 mi.
Story LandGlenNH58.9 mi.
Canobie Lake ParkSalemNH70.7 mi.
JeepersMethuenMA73.7 mi.
Funworld Game CenterNashuaNH81.2 mi.
Santa's VillageJeffersonNH84.0 mi.
Six Gun CityJeffersonNH84.0 mi.
Water Parks
Aquaboggan Water SlideSacoME9.1 mi.
Water CountryPortsmouthNH41.6 mi.
Odyssey Water ParkTrentonME112.7 mi.
Golf Courses
Pleasant Hill Country ClubScarboroughME2.4 mi.
Nonesuch River Golf ClubScarboroughME3.5 mi.
Willowdale Golf ClubScarboroughME3.5 mi.
Sable Oaks Golf ClubSouth PortlandME6.3 mi.
Riverside Municipal Golf ClubPortlandME7.3 mi.
Twin Falls Golf ClubWestbrookME8.1 mi.
Rivermeadow Golf ClubWestbrookME8.8 mi.
Biddeford Saco Country ClubSacoME9.0 mi.
Gorham Country ClubGorhamME9.3 mi.
Westerly Winds Golf CourseWestbrookME11.5 mi.
Dutch Elm Golf ClubArundelME15.7 mi.
Great Chebeague Golf ClubChebeague IslandME15.7 mi.
Val Halla Golf & Recreation CenterCumberland CenterME16.0 mi.
Cape Arundel Golf ClubKennebunkportME16.7 mi.
Webhannet Golf ClubKennebunkME18.3 mi.
Freeport Country ClubFreeportME22.0 mi.
Frye Island Golf CourseFrye IslandME22.3 mi.
Spring Meadows Golf Course at Cole FarmsGrayME22.3 mi.
Sanford Golf ClubSanfordME26.1 mi.
Cape Neddick Country ClubOgunquitME27.9 mi.
Brunswick Golf ClubBrunswickME29.0 mi.
Ski Areas
Shawnee PeakBridgtonME40.4 mi.
GunstockGilfordNH56.4 mi.
Wildcat MountainJacksonNH60.4 mi.
Mount AbramLocke MillsME61.7 mi.
Sunday RiverBethelME63.6 mi.
Highlands MountainNorthfieldNH66.4 mi.
Waterville ValleyWaterville ValleyNH66.6 mi.
Black MountainRumfordME70.0 mi.
Camden SnowbowlCamdenME75.3 mi.
Loon MountainLincolnNH77.0 mi.
Ragged MountainDanburyNH79.3 mi.
Bretton WoodsTwin MountainNH79.7 mi.
Pats PeakHennikerNH81.8 mi.
Cannon MountainFranconiaNH86.4 mi.
Nashoba ValleyWestfordMA89.5 mi.
Mount SunapeeMount SunapeeNH91.1 mi.
Temple MountainPeterboroughNH96.7 mi.
Sugarloaf USAKingfieldME96.9 mi.
SaddlebackRangeleyME98.8 mi.
Balsams WildernessDixville NotchNH103.9 mi.
State Parks
Scarborough Beach State ParkME1.7 mi. 
Ferry Beach State ParkME2.4 mi. 
Crescent Beach State ParkME3.0 mi. 
Two Lights State ParkME4.0 mi. 
Wolfes Neck Woods State ParkME19.7 mi. 
Bradbury Mountain State ParkME24.0 mi. 
Popham Beach State ParkME28.4 mi. 
Sebago Lake State ParkME29.0 mi. 
Reid State ParkME32.2 mi. 
Range Ponds State ParkME33.5 mi. 
Vaughan Woods State ParkME36.4 mi. 
Fort McClary State ParkME39.3 mi. 
Portland Harbor MuseumSouth PortlandME6.0 mi.(History)
Maine Memory NetworkPortlandME7.1 mi.(History)
Portland Museum of ArtPortlandME7.1 mi.(Art)
Center For Maine History Museum Gallery at the Maine Historical SocietyPortlandME7.1 mi.(History)
Seashore Trolley MuseumKennebunkportME16.9 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Counting House MuseumSouth BerwickME34.8 mi.(History)
Wright MuseumWolfeboroNH46.5 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Zoos and Aquariums
New England AquariumBostonMA91.9 mi.
Franklin Park ZooBostonMA91.9 mi.

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