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“local and exclusive” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Higgins Beach

Higgins Beach
Scarborough, ME
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Ranked #2 of 20 Attractions in Scarborough
Type: Beaches, Outdoors
Activities: Surfing
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Owner description: This popular beach is also known for surfing.
Gorham, Maine
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“local and exclusive”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

This is a place with great waves compared to the other beaches in the area. But it is mostly geared for the locals and it is hard to find parking in the summer. But if you can find it, it is soooo worth it if you like a quiet beach.

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Maine
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
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“Best Sufing Beach near Portland”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

Great surf for Maine..Family friendly. A great spot if you are staying in the area, The parking is poor and the water chilly, bu the sand and surf are great

Visited August 2012
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Corinth, Texas
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“Shipwreck Remains of Middleton on Higgins Beach in Scarborough, Maine”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

Had heard about this shipwreck and knew of it's approximate location but had never been there. Happened onto it at low tide and it was really cool to look at. Not much left to see but it is still worth going to see and walk the beach at the same time.

Visited September 2012
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Scarborough, ME
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“Most relaxing beach in Maine”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012 via mobile

We have been in the southern Maine area for 30+ years and have been so happy to finally spend time at Higgins. The previous reviews are pretty accurate. There is not a lot of sandy beach at high tide hight in front of the homes, but there is if you go to the left towards the river, lots of it!

The parking is a challenge, but that does keep the crowds down. The "vegetable stand" at the end of the access road is so much more than that. You can get homemade doughnuts in the am, a variety of out of town newspapers, great hot and cold sandwiches, and they have a huge selection of bottled beers and wine too.

There is a surf crowd here that adds to the ambiance. There are also wake boarders, sea kyakers, paddle boarders, and skim boarders. No dogs on the beach 9-6 in the summer but early am or after dinner works, I think must be on leash at times.

At low tide you can walk out a 1/2 mile from the storm wall I the sandbars. Bocce and soccer were great activities for us on the large expanses of flat sand. It is also a scavengers paradise with snails, small crab, hermit crabs, star fish, shells, and even a few sand dollars.

But our favorite thing to do was to ride what we started to call the lazy river. About an hour after peak high tide (tide chart on line) go all the way to the left side of the beach to the Spurwink River. Then walk as far up the river as you can towards the marsh grass and jump in! Swim towards the middle and just ride the tide out to the sandbars! Our kids and guests loved it! We did it many times each day in the swift, shallow, clear mix of fresh and salt water.

Visit Higgins, you will be glad you did!

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“Best get a cottage nearby, no parking”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

The waves were not very big while we were there, but the sufers were patiently waiting......there is no parking....you can drop off and pick up....there is a HIggins Beach Inn nearby you can walk too...and cottages available to rent. Not much else is nearby except a vegtable stand on the end of Ocean Drive. So if you are renting a cottage make sure you shop first BEFORE you arrive, or you will be taking a long drive back to stores. The area is pretty secluded, except for the houses which is great for families and couples. Very low key....

Visited August 2012
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