Destination guide

Ocean and river fun in Higgins Beach, Scarborough

The quaint, ocean front village of Higgins Beach, Scarborough is set on a stunning stretch of white sand near the mouth of the Spurwink River. With its proximity to ocean, river, and inland attractions, it's a gorgeous place to stay awhile and explore. Higgins Beach, Scarborough vacation rentals are perfectly situated for anyone into river kayaking, body surfing and board surfing, or for those who just fancy strolls down the beach, hand in hand with their partner. Nearby restaurants serve up the very best Maine seafood with platters of succulent lobster, tender crab, and plump oysters in rich chowder.

Things to do

Dog sleds and late night canoe tours

After days of fun on the white sand beaches of Higgins Beach, Scarborough, you can head inland to the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center and explore Maine's largest salt marsh by canoe or on foot. You could also take an early morning bird walk or, if you're feeling brave, a nighttime Almost Full Moon Canoe Tour. Higgins Beach, Scarborough vacation rentals are close to other attractions such as the Portland Head Lighthouse at nearby Cape Elizabeth. In winter, meanwhile, sledding is a thrilling and unique adventure that allows you to learn how to mush a team of dogs before taking an exciting ride across the snow.


Fishing and snowmobiling at Higgins Beach, Scarborough

Higgins Beach, Scarborough is a haven for outdoor fun any time of year. In winter, when snow blankets the beach and turns local ponds and lakes to ice, it's a great time to bundle up in comfy layers and head for the nearest ice rink for an afternoon of twirls and spins. Higgins Beach, Scarborough vacation rentals are a great base to rest up for other outdoorsy adventures, like snowmobiling through snow-covered, balsam-scented forests. In summer, there's nothing better than a day at the beach, building sandcastles, surfing the waves, and taking an exciting fishing cruise for striped bass.


Winter and summer surfing at Higgins Beach, Scarborough

Summer here is balmy with temperatures in the high 70s and a cool coastal breeze that keeps things comfortable during the day, and a bit nippy at night. It's a lovely time of year for fishing trips, surfing and swimming in the Atlantic, and nature hikes in nearby state parks and reserves. Winter is cold and snowy, with temperatures dipping as low as 10. No need to let it stop you enjoying the water, however. Slip on a wet suit and take to the waves for the thrillingly frigid sport of winter surfing.

Natural features

Marine life abounds at Higgins Beach, Scarborough

Higgins Beach is in the town of Scarborough, facing the vast reaches of the Atlantic Ocean. Set by the Spurwink River, it's only around 20 minutes south of Portland, and short drive from Portland International Jetport. A coastal drive of around 2 hours will find you in Boston, Massachusetts. The chilly Atlantic waters are home to myriad species of marine life, and, armed with binoculars, you may be lucky enough to spot whales and dolphins. Clambering along the rocks you can also spy sea-stars and crabs. If you go fishing, you may reel in cod, tuna, and flounder.

Can I find a vacation rental around Higgins Beach?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,420 vacation rentals near Higgins Beach. From 718 Houses to 244 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Higgins Beach for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay near Higgins Beach?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend near Higgins Beach:

  • Goose Rocks Beach: 65 vacation rentals
  • Peaks Island: 78 vacation rentals
  • Pine Point: 275 vacation rentals
  • Biddeford Pool: 78 vacation rentals
  • Bailey Island: 144 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I rent Houses near Higgins Beach?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 718 Houses near Higgins Beach. Our other popular types of vacation rentals near Higgins Beach include:

  • Cottages: 244 rentals available
  • Cabins: 244 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 244 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Condos/Apartments and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool near Higgins Beach?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 159 rentals with pool available near Higgins Beach. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

    Can I book a vacation rental directly online or instantly near Higgins Beach?

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