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“Really nice not developed beach” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Higgins Beach

Ranked #1 of 24 things to do in Scarborough
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Owner description: This popular beach is also known for surfing.
Loudonville
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3 reviews
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“Really nice not developed beach”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2013

Wow if you want the polar opposite of Hampton beach and the like this place is for you. Finding lodging near it is rough but really worth the effort.

Visited July 2013
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Grimsby, Canada
1 review
“Picturesque”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2013

Beautiful beach. Amazing to see the tide go out. Lots of treasures for kids to find! Outstanding surf and picturesque views. Clean, friendly people and loads of fun!

Visited August 2013
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Tubac, Arizona
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106 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Higgins Beach and Other Sandy Warm Maine Beaches”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2013

First, a Nature lesson: Only warmer ocean water produces sandy beaches. By warmer, I mean over 60 degrees. The northernmost sandy Maine beaches are just south of Portland in Cape Elizabeth and Scarborough, Maine. There's Twin Lights State Park in Cape Elizabeth and Scarborough Beach in Prouts Neck (donated to the public by the Rockefeller family, thank you).
And between them is Higgins Beach. All are wide, sandy beaches where the water can range from 60 degrees upwards of 70 if the currents are right. This summer (July, 2013) we've had a week stretch where the water has been consistently in the low 70's - unseasonably warm even by New England standards. Higgins Beach is just off of 77 and don't forget to stop at the Higgins Beach Market where you can buy incredible, artisan sandwiches (grilled chicken & lobster rolls are fantastic) fresh fruit, home-made whoopie pies, ice cream, soda pop and even wine and beer. Parking at State Beaches is generally $10 per car which is very reasonable. There's surfing there, too, so bring your boards.

Visited July 2013
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South Portland, Maine
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55 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Paradise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2013

I love Higgins beach. I live about 10 minutes away and have access to parking there. It's just a beautiful Maine beach.

Visited July 2013
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Texas Gulf Coast, Texas
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474 reviews
293 attraction reviews
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“One of Maine's Best Family Beaches”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2013

Located off ME 77, this roughly half-mile (1.0 km) long, quite narrow, sandy, neighborhood beach lies between meandering Spurwink River and a rocky outcrop. Public and barrier-free access is via a path to the beach. Public parking is scarce, limited to a new public lot and a second smaller private lot nearby. Curbside parking on local streets near the beach is illegal. The beach is clean and nearly debris-free. Its views are dull and ordinary for the southern Maine coast. Other than its lack of public toilets, changing rooms, picnic tables, snack shops, or other facilities for beachgoers it’s a very family-friendly place to visit if you live within walking distance or rent a beach cottage.

Visited May 2013
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