With lifeguards on duty, water temperatures in the high 60s in July and August, and a consistently frothy surf, Scarborough Beach State Park is a great place to swim or ride the waves. Billowing sand dunes provide a great backdrop for a stroll, a bike ride, or a search for sea shells. And, of course, there’s always sunbathing.
The beach is just a 15-minute drive from Portland. The nearby town of Scarborough has plenty of lodging and restaurants.
There are a limited number of parking spaces—285 on-site and 125 off-site. Weekends, the on-site spaces tend to be full by 11:30, and the off-site spaces by 12:30, so plan accordingly.
Scarborough Beach State Park
414 Blackpoint Road
Scarborough, ME 04074
Day use fees March 4 – November 14: See web site
Day use fees November 15 – March 3: Free – Parking on street only
Hours are listed on their web site here.
From Portland, take I-295 south for 2.5 miles, then take exit 4 to merge onto US-1 heading south. Follow US-1 for about 5 miles. Turn left on Black Point Road, and follow it about 4 miles to the park.
For more information, visit www.scarboroughbeachstatepark.com.