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Scarborough is located on the coast of Maine just south of the City of Portland. Although Maine’s coast is primarily a rocky coastline, Scarborough is home to several sandy beaches.

Please view our Amenities Guide for more detailed information about all Scarborough parks, trails, fields, beaches, and more.

Amenities Guide [PDF]

Beach Map


Ferry Beach

A sandy beach along the Scarborough River channel, Ferry Beach is somewhat protected from ocean waves by the jetty located on the other side of the channel.
  • Maintainance: Public beach; the Town maintains the beach area, parking lot, and facilities.
  • Hours: Sunrise to sunset
  • Parking: Municipal parking lot is located at the end of Ferry Rd. (off Black Point Rd.).
    • Parking lot collection hours from 9 AM to 5 PM.
    • Parking lot open from sunrise to sunset. Violators will be towed.
    • $10/day for passenger cars and motorcycles; 
    • $35/day for RV’s, buses, and campers
    • End of Day (3 PM to 5 PM) $5 for passenger cars and motorcycles
    • Seasonal Beach Parking Passes available at the Town Clerk's Office.
  • Type of Sand: White sandy beach 
  • Lifeguards: No
  • Public Restrooms: Yes, with showers
  • Fishing: Surf casting
  • Boat Access: Municipal boat launch
    • Fees apply
    • Seasonal Boat Launch Permits available at the Town Clerk's Office.
  • Surfing: Allowed; limited wave action due to its sheltered area.
    • All surfers must be connected to their board by using a “surfboard leash” 7’ to 10’ in length.
  • Food/Snack Bar: Snack cart
  • Trash: Barrels provided
  • Picnic/B-B-Q Facilities: No

Pine Point Beach (Hurd Park)

A long sandy beach on Saco Bay that extends from the jetty at Pine Point to Old Orchard Beach.
  • MaintainanceBoth public and private with public access; the Town maintains the beach area, parking lot, and facilities. The Town rakes the beach weekly during the summer months.
  • Hours: Sunrise to sunset
  • Parking: Municipal parking lot is located on Avenue 5 (off King St.).
    • Parking lot collection hours from 9 AM to 5 PM.
    • Parking lot open from sunrise to sunset. Violators will be towed.
    • $10/day for passenger cars and motorcycles
    • $35/day for RV’s, buses, and campers
    • End of Day (3 PM to 5 PM) $5 for passenger cars and motorcycles
    • Seasonal Beach Parking Passes available at the Town Clerk's Office.
  • Type of Sand: White sandy beach 
  • Lifeguards: No
  • Public Restrooms: Yes, with showers
  • Fishing: Surf casting
  • Boat Access: No
  • Surfing: Allowed; more wave action than Ferry Beach thanks to its location on Saco Bay.
    • All surfers must be connected to their board by using a “surfboard leash” 7’ to 10’ in length.
  • Food/Snack Bar: Concession stand
  • Trash: Barrels provided
  • Picnic/B-B-Q Facilities: No

Kayak Storage Space for Rent -- Pine Point Co-Op and Ferry Beach

Tired of lugging your kayak to and from the beach? Community Services has the answer for you! We now have a 8-space kayak rack at the Pine Point Co-Op and a 3-space rack at Ferry Beach available to rent. $100 for residents, $150 for non-residents. Stop by our office to register and receive your rack decal. Limited spaces available.

Kayak Rack Rental Application

Higgins Beach

A sandy beach located within a quaint residential neighborhood that dates back to the late 1800’s.
  • Maintainance: Private with public access; the Higgins Beach Association and the Town maintain the beach area, parking lot, and facilities. The Town maintains the stairs and ADA ramp.
  • Hours: Sunrise to sunset
  • Parking: Municipal parking lot is located at 41 Ocean Ave. (off Route 77/Spurwink Rd.); limited street parking also available on Bayview Ave., including two designated ADA spaces.
    • Parking lot collection hours from 9 AM to 5 PM.
    • Parking lot open from sunrise to sunset. Violators will be towed.
    • $10/day for passenger cars and motorcycles
    • No parking for RV’s, buses, and campers
    • Seasonal Beach Parking Passes available at the Town Clerk's Office
    • No street parking at Higgins Beach year-round with the exception of designated spaces on Bayview Avenue.
  • Type of Sand: White sandy beach
  • Lifeguards: No
    • Public Restrooms: Yes, with showers
  • Fishing: Surf casting
  • Boat Access: n/a
  • Surfing: Not allowed from 11 AM to 5 PM from June 15 to September 15. 
    • All surfers must be connected to their board by using a “surfboard leash” 7’ to 10’ in length.
  • Food/Snack Bar: No
  • Trash: Barrels provided
  • Picnic/B-B-Q Facilities: None

Scarborough Beach

 long and sandy stretch owned by the Maine Bureau of Parks and Land and operated by an independent contractor.

Fee Collection

Fees are collected for parking and boat launching from the Friday before Memorial Day through the Tuesday after Labor Day. Collections take place daily, including weekends, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Parking

Parking lots are open daily from sunrise to sunset. Any vehicle remaining in the parking lot after hours will be towed at the owner's expense.

Beach Parking Passes & Boat Launching Permits

The Town Clerks Office will be the primary office issuing beach parking permits beginning Monday, May 12. The Collections Office will also issue beach parking permits only to those customers who are also doing business in their office.

Please be sure to bring your vehicle registration with you as it is necessary to purchase a beach parking permit. 

Prices below have been updated for the 2016 beach season:


Piping Plovers

The Piping Plover is an endangered marine bird protected by both State and Federal laws. They are small sandy-colored shorebirds that nest on beaches. Some of the most successful breeding of these birds occurs in Scarborough.

If you would like to be a Volunteer Beach Monitor, please follow the link below! Being a volunteer monitor is a great way to get yourself and your family out on the beach. It also gives you the chance to see a unique and endangered animal.

Volunteer Beach Monitor Sign Up Link 

For updated piping plover nesting location, please view the Piping Plover Nest Sites Map.

Dogs and Horses on the Beach

Dogs

For current, detailed information about bringing a dog to the beach, refer to the Animal Control Ordinance linked below.
Animal Control Ordinance [PDF]

Horses

For current, detailed information about riding a horse on the beach, refer to the Horse Beach Permit Ordinance linked below.
Horse Beach Permit Ordinance [PDF]

Weddings and Special Events

If you are interested in hosting a wedding or other special event at Pine Point Beach / Hurd Park, please refer to the document linked below for policies and instructions.

Additional Resources

US Harbors: Maine - Tide Chart [Exit Site]

Maine Healthy Coastal Beaches Program [Exit Site] - Scarborough participates in the Maine Healthy Coastal Beaches Program, which provides the State of Maine with a system to monitor public beaches and notify the public when there is a potentially hazardous condition. Town employees collect water samples on a weekly basis for the purpose of testing for high levels of bacteria.

Scarborough Municipal Building
Upper Level, Room 325

259 U.S. Route 1 / P.O. Box 360
Scarborough, ME 04070-0360
Hours:  M-F, 8 AM - 4 PM
Passport Hrs: T-Th, 9 AM - 3 PM 
Phone: (207) 730-4150
Fax: (207) 730-4165
Email: comserv




Bill Reichl
Recreation Manager
Phone: (207) 730-4155
Email: breichl