Portland is well known for its food and dining scene but the city also provides countless ways to get outside and enjoy the summer. These are a few of our favorite beaches that are all within a 20-minute drive of The Francis!
.01 // WILLARD BEACH (10 MINUTE DRIVE FROM THE FRANCIS)
Willard Beach is a 4-acre sandy beach located in South Portland. The gentle surf makes it especially kid-friendly and the beach offers beautiful views of Spring Point Ledge Light and passing sailboats.
.02 // CRESCENT BEACH (17 MINUTE DRIVE FROM THE FRANCIS)
Part of Crescent Beach State Park, this mile-long sandy beach is popular with families due to its gentle surf and its easy walking and sunbathing.
.03 // HIGGINS BEACH (19 MINUTE DRIVE FROM THE FRANCIS)
The picturesque drive from Portland to Higgins Beach is part of the charm of this beautiful beach. The surf is mostly calm, the beach is soft and inviting and at low tide there’s plenty of space to walk and wander along the waves.
.04 // SCARBOROUGH BEACH STATE PARK (19 MINUTE DRIVE FROM THE FRANCIS)
This family-friendly beach offers some of the best swimming in all of New England with water temperatures in the high 60’s throughout July and August.
.05 // FERRY BEACH (20 MINUTE DRIVE FROM THE FRANCIS)
Ferry Beach is a sandy beach along the Scarborough River channel. This quiet, clean beach features crystal-clear water, perfect for an afternoon swim.