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Beach & ocean resorts in Greater Portland & Casco Bay create a wonderful vacation

In New England the beach beckons. Whatever pulls you to the ocean New England has it - from quiet coves, to wide sand beaches, and up the coast to rock cliffs pounded by waves. The best way to enjoy your getaway beach vacation is to stay at one of these fine beach resorts. Expect waterfront accommodations, fine service, and great dining. Add to that spa service, charter fishing, and fine dining along the beach or with an ocean view. This is where romance is kindled and families come to play. From Rhode Island’s South County, northward to the unparalleled beaches and luxury resorts of Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard are many fine waterfront lodgings. North of Boston along Cape Ann and into Maine you will discover more sandy beaches and spectacular cliffs pounded by waves. Expect great lodging and service from New England’s finest ocean and beach resorts and you will not be disappointed.

34 Ocean Avenue Scarborough, ME, 04074 Phone: 207-883-6684

Golden memories can be made at this ocean resort

Treasure can be found everywhere at the Higgins Beach Inn, 15 minutes from Portland on Maine’s spectacular coast. There’s an actual shipwreck on the white-sand shores of Higgins Beach, mere feet away from the inn. But maybe treasure is the sand dollar your kids will find at the beach, one of Maine’s finest. It might be sleeping late in your room (worth your weight in gold), eating a smoked local seafood platter at the Shade restaurant or going for a sunset stroll by the Atlantic. If it’s memories you treasure, create some here: Learn to ocean surf, go for a sail in the calm waters of nearby Sebago Lake, take the family for a fun day at the Old Orchard Beach pier.

22 McKinley Court Portland, ME, 04109 Phone: 207-805-9836

The sea beckons and the island provides the touches

A short ferry voyage on Casco Bay leads you to Great Diamond Island and the Inn at Diamond Cove, an intimate resort with every service and amenity in place for a bountiful and peaceful respite. For fun, exercise and sundries, you’re in the heart of Maine’s coastal history in what was formerly an artistic retreat community with its own General Store, miles of scenic trails, Pebble Beach and Fort McKinley, constructed in Portland Harbor in the late 19th and early 20th century. Choose from 44 deluxe guest rooms and suites and there’s an outdoor pool, fitness room and activity center and a short walk away, Diamonds Edge Restaurant and full service marina.