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Cape Elizabeth - Crescent Beach State Park

66 Two Lights Road

Open all year; 9:00 a.m. to sunset daily unless otherwise signed at gate. Fee charged.

Crescent Beach State Park opened in 1966 and is located about eight miles south of Portland in picturesque Cape Elizabeth. Sandy oceanfront beaches, saltwater coves, wooded areas, and rock ledges provide seashore recreation for beachgoers, fishing and watersports enthusiasts, and nature observers. Crescent Beach State Park is a classic saltwater beach park with beach grass-studded sand dunes, ocean breezes, herring gulls, picnic areas and views of fishing boats and an offshore island.

The park's signature feature and namesake is a mile-long, crescent-shaped beach ideal for strolling and sunbathing, where relatevely warm waters and light surf make swimming and boating a pleasure. A few feet from the crowded summer sands are trails for walking and nature watching.

In the off-season when the park is closed to vehicles, walkers are welcome to enjoy the tranquility of the beaches and trails. In the winter, visitors can hike or cross-country ski on paths under a canopy of snow-covered evergreen boughs.


Megan Ferland

Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017
It's a beautiful mile long beach. Great if you like collecting smooth rocks & sea glass. The waves aren't usually too big & there's a rocky cliff area at one end. It's usually not overcrowded & has a good bathroom/changing building (although the curtains are too small for many of the stalls so you might need a hand to avoid flashing people while changing).

Martin Arroyos

Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017
Price of entry was a tad more than I'd usually be willing to pay but there was plenty of parking and definitely not as crowded as I'd imagine for a beach. Great for letting the waves crash into you while you wade in the water and look for shells and seaglass or just sitting back and reading a good book.

Benjamin Koegler

Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018
The most amazing beach I've been to. The stones along the shore are naturally polished and beautifully surreal

MoJo Wisco

Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017
I was fine paying the out of state guests fee of $20 for my family to enter. Parking lot is huge, so you will probably always find a spot. The beach coast line actually looks like a crescent! But for $20, they could maybe drag the sand and swimming area a couple times a week? There was dead seaweed everywhere. I even made a little seaweed man in the sand for a joke. Kids couldn't swim because the seaweed was so thick just a few feet into the water.

Eric StCyr

Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017
Nice place for a day at the beach. Bathrooms and changing area. Plenty of parking. Cost money to get in but about as much as it is to park in OOB for the day and this beach isn't as packed. Lots of locals by the looks. Great walking trails and plenty to explore if the beach isn't your thing. Perfect place for a picnic with the family.

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