Willard Beach is a small sand and pebble beach tucked between Fisherman’s Point and the campus of Southern Maine Community College in a quiet neighborhood of South Portland. Just four acres in size, the beach hugs Simonton Cove and is enjoyed immensely by visitors and locals alike. Spread out in the sun and take in the views of Cushing Island and Ram Island Light in Casco Bay. Go for a refreshing swim, breathe in the salty air, listen to the buoys clang offshore and watch the ferries ply the waters of the bay.
The bathhouse is open in summer, and has restrooms, a snack bar and showers. There is parking for 75 cars a short walk from the beach on Willow St. Dogs are allowed in summer, but only before 9 a.m. and after 7 p.m.
From the north end of the beach, stairs lead up to the Spring Point Shoreway Trail on SMCC's campus. The trail leads a short distance to Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse, in operation since 1897 at the entrance to Portland Harbor.