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.
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.
WILLARD BEACH DOG RULES AND REGULATIONS
While Willard Beach is a dog friendly destination, there are rules, regulations and ordinances that must be followed.
Dogs are permitted May 1st - September 30th from 7 A.M - 9 A.M. & 7 P.M. - 9 P.M. ONLY. Dogs are permitted on the beach from October 1st - April 30th from 6 A.M. - 9 P.M.
For more information on South Portland's Animals and Fowl ordinance, please click here.