Cape Elizabeth

Welcome to Cape Elizabeth

A small beachside town immersed in maritime history


Cape Elizabeth is a small, coastal town in the Portland, Maine metropolitan area. Cape Elizabeth is a suburban city in the southern part of Portland. It is a rural bubble, dominated by picturesque beach houses and single-family homes. The famous rocky Maine shore is the highlight of the region and the adventure in the area is a huge draw. Residents of Cape Elizabeth love the outdoors and are often spending time at one of the many beaches or visiting one of the state parks in Portland. 

Cape Elizabeth embraces a calmer view of life. The residents love to relax in some of the most stunning scenery minutes from their doorstep. Ocean House Road is the main commercial area in town, with a small assortment of cute boutiques and cafes. Cape Elizabeth enjoys a sense of isolation in its idyllic bubble, and they have South Portland minutes away for expanded shopping and dining opportunities. 



What to Love

  • Picturesque lighthouses 
  • The coast of Maine
  • Relaxed atmosphere with plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors

Local Lifestyle

Residents of Cape Elizabeth love to keep their small neighborhoods relatively unchanged due to the surrounding natural beauty. During the summer, locals enjoy the crystal clear, blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The perfect weather makes outdoor events, such as shows and concerts, a common and popular activity. Cape Elizabeth is home to picture-perfect lighthouses, several of which offer tours. It is an opportunity for a family-friendly outing and learning about the maritime history of Maine. Hiking, mountain biking, and boating spots are numerous in some of the lowlands areas, and they provide areas where people can gather, mingle, and enjoy the summer weather. 



Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping

Due to the ocean access, locally caught seafood is very common in Cape Elizabeth. The Lobster Shack has an authentic seaside experience with world-famous Maine lobster, freshly caught. The Well at Jordan’s Farm has countryside dining. It is a small, family-run restaurant that only uses locally sourced ingredients. The Kettle Cove Creamery is a local staple with handmade ice cream. The C Salt is a maritime-themed cafe with coffee and breakfast. They sell local goods as well. 

Cape Elizabeth shares many of the same shopping areas with neighboring towns, especially Portland and South Portland which are minutes away. Ocean House Road is where you will find local shops and restaurants that you can’t find anywhere else but in Cape Elizabeth. The Maine Mall is the largest mall close to Cape Elizabeth with name-brand stores such as Pink and Jared The Galleria Of Jewelry. 

Cape Elizabeth’s entertainment is defined by Portland and South Portland as well. It is a quick and easy drive to catch a production, listen to a concert, or view an art show. With the large arts community in the area, there is no shortage of family-friendly fun while learning about the historic traditions and history of the area. 



Things to Do

With the wide-open spaces of Cape Elizabeth, there is no shortage of things to do, with options for some fun and quick after work, or for a long weekend. Many activities revolve around enjoying the great outdoors, with amazing hiking and sightseeing. A visit to Fort Williams or Two Lights State Park are opportunities to soak in some history while being outside. They are similar parks that showcase and educate about the history of Maine’s rocky shoreline. At the idyllic lighthouses, children and adults learn about maritime history from several decades ago. The Beach to Beacon 10K, is a community-focused road race traversing through the Cape Elizabeth region. The Strawberry Festival is a highlight on the local calendar for the arts and crafts community and one where the success is due to the volunteers and the people in the community.   




Cape Elizabeth is served by the Cape Elizabeth School Department.



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