South Portland - Willard Beach Area

Welcome to South Portland - Willard Beach

A beachfront town with friendly neighborhoods


South Portland is a suburb of Portland, the largest city in Maine. Unlike its more urban counterpart to the north, the South Portland area is greatly suburban, with a diversity of different styles of houses accommodating a range of lifestyles. Willard Beach is a large part of the social scene in South Portland. It houses the main commercial area, as well as an amazing beach and surrounding green. The Portland area enjoys all four seasons with its beaches during the summers and their community events highlighting the culture and history of the area, throughout the year. 

You will find most of the shops, boutiques, and grocery stores that residents frequent for daily necessities, or weekend strolls in Willard Beach. South Portland offers a quieter, slower pace of life, reflected in a quiet date night, or a family-friendly dinner. However, the area is minutes from downtown Portland and all its big city amenities, 



What to Love

  • Picturesque white sand beaches and watersports 
  • Cute and quiet shopping areas
  • Proximity to excellent schools and universities 

Local Lifestyle

South Portland offers a relaxed take on life opposed to the busy lifestyle of those who live in downtown Portland. Southern Maine Community College attracts students to South Portland. A large portion of the population in South Portland is families. Like the residents of Portland, those of South Portland and Willard Beach have a love for art and a local economy based around artistic disciplines. It also incorporates the local land, history, and wildlife of Maine. It’s common to see local artists painting at one of the green spaces or musicians playing at one of the restaurants or bars in the area. There are many opportunities to savor the culture, never seeming out of reach to those who want to enjoy the arts. 



Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping

Like the New England area, South Portland has an amazing assortment of locally caught seafood and prides itself on serving these delicacies at many of the local bars and restaurants. The Saltwater Grille is a locally owned, fine dining establishment with amazing views of the marina and ocean. North 43 Bistro at Spring Point Marina, serves up a sophisticated and upscale take on classic American fare. Scratch Bakery has freshly made bread and pastries baked bright and early every day. You can grab something on the go or dine-in for breakfast. 

A fun night out with friends and family can be had at
Sea Dog Brewing and Bowling. They have a large assortment of local beers and a little bit of competitive bowling fun.

South Portland area residents support their locally owned businesses, and the Willard Beach area has everything from daily necessities to homewares. The largest mall in the South Portland area is the Maine Mall, where you will find popular brands such as Apple and Macy’s.

It’s very common to see South Portland and Willard Beach green areas with live entertainment or small concerts, especially in the summer. The proximity to downtown Portland means that events are easily accessible. As Portland is a large art center, there are always art shows or events that love to celebrate the history and maritime culture of the region. 



Things to Do

The Tri for a Cure is a triathlon that raises money for cancer research. It is a popular summer event in the community. When residents are looking for a quiet experience where they can spread out, have a picnic, and relax with friends and family, they head to Bug Light Park or Willard Beach. Bug Light Park has a historic lighthouse and plenty of green space. Willard Beach has family-safe swimming and a white sand beach. No attraction in the Portland area would be complete without art and the Art in the Park at Millcreek is one of the highlights on the calendar. 




South Portland is served by the Portland Public School system.  



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