Scarborough, Maine is located on the southern coast of the state. With a population of around 17,000, Scarborough has a small town friendly atmosphere, even though it is only 7 miles south of Portland, Maine. Scarborough, Maine has stunning outdoor scenery. Its sandy beaches with outcroppings of rock beckon all to come and enjoy its picturesque location. Ferry Beach is protected from ocean winds, so it is a great place to soak in rays and enjoy water activities, such as snorkeling and kayaking. On the other hand, Higgins Beach produces large waves and attracts surfers from near and far. Located in close proximity to the center of town is the Oakhill Plaza Shopping Center; Scarborough also boasts a Cabela's, an outdoor enthusiast's number one place to shop. Restaurants in Scarborough offer a variety of tempting dishes. There are Italian, Thai, and Chinese restaurants, and of course some of the best Seafood in New England in served in Scarborough. Even though it is considered a resort town, the nightlife is active. Scarborough boasts taverns, pubs, patio bars, dance clubs, and nightclubs. For those who like the fast side of life, every Saturday night from late April through September, NASCAR hosts exciting races at the Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, the foremost short-track speedway in New England. NASCAR also schedules other popular events on selected other days of the week throughout the summer. There is plenty to see and enjoy in Scarborough, Maine.