Description - One of the most populated areas of the state, Portland offers numerous cultural and outdoor recreation opportunities. Visiting historic villages or canoeing on placid blueways, this region offers a diverse menu for the vacationer. State parks and wildlife refuges in the region are home to hundreds of species of birds, animals, reptiles and amphibians.
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Fresh Water Pond, Two Lights State Park
- The Greater Portland and Casco Bay Region is one of the mostly densely populated areas of the state. Located in the southern area of Maine, year-round temperatures offer year-round vacationing. The beautiful coastline offers both rock laden beaches and sandy sun drenched beaches. Easy access to the water provides year-round sailing opportunities along with year-round fishing opportunities.
Recreation - One of the most populated areas of the state, Portland offers numerous cultural and outdoor recreation opportunities. Several state parks are within the region. One of the most impressive is Two Lights State Park. It is a day use park offering hidden picnic sites along a fabulous and interesting rock cliff shore. Other state parks in the area such as Crescent Beach and Scarborough offer a quiet get away with beautiful views of the North Atlantic and the working fleet of lobster boats.
Climate - The Greater Portland and Casco Bay Region sees daytime winter temperatures averaging above 18 degrees Fahrenheit (above -8 Celsius). Summers are pleasant and rarely experience hot days. The visitor can expect daytime temperatures to range above 68 degrees Fahrenheit (above 20 Celsius). The region has an average precipitation of more than 44 inches (112 centimeters) each year. Summer rainfall averages 3 - 4 inches per month.
Located immediately above the gateway to Maine, resting on the rocky coast, is the Greater Portland and Casco Bay Region. The area has the smallest geographic land mass but houses a majority of the state's population.