Beaches in York Maine
Long Sands Beach
Long Sands beach runs parallel to Coastal Route 1A and is approximately 2 miles long. Sections of the beach are most popular for swimming, surfing and volleyball tournaments are often played in the sand. The best swimming is about the middle of the beach where public restrooms are also available. Metered parking is available along the side of the road. Long Sands Beach is only 1 mile from the York Harbori Inn.
Short Sands Beach
Short Sands Beach is a mile further north of Long Sands on Coastal Route 1A. This beach has a higher sand bar and therefore is better for sunbathing at high tide than Long Sands. Enjoy watching salt water taffy being made the old fashioned way at theGoldenrod or play some arcade games at the Fun-O-Rama. York Beach is a traditional New England beach town and is filled with family activities including many gift shops, restaurants, an arcade, and bowling. Also located in the heart of York Beach is York's Wild Kingdom and Amusement Park complete with a full zoo, a petting arena, amusement rides and more. Numerous sidewalk shops and places to eat are also located in the park. Call 1-207-363-4911 for seasonal hours and more information.
York Harbor Beach
York Harbor Beach is directly across the street from the York Harbor Inn (pictured top and right). Known as the ‘locals’ beach, it often is full of children riding the waves and families picnicking in the sand. This is a more secluded beach that is close by and great for tide pooling. Although there is permit parking only on the access road during the summer, don’t worry, if you’re staying at the Inn your only a 3-minute walk away!
Cape Neddick Beach
Cape Neddick Beach is located on the Shore Road headed into Ogunquit, Maine. Like York Harbor Beach, it is a secluded beach that is great for tide pooling. Limited permit parking only is allowed along the roadside from Memorial Day through Labor Day.