Call Us: 800-833-0721
When you think of Maine, you might envision Bar Harbor, Ogunquit and Kennebunkport. And while all of them offer lovely sand and surf, Short Sands Beach wins our vote. Small in size, it's perfect for families with young children, who enjoy calm, clean water (you won't likely see giant waves), lifeguards, restrooms, along with a playground and basketball court. Downtown York Beach is literally right next to Short Sands Beach, too, providing easy access to shops, restaurants, hotels, and attractions, which include York's Wild Animal Kingdom Zoo and Fun Park. Pack a picnic lunch and head to Nubble Light (Cape Neddick Lighthouse) while you're in the area.
Insider Tip for Families: York Trolley runs between Short Sands and Long Sands beaches for an easy and inexpensive way to explore the area. The Shoreline Explorer's Purple Line picks up from Short Sands to go to Ogunquit - tickets are a few dollars and kids under 18 ride free.
Short Sands Beach
The Union Bluff Hotel is located on Short Sands Beach. This is a sheltered beach, located in the cove between Concordville and the Union Bluff. The sand is soft and warm, the surf gentle and the beach is close to the downtown area with many shops and restaurants. Ellis Park offers a grassy lawn area for picnics, as well as a modern playground and basketball court. Metered parking is available in the Ellis Park municipal lot. If you are a guest at the Hotel you will be provided with with a parking permit for 1 vehicle.
Long Sands Beach
Long Sands Beach follows along Coastal Rt. 1A for about 3 miles of gorgeous white sand, big waves and unparalleled views of the magnificent Atlantic Ocean. You can even see the Nubble Lighthouse from the beach. Rent a raft and ride the waves, join the surfers in the "Surfing Only" area, take a long stroll in the shallow waves or just sit and soak up the summer sun. There are take-out restaurants along the beach road and a surf shop for surf gear and rentals. Metered parking is available along the beach.
Cape Neddick Beach
Cape Neddick Beach is on the Shore Road off Rt. 1A North.
This beach is the best beach for tide pooling because when the
tide is out you can walk out to the point and find lots of treasures
that are left in the sand. Limited permit parking is available from
Memorial Day through Labor Day.