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Long Sands Beach, York Beach

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Visit a 1.6 km (1 mi) long white-sand beach and go for a swim, stroll, or just relax at Long Sands Beach. Although bustling with tourists from mid-June to the first week of September, with as many as 3,000-5,000 visitors per day, the beach offers a good number of parking spaces and access for people with disabilities. Participate in popular activities, such as volleyball, swimming, and surfing, with lifeguards on duty between 9:30 am and 4:30 pm during high season. You can rent rafts and umbrellas, or pop into one of the nearby restaurants for some shade and a fresh meal. Use our York tour itinerary planner to add Long Sands Beach and other attractions to your York vacation plans.
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  • September 28, 2017
    Since we live in York, we have been able to come to the beach quite often this year. Most times we would hang out on the beach for 3-4 hours, but it's also nice place to just park the car and walk alo...  more »
  • September 26, 2017
    Peaceful but crowed all the time. Fishing, watching the waves crash. You've have got the visit. The cutest gift shop too  more »
  • September 26, 2017
    We visited late September. The beach was not particularly busy and parking was not terrible to find. Note that when the tide comes in there is very little beach left!  more »
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  • June 22, 2017
    Lovely beach! Plenty of parking! Food! Walk a mile to Short Sands beach for more shopping but this beach has food, bathrooms, a quiet easy pace. Some areas are dense with seaweed but move a bit and you will find the clearest water ever!!
  • July 23, 2016
    Amazing sunsets and beautiful views! Beach chairs highly recommended because the sand never really seems to dry out. We saw 1-3 foot waves and the water was crazy cold, even in mid July. Parking is limited, but so is the number of people on the beach at any given time. Very spacious! If there's any way to do it, plan around the tides for this beach. We arrived around 1pm and with the tide in, the only "beach" area was hot, smooth rocks ranging from the size of pebbles to softballs and nobody seemed to notice or care. I felt as if we had happened upon a strange town in which all the cars had square wheels and nobody knew there was a better way. However, once the tide went back out around 4, the sand was a beautiful grey and there was plenty of sandy beach to enjoy. Have fun!
  • July 9, 2017
    Surf, swim, relax, and eat at the best sandy beach in Maine.
  • August 8, 2016
    Very nice beach! Metered parking is tough...get there early and bring lots of quarters!!! If you can't get metered the cheapest pay lot we found was Mimmo's Fine Italian Restaurant...$10 for the day. Most others pay lots are $20. Pick a spot to the right of the public restrooms...best place to be at high tide since there is some beach left...the rest of the beach is under water during high tide. Oh...one more thing...people put their chars\blankets out early to grab prime beach real estate. Nice flat beach...very nice for the little ones.
  • September 17, 2016
    Been coming here since I was a kid and the magic has not left this place yet! A beautiful beach with amazing sunrises and sunsets. The length of the beach is filled with ice cream shops, some restaurants, and a few stores that sell beach goods.

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