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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. To visit Long Sands Beach on your trip to York, use our York trip itinerary maker.
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  • Very touristy and not particularly beautiful. Neither the beach nor most of the restaurants and shops on the other side of the road.
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  • Forget Hampton aka the land of piss & garbage, drive 15 mins further north for real beaches, cleanest beaches around!  more »
  • Coming from Washington State this is an incredible beach! The sand was perfect and the waves are so much fun. I would never want to swim in the ocean in Washington. But here I can easily get in the wa...  more »
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  • 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!!
  • 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!
  • Surf, swim, relax, and eat at the best sandy beach in Maine.
  • 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.
  • 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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