Long Sands Beach, York Beach
Categories: Beaches, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Visit a mile long (1.6 km) white-sand beach--go for a swim, stroll, or just relax at Long Sands Beach. Although a busy tourist attraction from mid June to the first week of September with as many as 3000-5000 thousand visitors per day, parking space is available, even for people with disability. Participate in popular activities including swimming, surfing, and volleyball. Seasonal lifeguards on duty between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Raft and umbrella rentals available. Water is tested weekly. Restaurants and convenience stores can be found within walking distance. To visit Long Sands Beach on your trip to York, use our York trip itinerary maker.
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My partner and I braved the misty weather to walk the beach from end to end, twice, in less than thirty six hours. Sunrise is hushed and beautiful and makes me wonder how it is that I might never live... read more »
Beautiful long beach to enjoy the simple pleasures of life - walking the beach, listening to the sound of the ocean waves, surfing in the Atlantic, or just relaxing in he sun.
Great beach during low tide. During hide tide there is a very minimal beach and people have to camp out on rocks.
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!
I'm a local to the area and this is a favorite beach. During the touist season the beach is very busy and crowded but fun and family friendly. If crowds aren't your cup of tea, try Fort Foster in Kittery or one of the Wells beaches. Parking can be a challenge (bring quarters for the meters) if you don't arrive early. Arrive before 10 am to get a spot right on the beach. Limited sand during high tide means the beach gets very crowded. Good to plan around the tides. There are a few take-out food options on the beach but, in general, options are limited. Highly recommend packing your own food and drink. Treat yourself to ice cream from the take out window.
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.
Has a beautiful stretches of beach. When the tide goes out it is about 300 ft from the road. The sand is well packed soniti s easy to walk on. Beautifully view of Nubble Lighthouse. Cozy little town.
Nasti place dont waste your time. Go to the hampton beach that is a much better place for everybudy.
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