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Long Sands Beach, York Beach

(4.5/5 based on 460+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Water was too cold for swimming but the weather was great for walking. The waves were very strong and the surfers were having some good rides! In the morning the sunrise is breathe taking!  more »
  • Long Sands Beach is a great place to go if you're looking for lots of room for your kids or your dogs to run, or if you just want to sit on the sand and watch the waves. You can see York's famous ligh...  more »
  • One of my favortie off season beaches. Easy to find shells and treasures, rocks and sand, the lighthouses, and restaurants.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Nasti place dont waste your time. Go to the hampton beach that is a much better place for everybudy.