York Harbor Beach

Your Guide to Exploring York Beach, Maine

York Beach, Maine

York’s alluring beaches are popular summer hot spots for family fun in the sun. York, Maine contains three beautiful beaches including Long Sands Beach, Short Sands Beach and Harbor Beach.

Long Sands Beach

Long Sands Beach is a beautiful 2-mile stretch of white sand and good surf. Even during Maine’s off-season, you will see some die-hard surfers and dog walkers enjoying Long Sands Beach.

Located directly on scenic route 1A, Long Sands Beach is within walking distance of many hotels, cottages, inns, resorts, shops and restaurants, this section of York Maine is everything you want for a vacation spot. There is a nearby convenient store for a picnic lunch, and you can rent umbrellas and floats right on the beach.

Be sure to bring plenty of quarters to put in the meters when visiting Long Sands Beach during the summer.

Remember to bring your camera along to Long Sands Beach as the ocean vista is simply beautiful with Cape Neddick and Nubble Light making for a striking coastal backdrop in any season, and especially so during the winter.

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Credit: Greg & Heather Burke

Short Sands Beach

Short Sands Beach has it all with so many things to do within walking distance from the beach. Short Sands Beach has many attractions incluuding nearby dining options, playground area, shops, arcade and amusement house as well as an amusement park.

As its name, Short Sands beach is a rather small parcel of sandy beach—just 1/4 of a mile, which makes it a perfect beach for small children especially with respect to the sand playground on the beach. Short Sands Beach was once very sandy, but Hurricane Sandy has revealed rocky shores at low tide, and some rare colors of beach sea glass.

Kids will love a visit to York’s Wild Kingdom, Maine’s largest zoo and amusement park. The zoo is home to over a hundred species of wild animals from all over the world, just a short walk from the beach and town.

An amusement park with over 22 rides offers kids the fun of bumper cars, bounce castles, roller coasters, go-carts and a Ferris wheel with awesome ocean views. The Wild Kingdom is conveniently located right in York Beach, near shops, dining and Short Sands Beach.

Kids will also enjoy Golden Rod, a tourist favorite since 1896, where you can watch the making of mouthwatering salt-water taffy in the window.

There is also good nightlife in York Beach in the summertime with live bands and dancing at a few nightclubs by the beach.

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Credit: Greg & Heather Burke

York Harbor Beach

York Harbor Beach is smaller than Long Sands Beach, but has free parking off Route 1 and has wheelchair accessible restroom and washing facilities.

Like most of Southern Maine’s beaches, there are nearby restaurants and shops. Visitors may even like to extend their beach walk over to Hartley Mason Reserve and the scenic cove near York Harbor Inn.

See our Top York Hotels for where to stay while exploring the Southern Maine Coast.

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Credit: Greg & Heather Burke

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  1. They have not used parking meters for a few years now. You pay at a kiosk and put the receipt on your dash.

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