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Short Sands Beach

York Beach, York, ME
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Lovely. Peaceful. Easy to Love.

Set in a protected area, the beach at Short Sands is a great place to spend a day. Next to a... read more

Reviewed 26 March 2016
Amazing beach - check it out during high and low tide!

As high tide begins to go out, walk the beach and look through the rocks and occasional artifacts... read more

Reviewed 25 March 2016
Boston, Massachusetts
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A family-oriented beach that includes a playground.
  • Excellent60%
  • Very good28%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“small beach” (22 reviews)
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York Beach, York, ME
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Reviewed 26 March 2016

Set in a protected area, the beach at Short Sands is a great place to spend a day. Next to a terrific playground and a newly-built bath house, Short Sands has everything you can want in a day at the beach. The short walk from...More

Thank Pegofmyheart1954
Reviewed 25 March 2016

As high tide begins to go out, walk the beach and look through the rocks and occasional artifacts that have washed up. When the tide is low, play ball on the extensive sand and explore the boulders on either side of the beach. You can...More

Thank alxm13
Reviewed 17 March 2016

We stopped at this beach after seeing Nubble Lighthouse. At about 8am it was absolutely beautiful and there were people walking their dogs along with us walking our own 2. The sand sparkled from the shells that had broken up over time and washed up...More

Thank Bobbie B
Reviewed 27 February 2016 via mobile

Always a great place to visit and bring the family. The beach is small enough that your children are not going to get lost in a sea of 10,000 people. Plenty of things in walking distance to do for all ages.

Thank Mel T
Reviewed 21 February 2016

Bathrooms, easy access to the beach, tide pools, lots of parking, what more can you ask for? We stopped by yesterday the bathrooms were closed for the season but when they are open they are clean. We found lots of beautiful sea glass and a...More

1  Thank NHmama23
Reviewed 2 February 2016

Too crowded and noisy. There was a definite lack of parking. The bathrooms were adequate. There was just too many people in a really small space.

Thank Lisa R
Reviewed 9 December 2015

great beach to take the family bathouse right behind beach with arcades and places to eat nearby cold water

Thank 104rick
Reviewed 26 October 2015

The entire family will find something to do when visiting Short Sands Beach in York, Maine! Not only can u relax on the beach and take in the spectacular view of the Atlantic but you can shop, eat, bowl, within steps and there is an...More

Thank Dolly1021
Reviewed 25 October 2015

Love the sandy beach here. Collected rocks and shells. Beach and restrooms are nice and clean. It was pouring rain and we still had a great day. Beach access is great for everyone. I really liked that.

Thank crazycatladyx3
Reviewed 22 October 2015

a must place to see, family, teens, has in summer zoo,arade,restuants, home of kisses , great camping area,on both sides, shopping

Thank mainegirl1947
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Elizabeth P
I'm looking for a location for a family photo session on the beach. Is this location still super crowded at 7pm on week nights in July?
23 June 2016|
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Response from cbsully2 | Reviewed this property |
Hi! Elizabeth It's hard to call the population during the summer. You could always go to the Union Bluff that is on the ocean . Ask to use their property (lawn) overlooking ocean. GoodLuck Also, you could go to Oqunqit... More