Long Sands Beach

Long Sands Beach featuring general coastal views and a coastal town as well as a family
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Stroll in the sun and play in the waves along this gorgeous stretch of white sand and great surf in York.

Find much to appreciate along the pretty swath of sand at York’s popular Long Sands Beach. For 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers), you can surf, sun, stroll and enjoy the scenic sights, including the Nubble Lighthouse and Boon Island.

From the height of summer straight through the chilliest winter days, Long Sands Beach attracts swimmers, surfers and dog-walkers. Enjoy the gorgeous backdrop, no matter what time of year you visit. Cape Neddick and the Nubble Lighthouse are in full view, as well as New Hampshire’s Isles of Shoals. On Boon Island you’ll see Maine’s tallest lighthouse.

Thousands of sun-seekers travel to this Atlantic Ocean beach on sunny summer days. Get here early in the day for a prime spot on the sand. Surf equipment and lessons are available at shops along the beach. Stop at a convenience store for picnic makings. Rent umbrellas and floats for relaxing days. Surfing is allowed in a designated spot from mid-June to the first Monday in September and allowed anywhere on Long Sands Beach the rest of the year. Rent surfboards and wetsuits and arrange surfing lessons at the local surf shop.

For a quieter atmosphere, consider nearby York Harbor Beach, also called Mothers’ Beach. It doesn’t have much parking, but is accessible via the local trolley. Short Sands Beach is another small option, tucked amid the cliffs of Ellis Park. There’s even a classic arcade at Short Sands, the Fun-o-Rama, right on the beach.

When you’ve had enough beach time, explore the surrounding villages of York Harbor, York Beach, York Village and Cape Neddick. Each community offers numerous shops and restaurants to enjoy.

Find Long Sands Beach about a 30-minute drive south of Kennebunkport or 20-minute drive north of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Lifeguards are on duty throughout the summer. There is metered parking along the highway. A trolley links Long Sands Beach to the other beaches near York. Get a spot on the beach early on Labor Day to enjoy the annual bonfire marking the end of summer.

Top Hotels Close to Long Sands Beach

Anchorage Inn and Resort
Anchorage Inn and Resort
3 out of 5
265 Long Beach Avenue, York Beach, ME, 03910
The price is $98 per night from Feb 5 to Feb 6
$98
per night
Feb 5 - Feb 6
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in York Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 indoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,018 reviews)
"The overall stay was very good. Prices for breakfast items was a bit exorbitant. Pool area needs to be overseen so that all guests have access to the pool and especially hottub, tends to be taken over by a group leaving others unable to use."

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2023

Anchorage Inn and Resort
Union Bluff Hotel
Union Bluff Hotel
3 out of 5
8 Beach St, York Beach, ME, 03910
The price is $129 per night from Feb 5 to Feb 6
$129
per night
Feb 5 - Feb 6
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in York Beach. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (454 reviews)
"Friendly staff, comfortable bed, restaurant on site, area, view"

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2023

Union Bluff Hotel
Stones Throw
Stones Throw
3 out of 5
123 Long Beach Ave, York Beach, ME, 03909
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in York Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in our ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (278 reviews)
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"Amazing view, very comfortable bed, and great coffee selection with the single serve machine! Quick walk to anything you desire, on-site restaurant (seasonal) and bar, but very quiet in the rooms themselves."

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2022

Stones Throw
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Best Lodging Options Near Long Sands Beach

Anchorage Inn and Resort
Anchorage Inn and Resort
3 out of 5
265 Long Beach Avenue, York Beach, ME, 03910
Anchorage Inn and Resort
Union Bluff Hotel
Union Bluff Hotel
3 out of 5
8 Beach St, York Beach, ME, 03910
Union Bluff Hotel
Stones Throw
Stones Throw
3 out of 5
123 Long Beach Ave, York Beach, ME, 03909
Stones Throw
The Lighthouse Inn & Carriage House
The Lighthouse Inn & Carriage House
2.5 out of 5
20 Nubble Road, York Beach, ME, 03910
The Lighthouse Inn & Carriage House
Sea Latch Inn
Sea Latch Inn
2 out of 5
277 Long Beach Avenue, Rte. 1A, York Beach, ME, 03910
Sea Latch Inn
The Cutty Sark Motel
The Cutty Sark Motel
2.5 out of 5
58 Long Beach Avenue, York Beach, ME, 03910
The Cutty Sark Motel
The Grandview Hotel
The Grandview Hotel
2 out of 5
800, York Street, Route 1A, Long Beach Ave., York Beach, ME, 03911
The Grandview Hotel
Sunrise Motel
Sunrise Motel
2.5 out of 5
340 Long Sands Road, York Beach, ME, 03910
Sunrise Motel
Inn on the Blues
Inn on the Blues
3 out of 5
7 Ocean Ave, York Beach, ME, 03909
Inn on the Blues
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.