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Address: York Beach, York, ME

A family-oriented beach that includes a playground.

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Great Family Beach - A Great Time!!

Short Sands Beach is a gorgeous sandy beach tucked in its own little recess right on the rocky coast of Maine! The view of the ocean is awesome (literally) and the surf is low to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 September 2016
Bridget P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

Short Sands Beach is a gorgeous sandy beach tucked in its own little recess right on the rocky coast of Maine! The view of the ocean is awesome (literally) and the surf is low to moderate so anyone can enjoy it, whether wading, swimming, or casual bodyboarding or surfboarding. The beach itself is a fine sand mixed with a variety... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

We could walk here in three minutes from our hotel, this beach is right next to the Fun-o-Rama and a few gift shops & further along the walk, a playground, basketball hoop etc. Still, soft soft sand and far out Maine tides. Not a full Zen beach expierence, but Fun. Right at the end of Main Street. This part of... More 

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Chester, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

I also had visited this beach. It's in more of a downtown area, where there are restaurants (some of which are open very sporadically, although I did find a breakfast place, Sandy's Purple Palace which is in a small purple building and is a popular place with the locals-it was full when I went there), and some stores, and there... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Short sands beach is the cleanest, family friendly beach. It is actually combed every night! There is a small village which boasts some wonderful restaurants, shops, ice cream and the best taffy in the world---only steps away from the beach. Waves here are more gentle than Long Sands, which is a haven for surfers. September is the very best time... More 

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Belchertown, MA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

Very nice beach. Lifeguard on duty. Clean beach. Ample parking and metered parking. Things to do all around.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

This beach is near a lot of stores, activities and restaurants. The beach is not a huge area but fun. The plus is metered parking right there in a lot. Parking can always be a challenge along the beach. There is a bathroom facility in the middle of the parking lot in front of the beach area.

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York, Maine
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

This is a really great beach for families...there is a playground, basketball court, gazebo with concerts during the summer, lots of places to eat and to souvenir shop, a salon and spa ...a must to check out is York's famous Goldenrod since 1896, and watch salt water taffy being stretched...and Mom's be sure to get pampered at Euphoria.

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readsboro vt
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

We were here for a long weekend. Be sure to get there early to get a parking spot. Nice beach, very clean.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

Can't ask for a better beach!! We have been coming here for years and will keep returning. It keeps getting better.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

Quite a bit of parking, more than Long Beach, but meters can be high. Nice bathroom facilities and outside showers and foot showers beachside. Very close to Funland and shops and restaurants. Wish I had more time there!

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