York Beaches in Maine

Just an hour outside of Boston and not far from Old Orchard Beach, the York beaches in Maine offer a seaside getaway to remember along the state's scenic southern coast. As one of Maine's oldest towns, York Beach has been included in vacation plans for generations. Today, this historic town is home to a long list of places to go, beaches to enjoy, and welcoming lodging providers. Add to that the shops, restaurants, and fresh seafood, and travelers have relaxing vacations without doing a lot of driving in town.

The biggest stretch of sand in town, Long Sands Beach winds for two miles along Highway 1, one of the most scenic routes in all of America. Visitors can find the perfect spot on the long sandy beach and have plenty of room to stretch out or make a sandcastle. Along with swimming in the gently rolling surf of the Atlantic Ocean, people gather to enjoy volleyball, surfing, and soaking in the sun. Long Sands Beach offers many amenities for visitor comfort along with some of the best views around. The rocky shoreline and the Nubble Lighthouse at Cape Neddick will look great in any photos you take. A bath house near Ocean Avenue, restrooms, and metered parking are available here. Lifeguards are on duty in the summer.

In addition to Long Sands Beach, sunbathers can spend time at York's other beaches. Just a mile north, Short Sands Beach is considered by many to be the best place in town for sunbathing at high tide because of the higher sandbar. Many visitors make it annual tradition to visit the restaurants and shops just off the beach for saltwater taffy, fudge, and a good meal.

Many of the locals frequent the York Harbor Beach, which is loved for its waves, tide pools, and sandy shores. Another beach, Cape Neddick Beach, is located on Shore Road, the road that heads over to Ogunquit Beach. This secluded beach is also a fine place to stroll and see the tide pools. Because parking is limited at both of these Maine beaches, it makes sense to park in town or leave the car at the hotel and just walk.

When making plans to visit York beaches in Maine, travelers will be delighted to know that entry is free, although a parking fee is collected in the summer. Since the town is so easy to walk, cars are not necessary to enjoy time at the beach.

With an exciting arcade and the Wild Kingdom Zoo and Amusement Park, kids of all ages can have some fun within walking distance of the York beaches in Maine. Wild Kingdom is home to many exotic animals, including monkeys, a white Bengal tiger, and Australian critters. Visitors also have fun with the arcade games, bumper boats, go karts, petting zoo, the Wildlife Theater, and elephant shows.

Travelers will find many options for lodging along and near York Beach. Maine beach resorts provide luxury and wide variety of things to do. The York Harbor Inn has been welcoming guests since the 1800s. Today, the property has grown to include five different inns with a wide variety of guestrooms in addition to a golf course, spa, fine dining, and a pub. The owners take great of the restored property in the center of the town's historic district and a short walk from the beach.

Other options include motels with nationally known names, boutique inns, guest cottages, condo rentals, and camping. No matter which accommodations travelers choose, they'll be close the beautiful shores that make southern Maine so distinctive.

Time at York Beach isn't limited to the golden era between Memorial Day and Labor Day. In the fall when the water is chillier and the lifeguards have returned to school, the beaches are less crowded and become perfect place for a scenic stroll. In October, the community and visitors gather together to celebrate Harvestfest, complete with lobster rolls, entertainment, sidewalk sales, free trolleys, and fireworks.

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