Beaches

YORK’S BEACHES

LONG SANDS BEACH

Located halfway between the villages of York Harbor and York Beach, Long Sands Beach offers a mile of white sandy beach.  A busy tourist attraction from mid June to Labor Day the beach will have as many as three to five thousand visitors daily.  Popular activities include swimming, sun bathing, surfing, and volleyball.  There is a public restroom facility located at the half way point of the beach and metered parking is available along Long Beach Avenue.   Handicapped parking and access ramps are located near the bathhouse.  Surfing is allowed in “mixed use zones” delineated by orange buoys.  Dogs are prohibited from 8:00am to 6:00pm.

Long Sands Beach

Long Beach Avenue – Route 1A
York Beach, ME 03910

DETAILS

BEACH:  1.5 miles long of mostly sandy beach with some tide pools and rocky areas

PARKING:  Meters

  • In effect from May 15th through October 15th from 8:00am until 10:00pm annually.
  • Meters accept Nickels = 3 minutes, Dimes = 6 minutes, and Quarters = 15 minutes
  • Traffic Safety Ordinance

Permit Parking

  • Permit parking is allowed from Libby’s Campground to Nubble Road in metered spaces.
  • Permit Parking Sticker is a resident sticker that can be obtained from the Town Clerk’s Office (207) 363-1003
  • Permits are valid from May 15th through October 15th annually.
  • A sticker costs $35.00 or $15.00 for Senior Citizens aged 65 and over.
  • Permit Parking Ordinance

HANDICAPPED ACCESSIBLE:  Yes

GRILLS, CAMPFIRES AND BONFIRES:  None May 15 – August 15.  Special Event Permit necessary.  Beach Ordinance

DOGS:

  • No domestic animals between the hours of 8:00am and 6:00pm from May 20th through September 20th.
  • Required to be on a leash between May 20th and September 20th between 6:00pm and sunrise.
  • Animal Control Ordinance

LIFEGUARDS:

  • Seasonal Lifeguards on duty daily from the last week in June through Labor Day between 9:30am and 4:30pm.

SMOKE FREE:

  • All of York’s beaches have been posted as “Smoke Free”.  In a non-binding resolution, selectmen declared a tobacco-free zone on public beaches.  The ban is a request, not a law.

TRASH RECEPTACLES:  Yes.

  • NOT for household trash.

WATER QUALITY TESTING:  Yes

SURFCASTING:  Yes – only when there are no swimmers in water or on the beach.

BUS AND RV PARKING:  No

KAYAKS:  May be launched in designated surfing area only with Lifeguard Approval

AMENITIES:  Public restrooms open daily from first weekend in May through Columbus Day

Surfing allowed in designated surfing area only.  Designated surfing area is between

two orange buoys located to the front of the bathhouse. (See: Section 5.Surfing)  Surfing Ordinance

One (1) Beach Wheelchair available to the public at the Bathhouse between 9:30am and 4:30pm daily.  (See the Lifeguards)

Raft rentals

Umbrella rentals

Restaurants, take-out food and convenience stores within walking distance

MAINTAINED BY:York Parks and Recreation Department (207) 363-1040

SHORT SANDS BEACH

The very popular Short Sands Beach is a quarter-mile-long sandy pocket beach tucked between rocky cliffs in the village of York Beach.  Short Sands is located in Ellis Park and offers public restrooms, seasonal lifeguards, metered parking, a large sandy playground, basketball courts, a gazebo and a large grassy park area.  A promenade walkway runs along the beach and has many conveniently located benches.  The Ellis Park Trustees schedule free concerts and entertainment in their park throughout the summer.  There are several nearby shops, entertainment, attractions, restaurants and hotels making Short Sands beach very attractive to tourists.  Short Sands beach and Ellis Park are owned by the Town of York, but are managed by the Ellis Park Board of Trustees.

Short Sands Beach

Ocean Avenue – Route 1A
York Beach, ME 03910

DETAILS

BEACH:  .25 miles long of mostly sandy beach with some tide pools and rocky areas

PARKING METERS:

  • In effect from May 15th through October 15th from 8:00am until 10:00pm annually.
  • Meters accept Nickels = 3 minutes, Dimes = 6 minutes, and Quarters = 15 minutes
  • Traffic Safety Ordinance

GRILLS, CAMPFIRES AND BONFIRES:  None May 15 – August 15.  Special Event Permit necessary.  Beach Ordinance

DOGS:

  • No domestic animals between the hours of 8:00am and 6:00pm from May 20th through September 20th.
  • Required to be on a leash between May 20th and September 20th between 6:00pm and sunrise.
  • Animal Control Ordinance

LIFEGUARDS:

  • Seasonal Lifeguards on duty daily from the last week in June through Labor Day between 9:30am and 4:30pm.

SMOKE FREE:

  • All of York’s beaches have been posted as “Smoke Free”.  In a non-binding resolution, selectmen declared a tobacco-free zone on public beaches.  The ban is a request, not a law.

TRASH RECEPTACLES:  Yes.

  • NOT for household trash.

WATER QUALITY TESTING:  Yes

SURFCASTING:  Yes – only when there are no swimmers in water or on the beach.

BUS AND RV PARKING:  Yes

AMENITIES:  Public restrooms open at the pleasure of the Ellis Park Board of Trustees

Playground

Gazebo

Covered Bandstand area

Basketball Courts

Grassy Park for picnics and play

Restaurants, take-out food, convenience market, shopping and arcade within walking distance

MAINTAINED BY:  Ellis Park Trustees

Chairman, Bill Burnham

HARBOR BEACH

Tucked away just off York Street/Route 1A you will find the scenic York Harbor Beach.  This beach offers public restrooms, seasonal lifeguards, gentle surf, the Cliff Walk path and neighboring Hartley Mason Park.  Hartley Mason Park borders the beach and offers benches and shade trees.  This is a very family orientated beach, with a high local population.  Parking is limited and requires a resident Permit Parking Sticker from the Town Clerk’s Office.  Additional parking is available along Route 1A but is limited to 2 hours.

Harbor Beach

York Street/Route 1A
York Harbor, ME  03911

DETAILS

BEACH:  Mostly sandy beach with some tide pools, rocky areas

PARKING:  Permit Parking

  • Permit Parking Sticker is a resident sticker that can be obtained from the Town Clerk’s Office (207) 363-1003
  • Permits are valid from May 15th through October 15th annually.
  • A sticker costs $35.00 or $15.00 for Senior Citizens aged 65 and over.
  • Permit Parking Ordinance

2 Hour Parking spaces along Route 1A

HANDICAPPED ACCESSIBLE:  No

GRILLS, CAMPFIRES AND BONFIRES:  None May 15 – August 15.  Special Event Permit necessary.  Beach Ordinance

DOGS:

  • No domestic animals between the hours of 8:00am and 6:00pm from May 20th through September 20th.
  • Required to be on a leash between May 20th and September 20th between 6:00pm and sunrise.
  • Animal Control Ordinance

LIFEGUARDS:

  • Seasonal Lifeguards on duty daily from the last week in June through Labor Day between 9:30am and 4:30pm.

SMOKE FREE:

  • All of York’s beaches have been posted as “Smoke Free”.  In a non-binding resolution, selectmen declared a tobacco-free zone on public beaches.  The ban is a request, not a law.

TRASH RECEPTACLES:  Yes.

  • NOT for household trash.

WATER QUALITY TESTING:  Yes

SURFCASTING:  Yes – only when there are no swimmers in water or on the beach.

BUS AND RV PARKING:  No

AMENITIES:  Public restrooms open daily from first weekend in May through Columbus Day

Restaurants within walking distance

MAINTAINED BY:  York Parks and Recreation Department (207) 363-1040