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Enjoying Summer at Short Sands Beach, York Beach, Maine

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Short Sands Beach, York Beach Maine (photo by Eric)



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New England has so many great beaches, but my favorite is Short Sands Beach in York Beach, Maine. Framed by rocky coast, magnificent old oceanfront homes, arcades, and a lively, small downtown, Short Sands Beach best captures the essence of summer in New England for us with its classic Maine sights, sounds and that wonderful and refreshing salt air smell. Although Short Sands Beach can get busy in the summer, there’s always a relaxing, intimate feeling as the beach is only about of fourth of a mile long and more visitors opt for nearby Long Sands Beach. The Short Sands Beach area also features a nice paved walkway, lifeguards, a gazebo where concerts are held, grass fields and a playground. The water is chilly, but many visitors get used to the brisk feel after repeated visits!

The only cost to you for visiting this beautiful beach is just filling the parking meter — a dollar an hour — or local private lots that offer parking for as low as $5!

Here are some photos of Short Sands Beach that I hope inspire you to visit this summer:

Photo of Short Sands Beach, York Beach, Maine

A sunny, summer day at Short Sands Beach, York Beach, Maine (photo by Eric)

Early evening at Short Sands Beach, York Beach, Maine

A relaxing early evening at Short Sands Beach (photo by Eric)

Short Sands Beach arcades and fried food in York Beach ME

Seaside arcades, bowling and fried food at Short Sands Beach — what else could anyone ask for in the summer? Photo by Eric)

Photo of morning at Short Sands Beach

Morning at Short Sands Beach (photo by Eric)

Photo of rocky coast and big homes at Short Sands Beach

Rocky coast and spectacular homes at Short Sands Beach (photo by Eric)

Photo of sandy beach and arcades at Short Sands Beach

Relaxing in the sand and having fun at the arcades at Short Sands Beach (photo by Eric)

Nice spot for lunch and shade at Short Sands Beach (photo by Eric)

Nice spot for lunch and shade at Short Sands Beach (photo by Eric)

Nice ocean scene at Short Sands Beach (photo by Eric)

Nice ocean scene at Short Sands Beach (photo by Eric)

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