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Address: Sand Beach Road, Bar Harbor, ME, Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island, ME
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My husband and I visited twice while in the area. Absolutely breathtaking. Beach surrounded by rocks and trees with water crashing all around. Perfect place to take pictures and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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Fishersville, United States
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62 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

My husband and I visited twice while in the area. Absolutely breathtaking. Beach surrounded by rocks and trees with water crashing all around. Perfect place to take pictures and capture the gorgeous scenery. Wasn't busy at all so it was quite enjoyable. A must see if you are in the area.

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Manchester, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

The water at Sand Beach was crystal clear and almost as green as the Caribbean Sea, but at 55º F, it was a little too chilly for me! Despite arriving at 2 PM on a Sunday, the beach was not too packed and the facilities were very clean.

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Tiverton,RI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

The beach is great, but try the hike out past the beach to Great Head. Beautiful views of around the peninsula and lobster boats working their gear. If it's swimming your after, try Echo Lake, the fresh water lake run by the National Park service, the water there is much warmer.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

This is not a conventional beach by any means. First of all the water is freezing for obvious reasons. The seagulls are hysterical in their kamikaze efforts to steal food from unsuspecting picnickers. We even witnessed one gentleman complaining about them and trying to insist that they be banned from the beach for unruly behavior. The beach is magnificent and... More 

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Westville, Indiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

Sand Beach is not the only beach in Acadia. There's also Echo Lake. It's more accurate to say Sand Beach is the only OCEAN beach in Acadia. Anyway, we didn't come to swim or sunbathe, we came to hike. This review is from a hiker's POA. It's the trailhead for 4 different hiking trails. Great Head, The Bowl & Beehive... More 

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Great sandy (coarse sand) beach facing the atlantic, nice quiet relaxing place in the late afternoon. Good parking availability and bathroom/changing facilities.

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New Ipswich,NH
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Way too crowded almost all the time. Sitting by Echo Lake, along the road away from any crowds under the trees, was my favorite part of the week.

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We walked the beach. We took our shoes off. We put our feet in the freezing cold water. Very pretty but cold and the water is rough.

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Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

This beach is a beautiful stop in the park. We were there in September and it was not crowded. There are scenic cliffs on both sides. It's a great place to relax and put your feet in the water. The water is also a beautiful color. Definitely make this stop!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Sand Beach is the only beach in Acadia National Park, which might explain why it is so unbelievably crowded - finding parking in the lot is nearly impossible, and roadside parking nearby also fills up quickly. The beach is small and covered in seaweed. Very disappointing.

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