Sand Beach
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  • Nicolette Coffey
    Westminster, Maryland56 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Come here for cooling off in the day and stargazing at night!
    We came here a few times. Parking is limited in the lot, but street parking along Park Loop Road makes it easy to access even at high use times. The bathhouse/changing rooms and foot washing station were helpful. I appreciated the water bottle filling station, too! Take a cooler some beach chairs and spend a few hours! The water is cool (around 55 degrees in July) but refreshing after a hike! When the tide is high be aware that the west side (closest to the staircase) is quite rocky and your likely to hit underwater formations if playing in the water. The National Park Rangers do a free stargazing event T/Th/Sat which is totally worth attending! It starts around 9:30pm, but arrive an hour early for the best parking since no reservations are required. Do Not forget your bug spray. You’ll want a towel/mat to place on the sand and a blanket for atop yourself. Leave the devices at home and come gaze at the sky in a whole new way! When we attended the forecast predicted it to be misty and foggy, but it ended up being one of the clearest night skies our ranger had seen in years. (She said it was in the “top ten” for stargazing nights since she became a ranger several years before.)
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 7, 2023
  • sanju_222323
    New Jersey15,808 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    first major stops along Park Loop road
    We started our park loop road at 830 in the morning to avoid crowds and it was our first stop. Sand Beach is one of the first major stops along Park Loop Road. This is a scenic beach that is known for its white-sand shoreline and turquoise water. what a clean, soothing, and beautiful beach it is. fall color, hills in the backdrop of turquoise water making it so photogenic. there are 10-20 stairs to go to the beach, I did not see a wheelchair ramp though. there are some walking trails (Which we did not go to). Walk the Great Head Trail or cross Park Loop Road and hike the thrilling Beehive Trail. There are also restrooms and water fill-up stations in the parking lot for visitors. Parking: as it was morning time, we easily got parking. or you can park here and walk to Thunder Hole and Otter Cliff but its 2 miles up and down.
    Visited October 2022
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 15, 2023
  • SnappleSpice
    New York City, New York574 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Start & End of a Hike
    My partner and I visited in the off season and it was lovely. There is a parking lot right next to the beach, restrooms, and a trail head for a trail leading to Thunder Hole (and the cliffs). It’s a great place to start and end a little hike! The water was absolutely freezing, but the shell-sand was soft and interesting.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 2, 2024
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michellehouse
Evansville, IN284 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
We got to the parking lot about 45ish minutes after sunrise (we had done sunrise on cadillac mountain then came directly here) there were 5 or so cars in the lot at the time. We crossed the road and hiked the beehive trail. When we got back (2ish hours) the lot was FULL. The kids really wanted to swim in the ocean so we used the semi nice changing rooms (there are no lights on them and it was cloudy day so they were a little dark inside) to change and let them try to swim. Even in late July that water was still COLD (like 60 F tops). Kids enjoys splashing around and playing in the sand. Beach was fairly quiet with only 10 or so other groups out there. Personally unless you really like swimming in cold water I wouldn't bother to change to enjoy the beach. Flushable bathrooms at this location as well.
Written August 3, 2022
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Bill A
Spring Lake, NJ585 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Sand Beach is definitely worth a stop as you're making your way around the Park Loop Road in Acadia National Park. First, this is one of the few places on Mount Desert Island that actually has a sandy (as opposed to rocky) beach. The water is beautiful with shades of blue and green that are reminiscent of the Caribbean. However, the water is cold with temperatures around 55 degrees Fahrenheit even in August. You can stay and sunbathe if you choose or just admire the view before beginning the Ocean Path.
Written July 30, 2021
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csserious2
Chantilly, VA820 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Sand Beach is a geologic rarity, as the sign says at the stairs. The beach is flanked by rocks and trees adding to its character. On a summer day with cool breeze, it was really crowded with young and old alike. The water is cold as I read, and it is not the right spot for long periods of swimming. There are lots of parking spaces, but the place is so busy that street parking is very common. Shower facilities are also available.
Written July 31, 2021
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sanju_222323
New Jersey15,808 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Friends
We started our park loop road at 830 in the morning to avoid crowds and it was our first stop. Sand Beach is one of the first major stops along Park Loop Road. This is a scenic beach that is known for its white-sand shoreline and turquoise water. what a clean, soothing, and beautiful beach it is. fall color, hills in the backdrop of turquoise water making it so photogenic.

there are 10-20 stairs to go to the beach, I did not see a wheelchair ramp though.

there are some walking trails (Which we did not go to). Walk the Great Head Trail or cross Park Loop Road and hike the thrilling Beehive Trail. There are also restrooms and water fill-up stations in the parking lot for visitors.

Parking: as it was morning time, we easily got parking. or you can park here and walk to Thunder Hole and Otter Cliff but its 2 miles up and down.
Written September 15, 2023
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Elsa C. L.
New York City, NY4,618 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
We had a look at the beach. It was clean with clear waters and packed with people. There are hiking trails on both sides.
We took the one in the back of the building that houses the rest rooms which is named Sand Beach Trail. It is a very easy hike and packed when we negotiated it.

The Thunder Hole and Otter Cliff are accessible from the Sand Beach trail and not far from one another. Hence, there is no need to take the Explorer buses!
Written July 22, 2021
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NF2013_13
Orlando, FL1,066 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Sand Beach was definitely one of the more popular areas of the park In its defense, it is a beach and many folks don't have beaches. I'm from FL so we many wanted to see it as part of Acadia, photograph it and see the scenery. It took us about 3 times on various days to find a parking spot. We were there briefly, but walked down to the beach and it is quite lovely due to the sharp cliffs and rocks that outline this beach. There were adults and children doing their best to get into this icy water, but not the case for us from the warm water state. It's a beautiful, large, wide beach and we could see why so many come here to spend the day "on the beach.
Written September 28, 2021
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KK78
Bay Shore, NY797 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
We arrived here about mid-day, had to park/walk about 1 mile each way to get to the beach, but it was worth it. It's crowded, but it's big enough to find space away from others. The beach is sandy, with beautiful glistening water and rocks/mountains around it. The water is freezing! I barely put my feet in. There are also bathroom facilities and a water bottle refill station.
Written October 11, 2022
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LovesPhotoOps
Hoover, AL1,133 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
This was a pretty little sandy beach, but it was also one of the two most crowded stops (Thunder Hole being the other) at 3:15pm on a June weekday. We were fortunate to get a parking space in the upper lot as someone left. Unless you want to swim, if parking is difficult you should just move on and skip this stop in favor of better views such as Otter Point. Maybe come back early in the morning or very late in the afternoon when it is less crowded.
Written July 2, 2022
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ELKW
United States11,824 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
we went there at about noon in a summer time, the parking lot of sand beach is full, but you can park along the road, we went there during the day time to take a look, take a few pictures. We also went there at night to attend a ranger-led program which is taking about the stars. It may be a good place to see stars at night if the sky is clear. Sand beach is also the starting point of Great Head trail.
Written March 11, 2023
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Nicolette Coffey
Westminster, MD56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
We came here a few times. Parking is limited in the lot, but street parking along Park Loop Road makes it easy to access even at high use times.

The bathhouse/changing rooms and foot washing station were helpful. I appreciated the water bottle filling station, too! Take a cooler some beach chairs and spend a few hours!

The water is cool (around 55 degrees in July) but refreshing after a hike! When the tide is high be aware that the west side (closest to the staircase) is quite rocky and your likely to hit underwater formations if playing in the water.

The National Park Rangers do a free stargazing event T/Th/Sat which is totally worth attending! It starts around 9:30pm, but arrive an hour early for the best parking since no reservations are required. Do Not forget your bug spray. You’ll want a towel/mat to place on the sand and a blanket for atop yourself. Leave the devices at home and come gaze at the sky in a whole new way! When we attended the forecast predicted it to be misty and foggy, but it ended up being one of the clearest night skies our ranger had seen in years. (She said it was in the “top ten” for stargazing nights since she became a ranger several years before.)
Written July 7, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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