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Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609
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All reviews nice beach cold water pretty beach changing rooms parking lot rocky cliffs great head trail milky way tide pools both sides beautiful spot worth a stop park loop road great stop hiking trails sunny day parking area
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really nice in the afternoon, but very busy. We came back just after sunrise, one morning, and it was a lovely peaceful time.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Harrison-F-Carter
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It was unseasonably warm (74) causing lots of fog and high waves when we were there. There were warnings reminding people not to be fooled and that the water temp was still low. We are from the Midwest, so you don’t get to the ocean...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed November 5, 2018 via mobile

What a delight to find this beautiful sandy beach in a park that appears to be all wood and mountains. Be sure to park and go for a stroll along the beach. It is only about 300 yards wide but the scenery is beautiful. It...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Claudetteth
Reviewed October 20, 2018 via mobile

The parking lot of pretty big and the walk to the beach is short. It’s about ten steps down. A sand beach is very rare this far north so that makes it cooler. It’s real beautiful but a doubt anyone goes into the water as...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank LostALot22
Reviewed October 15, 2018 via mobile

Rare sand beach in Maine at Acadia Park. Nice to walk along the sand, especially when tide is out. Great photo op.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank jank761
Reviewed October 15, 2018

Weather permitting this is a very good beach. We went there on a cold day so we dint got a chance to take a sea bath but this place gives you enough views of the park. Go only if you are interested in going on...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank arpit j
Reviewed October 10, 2018

Sand beach was nice, but of all the places we saw in Acadia it was probably my least favorite. To be fair, I'm from the west coast and sand beaches are the norm there so this one site did not wow me like the others...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank amy f
Reviewed October 9, 2018

It was a nice sandy beach to visit after our hike. There were a lot of people there so don't expect to get an isolated picture. There are changing areas if you need them and 3 stalls in the ladies restroom. Take toilet paper with...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank kbailey1088
Reviewed October 8, 2018 via mobile

This 290 yard beach is one of the most popular places to visit in Acadia. The only sandy beach in the park, it’s a great place to get up close the ocean waves. In the summer visitors flock here to take in the sun. While...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank GregoriousTraveler
Reviewed October 2, 2018

We visited on a busy weekend in late September. The parking lot was jammed - but we got a space when someone left. But the beach is big enough to take a crowd and not feel crowded. I especially liked the far end of the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Kyle S
August 13, 2017|
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Response from AQMike | Reviewed this property |
Agreed, there is a sign that states no dogs but we saw a few. This is on the National Parks Page about pets Restricted Areas Most lakes in the park are public water supplies. Pets and people may not swim in them. Sand... More
March 14, 2017|
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Response from MSC73 | Reviewed this property |
No, not enough areas for pools. You are much better off near the "land bridge" to Bar Island. Our group of four explored tide pools there- great experience. Just ask for directions at your hotel or B&B. But here is address... More
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new york
Trip Schedule (10 Replies)
Hi All, After reading through tripadvisor and going through some guidebooks - we worked out the below trip itinerary. Please free to critique and comment. We are in our late 20's and are very active. We like hiking, snorkeling, etc (dont like spending whole day at the beach). 11/26 Arrive in Kona, pick up rental car, stop at Walmart and check-in at Sheraton; Check out the Manta Rays at night 11/27 Drive to Captain Cook and kayak (permits already secured) will rent from Kona Boys or...More
August 30, 2011|
Response fromtravelbug1982|
forgot to mention already booked sheraton for 6 nights and its non-refundable...otherwise would have overnighted in volcano area.
Dayton, Ohio
Travel south from Kona to VNP then North back to Kona? (4 Replies)
I am not sure if this is doing too much for two days. . . . We are staying in Kona for 1 week. On Sunday, we are traveling to VNP. I want to take the south route to VNP to see the Black Sands Beach on the way to VNP. If we leave Kona early in the am,7:00 am, travel south, to Black Sand beach, see the turtles, then head to VNP. Will we see anything that early in the am or is this not worth the stop? On Sunday, all day in VNP and stay the night there. On Monday, travel north to Hilo, Big Island...More
July 07, 2016|
Response fromTheodore J|
The Punalu'u Beach with black sand past South Point cut off is a good leg stretcher (not a main event) to break up your drive and turtles resting on the sand is probable. Then if you overnite in Volcano you can probably see glow from Halemaumau Crater. Then yes if you get up early next day you can do most of those stops along Hamakua Coast ..... busy but doable.
Chicago, Illinois
Sadly...... (15 Replies)
This is my last night on Maui. Flight departs for the mainland tomorrow at 1pm. 3rd time here and 3rd at the Royal Lahaina. I just watched the sunset with a cocktail wondering where the last 10 days went. Highlights included: sunset dinner cruise, luau, and a day trip to Oahu mostly to see Pearl Harbor, which was awesome. Royal Lahaina was another good experience, funny why it is rated so low on this site. Easily 4 out of 5 stars. Black Sand beach was cool as well. The wife and I already...More
October 16, 2012|
Response frommovemetowailea|
I don't even arrive in Maui until the 29th but am already sad about having to return after only 7 short nights. :(