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Sand Beach

Sand Beach Road, Bar Harbor, ME, Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island, ME
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Best little beach.

This beach is accessible year round. There is an easy trail to the left out to the end of the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Susan T
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Mid Coast Maine, Maine
Stunning Cove Beach Area

When we were there no one was in the water - too cold. This places get very crowded and can be... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
KC4444
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good29%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“nice beach” (49 reviews)
“cold water” (52 reviews)
“pretty beach” (12 reviews)
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Sand Beach Road, Bar Harbor, ME, Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island, ME
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This beach is accessible year round. There is an easy trail to the left out to the end of the point. We were among a few hardy people on the beach in December. We visit this beach every time we are on Mt. Desert Island.

Thank Susan T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When we were there no one was in the water - too cold. This places get very crowded and can be difficult to find a place to park. Some cars where parked out on the Park Loop Road since the parking lot was full. Don't...More

Thank KC4444
Reviewed November 10, 2017

After going to Cadillac Mountain, we visited Sand Beach. It is the only beach in the area. There are public restrooms and shower points/changing stations for those who have been on the beach. There were Park Service Rangers there teaching kids about the park and...More

Thank Ronald B
Reviewed November 7, 2017

We have been coming here for 5 years. Parking is at a premium but if you do get a spot, it's worth it. Beautiful sand, rocky cliffs, blue sky. What more could you ask for.

Thank roadtoretirement
Reviewed October 29, 2017 via mobile

Sand Beach is the only sand beach on MDI. A sign provides the geology and history of its origin. You can take your pick of activities here — hiking, sunbathing, swimming, playing on rocks — all here. Public rest rooms and free parking too. A...More

Thank MidwestSailor83
Reviewed October 29, 2017 via mobile

Great beach walking with rocks to climb and surrounded by forests. Some brave souls were even swimming in the Atlantic.

Thank Chris C
Reviewed October 27, 2017

Recently stopped at Sand Beach while driving the park loop road. Cute little beach with a nice rocky backdrop. The sand, of course, isn't the best but it's not expected to be. I'm sure it's packed during the summer months. Enjoyed our stop!

Thank travels4jen
Reviewed October 23, 2017

Given the rocky and 'clifty' terrain of the Maine coast in this area, a sand beach is a rarity. This one is very nice and quite large. As long as you are able to park, you might want 30-60 minutes to walk to the beach...More

1  Thank gold-vintner
Reviewed October 18, 2017 via mobile

Bring a lunch for the beach and enjoy yourself at this beautiful spot. We visited in September on our 10 day trip up the coast of Maine. The whole park is beautiful.

Thank Love4SunnyDays
Reviewed October 18, 2017 via mobile

I arrived at sand beach early to do great head trail. Not meant people great views of rocky coast line. The sand is clean there is even a little bench made of wood to sit in and drink coffee.

Thank Heykris89
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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
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nawella
March 14, 2017|
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Response from PheSugarLand_Texas | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for the delay in replying. I don't recall what time we were there. We were there in mid-September. There was a substantial of people there. We did not have a problem with parking. However, there is a shuttle running... More
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Juli F
August 23, 2016|
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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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