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Short Sands Beach

York Beach, York, ME
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Awesome weekend trip

I went up for a weekend with my best friend. We loved it! We gambled quarters at the arcade and had... read more

Reviewed August 19, 2015
via mobile
The perfect place to vacation with kids.

Another great vacation week at Short Sands Beach; York Maine. This is a great, safe vacation spot... read more

Reviewed August 18, 2015
Shrewsbury, Massachusetts
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A family-oriented beach that includes a playground.
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good29%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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York Beach, York, ME
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Reviewed August 19, 2015 via mobile

I went up for a weekend with my best friend. We loved it! We gambled quarters at the arcade and had so much fun at the beach. We ate at little restaurants and stayed at an adorable little hotel. Highly recommended!!

Thank ryan_casey1217
Reviewed August 18, 2015 via mobile

Another great vacation week at Short Sands Beach; York Maine. This is a great, safe vacation spot. The kids can be given a little freedom to walk the very close, safe downtown area with a few shops and candy stores. The beach is right there....More

Thank sah1790
Reviewed August 18, 2015

Get there early for a good spot! The tide comes up really far so you will be pushed out if you wait to long

Thank Chelsea S
Reviewed August 17, 2015

This beach is a bit smaller than Long Sands but makes up for it with more to do and see. There is an arcade with video games, bowling and several other activities to keep kids occupied. York's Wild Animal Kingdom is also a 5-10 minute...More

Thank Patty V
Reviewed August 17, 2015

We went on a Friday afternoon around 2pm and there were LOTS of people on the beach. However, the kids still had fun playing in the surf and the tide pools that form closer to the water. Sand was very clean and due to the...More

1  Thank Fred C
Reviewed August 17, 2015 via mobile

People go here because it is within walking distance of the hotels and rentals. But at mid and high tide you better like your neighbor. This is the most crowded beach I have ever been on. You are literally walking over people and at high...More

Thank Allan B
Reviewed August 14, 2015

I have been going to Short Sands Beach for 32 years now. It has changed somewhat but it is a nice beach.

1  Thank Connie H
Reviewed August 14, 2015

We love everything about this beach, close parking, close to restaurants, close to the wild kingdom, they have a wicked awesome playground. They have bathrooms. There is always space even when it's busy.

Thank Rebecca G
Reviewed August 12, 2015

As others have shared, this is a short beach with tough parking and traffic jams. If you are staying in walking distance, you will find it more enjoyable. Restaurants, arcades, and even an amusement park /zoo are also within walking distance. The Goldenrod is a...More

Thank gptraveler
Reviewed August 12, 2015

This is a cute little beach, but it can get crowded. There are also a lot of rocks, so watch out. The parking is difficult, but once you get a spot, you can enjoy your day and the warm water. There are shops and restaurants,...More

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July 3, 2017|
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Response from car0lann5 | Reviewed this property |
York Animal Park is a 5 min walk from the beach sand