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“Looks Awesome”
Review of Short Sands Beach

Short Sands Beach
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Owner description: A family-oriented beach that includes a playground.
Kinderhook, New York
Level 6 Contributor
145 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Looks Awesome”
Reviewed February 27, 2014

Looked great from our hotel room. We enjoyed watching a couple of surfers brave the February water temps

Visited February 2014
Thank Jay V
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York Beach, Maine
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Shore and more”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

OK what is your thing? Beach, dinning,shopping,arcades?people watching,zoo,and music? It is here,strolling thru town,listening to music with the sound of ocean in background,and it is free! letting the kids play in playground with ocean view and it is free also,beaching it and just relaxing not a dime,so many things to do all within a short walk,just sitting on a bench and watching lobster boat and sailboats,it doesn`t get better,some nice restaurants and pizza for kids and a tradition you can start,ice cream at Golden Rod and watch the taffy being made,free and the smell is so good,sound good? I think it is, and if you hit it right,on the 4th fireworks at the beach,and a band playing patriotic music,perfect.....wishing you sunny days and moonlit nights

Visited July 2013
Thank crabbyjan
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New Jersey
Level 6 Contributor
170 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
“Good for small children”
Reviewed November 10, 2013

Compared to the beaches I go to at the Jersey Shore, this really isn't much of a beach. Very small.

However if you are traveling with small children, this has some positive factors that outweigh the beach area itself.

First, there is a sand playground, i.e. a full size playground with sand all over the ground. We went on a family vacation with our grandchildren, and my then 2 year 7 month old granddaughter loved coming to this playground, which we visited several times.

The town is right next to the beach, and there is a fun house there with games that my granddaughter also enjoyed (her then four month old baby brother was a bit too young for those games).

All of us enjoyed walking around town.

However, if you want a beach with a beautiful wide expanse of sand, go to Ogunquit, which is much like Spring Lake at the Jersey Shore.

Visited August 2013
Thank Simonizzze
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Texas Gulf Coast, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
497 reviews
301 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 454 helpful votes
“This Rare Seaside Gem Shouldn’t Be Missed!”
Reviewed November 3, 2013

Short Sands is a .25-mile (0.4-km) stretch of sandy beach on Ocean Avenue. This is a great little strand despite its rockiness (or lack of sandiness) out closer to the water's edge around low tide. It’s tucked between the cliffs in the village of York Beach, and only 1.3 miles (2 km) from the iconic and world-renowned Cape Neddick Lighthouse. Town parking lots abut the beach – so be sure to feed their meters the coins they crave! During peak season, restrooms and outside showers are available and lifeguards patrol the sands. A promenade and a wonderful town park are nearby. They offer a gazebo, benches, and a bit of shaded shelter from Maine’s simmering summer sun. Within a short walk from the beach are a classic candlepin bowling alley, arcade amusements for all ages, gift shops, snack bars, and restaurants. Having arrived with a camera on a cool spring morning, I had this quirky and quaint seaside gem all to myself. Bring a camera when you come – at any time of year – and you’ll be pleased you did!

Visited April 2013
1 Thank mainemountainbear
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Cincinnati, Ohio
Level 6 Contributor
187 reviews
72 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this beach...”
Reviewed September 30, 2013

Short Sands Beach has been my favorite beach for about 65 years...with the Goldenrod, Surfside and a fun street of shops...but, the beach is spectacular. My email address even has Short Sands Beach in it...love it there.

Visited July 2013
1 Thank MomLois
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