Sand Beach
44.329942, -68.183802
Park Loop Road
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Hancock County

One of Maine’s more scenic beaches, Sand Beach is located within Acadia National Park within a rocky cove. The entrance to the beach is blanketed by larger rocks and the grade at the beach is gradual with smaller waves. Beach sand is soft and white with seaweed bands spanning across the beach area at high-tide. The parking and beach area at Sand Beach can get crowded during the summer months, but the view alone is worth the wait.

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Hours Of Operation

Varies by season:
June 1 – 18 8:30am-4:30pm daily
June 19 – 30 8am-6pm daily
July-September 5 8am-6pm daily

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Available on-site and can be crowded at times; a fee to enter Acadia National Park is charged at the entrance gate May 1st- October 31st.  7 day passes are available. Private vehicle, $25; Motorcycle, $20; Individual, $12 
For more information select the link 

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Life Guard

No lifeguard on-duty.

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Not allowed

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Primarily a carry in/carry out facility, food vendors are available within 5-10 minutes driving.

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Hotels/motels and rentals are within 5-10 minutes driving.

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Not allowed June 15 to September 8; when allowed, pets must be restrained on a leash no longer than 6 feet long. For more information

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Picnic Area


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Public Transportation

The Island Explorer is free and operates in the Mount Desert Island area.

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Restrooms / Showers

Restrooms and foot showers are available on-site.

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Surfing/Kayaking/Paddle Boarding

Not allowed June 15 to September 8

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Tide Information

Sand Beach Tide Information

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Walking Trails

Acadia National Park has over 120 miles of trails varying from easy walking terrain to difficult climbs and steep terrain.

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Water Quality

Sand Beach Water Quality

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Water Temperature

Click on “view more buoy data” to view water temperature.

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