Short Sands Beach

43.174544, -70.609418
27-29 Ocean Avenue
York, ME 03910
(207) 363-1040
York County

Short Sands Beach is located off Route 1A at Ocean Avenue in York, Maine. This quarter mile beach is extremely popular in the summer months; it gets so crowded that you may know your neighbors by the end of your beach day. Primarily sand but surrounded by rocks this beach is great for people-watching and spending time with family and friends. Entry to the water is easy for people of all ages with a gradual slope and debris free sand. Run and operated by the Ellis Park Board of Trustees, free concerts and events are scheduled in addition to the regular beach activities during the summer months. With a location convenient to assorted shops, restaurants, and activities, it’s easy to see how Short Sands Beach attracts people year after year.

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Hours Of Operation

24 hours daily

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Meter parking is available onsite and is in effect from May 15th to October 15th, 8am to 10 pm annually. Meters accept nickels – 3 minutes, dimes – 6 minutes, and quarters – 15 minutes.

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Life Guard Schedule

On duty during the last week of June through Labor Day from 9:30am to 4:30pm

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Campfires are not allowed from May 15 to August 15. Permits can be obtained from the Fire Chief; additional information for the remainder of the year can be found on the following link:

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Short Sands beach is a carry in/carry out location and also has numerous food vendors within walking distance.

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Rentals are available near/on the beach and hotels/motels and additional rentals are within minutes walking.

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Not allowed between the hours of 8am to 6pm from May 20th to September 20th. Dogs are required to be on a leash between the hours of 6pm and sunrise.

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Picnic Area

No picnic tables; however, there is a large grassy area for picnics, a gazebo, a covered bandstand area, and benches along the promenade walkway.

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The playground area and basketball courts are a short distance to the beach.

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Restrooms / Showers

Restrooms and showers are available near the parking lot.

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Surfing/Kayaking/Paddle Boarding

Water sports are possible but limited due to limited space.

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Walking Trails


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