White Sands Beach

41.280467, -72.303958
11-21 Seaside Lane
Old Lyme, CT 06371
New London County

White Sands Beach is a small community beach with limited parking. The beach has three rock jettys and buoys roping off the designated swim area. The sand has shells and pebbles mixed in with a heavy concentration being at the water’s edge along with bands of seaweed brought up from the tides. The grade to the water is minimal, and the waves can be larger due to boat wakes.

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Hours Of Operation

Weekdays 9-5, weekends 10-6; open Memorial Day through Labor Day; weekdays begin in June

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Current Town of Old Lyme beach stickers are required to park seasonally Memorial Day through Labor Day. Beach stickers can be purchased at the Town Hall Selectman's Office starting around late April, Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm; provide vehicle registration. If vehicle is registered in another town or state, a copy of an Old Lyme tax bill is also required as proof of Old Lyme residency. Stickers are $25 per sticker per vehicle, $20 for seniors.
Non-residents can find street parking on Old Shore Road, which is about half a mile away; signs are posted.

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Life Guard Schedule

On-duty 7 days per week, June 16 – September 3, 10am-5pm

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Not allowed on the beach

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Primarily a carry in/carry out beach, 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

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Picnic Area

Picnic tables are available under the pavillion.

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Public Transportation


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Restrooms / Showers

Portable toilets are available.

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Surfing/Kayaking/Paddle Boarding


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Walking Trails


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Water Quality


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Water Temperature

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

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