Beaches and Activities
The southernmost stretch of the Maine coast offers a plentiful selection of beaches for lounging on wide sands with gentle surf, poking around tide pools, riding the waves or finding your own secluded spot. Some of our favorites:
Drakes Island Beach – Limited parking at lot on eastern end of Drakes Island Road. Toilet facilities and lifeguards.
Wells Beach – Parking stickers available at Town Hall. Wonderful, long, sandy beach. Toilet facilities and lifeguards.
Crescent Beach – Lesser-known section of beach located between Wells and Moody. Parking at Gold Ribbon Avenue lot, from Webhannet Drive. Lifeguards.
Ogunquit Beach – Soft white sand and good surf. Popular with families. Accessible by trolley and several parking areas. Restrooms and snack bars. Considered one of the prettiest 3.5 miles of peninsula beach in the country. Lifeguards.
Footbridge Beach – Beachgoers walk over footbridge to get to this less crowded section of beach. Snack bar and restrooms. Lifeguard patrolled.
Moody Beach – Bourne Avenue in Moody.
Harbor Beach – Scenic sandy beach with gentle surf in York Harbor. Parking is free but limited for this small beach off Route 1A at the entrance to Harbor Park. Portable restrooms are available at Harbor Beach Road. Lifeguards on duty end of June to Labor Day.
Long Sands Beach – As the name implies this is a long sandy beach with designated surfing area. Metered parking is available along Route 1A for the entire length of beach. Restrooms available at the Bathhouse near Oceanside Ave. Lifeguards on duty end of June to Labor Day.
Short Sands Beach – Sandy beach with gentle surf. Metered parking in the lot off Rt 1A. Showers, changing area and toilets. Easy to walk to shops and amusements adjacent to beach. Lifeguards on duty end of June to Labor Day.