Sand Beach, Acadia National Park

4.4
#2 of 18 in Outdoors in Acadia National Park
Located within a national park, Sand Beach is tucked between two walls of granite, which protect this stretch of the coastline and create an intimate feeling for visitors. Only 265 m (870 ft) long and surrounded by a lavish forest, the beach offers some spectacular views and plenty of space to stretch out and enjoy a day by the water. You will find restrooms, as well as changing rooms next to the parking. Before you visit Acadia National Park, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.
Create an itinerary including Sand Beach
map
Sand Beach Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.0
714 reviews
Google
4.4
TripAdvisor
  • It was late afternoon when we got here after being at the Echo Lake Beach for the afternoon. It was a nice warm day but when we reached the Sand Beach there was so much fog that the visibility was poo...  more »
  • This is a must see when in ANP. Only the very hearty (or young) can go in the water past their ankles, but it is a spectacular setting. Also, on a hot summer day, if there's a breeze it's like a blast...  more »
  • It is a must. Not much parking so plan accordingly. They have changing stations. The most beautiful beach I’ve ever seen. Wear shoes to avoid barnacles. Water was cold. FYI Sand beach, Thunder Hole, o...  more »
Google
  • A must visit when visiting Acadia National Park. Great with kids. Parking can be a issue so be prepared to arrive early. The free Park service shuttle buses are definitely an option. If you do drive be prepared to park on the road and walk. Beach itself is super nice. Great sand. Wide. Water is chilly but it's Maine. Enjoy.
  • Beautiful spring, summer, fall, and winter; high tide and low tide; early morning, mid afternoon, and late evening.
  • Lifetime of memories. Most beautiful views. Water is cold but we love it.
  • Go there every summer. It's a family tradition.
  • Very quaint beach area in Acadia. Too cold to swim in September, but great place to relax after a hike nonetheless. Tons of parking and it's $25 to enter the park per vehicle.
Places to stay near Sand Beach

Plan your trip to Acadia National Park

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans to Sand Beach by other users

1 day in Acadia National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, outdoors, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: August, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in Maine BY A USER FROM CANADA July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in Maine BY A USER FROM CANADA July, outdoors, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: July, outdoors, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 35 days in Bar Harbor BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: August, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Bar Harbor BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, teens, popular PREFERENCES: August, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in Bar Harbor BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 6 days in New England BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Burlington & Maine BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Acadia National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 27 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 6 days in Acadia National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in DownEast and Acadia Maine BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: July, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy
View more plans