This sandy pocket beach is nestled in rocky shoreline in the village of York Harbor. Explore the rocks at high tide, and walk and relax on the beach at low tide. Hartley Mason Reservation, a grassy park on the hill bordering the beach, has shade trees and benches. The Cliff Walk starts here, winding for a scenic half mile along the rocks above the ocean. Parking is limited in the cul-de-sac lot, but the beach is also accessible by trolley. Restrooms and an outside shower are available, and lifeguards are on duty in high summer.
Hop on the trolley system of the Shoreline Explorer and take in the sights, shopping and restaurants along the coast from York Harbor to Kennebunkport. Nearby Cape Neddick (“Nubble”) Light has watched over the entrance to York Harbor since 1879; a good vantage point to view the light is from Sohier Park in York Beach, where there is free parking. The whole family will enjoy a visit to York’s Wild Kingdom, the largest zoo and amusement park in the area. Take a stroll through York Village to see the many historic buildings preserved by the York Historical Society, including Old Gaol (America’s oldest jail), the Old Schoolhouse, the Emerson-Wilcox House and Jefferds Tavern.