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Beautiful Rental Houses for Your York Beach Visit

York Beach is a lovely beach town on the east coast of Maine. You can get extra enjoyment out of a vacation in York Beach by staying in a rental house, cottage, or condo. These lovely properties include many facilities to make you feel more comfortable. Perks such as free parking, washing machines, pools, and outdoor grills are often included.

The Beach Is the Place to Be

The beach is divided into two areas by a peninsula that is home to a lighthouse. The Long Sands Beach is to the south and Short Sands is to the north. As their names imply, the Long Sands Beach is larger than the Short Sands Beach though both have their advantages. Long Sands beach has a designated area for surfing. Both beaches have metered parking areas, but it is harder to find a spot at Long Sands Beach. Both beaches also have their own bathhouses and lifeguards on duty from late June to Memorial Day. Long Sands Beach is located near houses and hotels which is nice for those staying at those properties. Short Sands Beach is located in walking distance to the downtown area, which is convenient if you want to grab lunch, play in the arcade, or stroll through the beach shops.

Visit Nubble Lighthouse

This lighthouse is accessible by driving or via a short walk. While you cannot go inside the lighthouse, it is still fun to look at, paint, or photograph. Parking is available near the lighthouse. You can walk around Nubble or walk on the trail on the south side to the shore. The adventurous may enjoy climbing on the giant rocks on the shore. You can bring a picnic lunch and go fishing if you choose to. In addition, a gift shop and restroom facilities are available.

Wild Kingdom Is Fun for All

York’s Wild Kingdom is part zoo and part amusement park. With many animals from all over the world, the zoo is known for its exotic species, including a White Bengal Tiger. This venue also has a variety of family rides, a haunted house, paddleboats, miniature golf, and a picnic area.

Weather in York Beach

The weather at York Beach is pleasantly warm in the summer and cold in the winter. The average winter temperatures are in the low 30s but can dip below 0F at times. Additionally, the area gets up to 49 inches of snow each year. The summer, however, is much warmer. The average summer temperatures are in the mid to upper 70s with highs in the 80s and 90s on some days. Spring and fall are moderate with temperatures in the 50s, 60s, and 70s. The best time to visit York Beach is in the summer when all of the attractions are open and the weather is warm. If you do not like the crowds, you may choose to visit in the shoulder seasons of late spring or early fall.

How to Get to York Beach

York Beach is easily located off of U.S. Route 1, on the coast of Maine. It is easily accessible by car though the road can get a little backed up at peak times. Rental cars are ideal for those who wish to pack extra items for their vacation and do not have a sufficiently sized vehicle of their own. If you wish to fly into the area, the Portsmouth International Airport in New Hampshire is the closest. It is only about 15 miles from York Beach. Train travelers can get off of the train in Wells, Maine, only 11 miles from York Beach. This is a fun beach town to visit.

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                                                                                                      Recent York Harbor Reviews

                                                                                                      Quaint, quintessential ocean cottage, beautifully decorated

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                                                                                                      My husband & I were looking for a retreat. We were looking for peace & quiet and we found that during our stay in York, ME at Tabernacle Cottage. The owners were easily accessible by cell phone if needed, but we didn't. We had everything we needed there. Thank god for A/C..we had some very warm days on our vacation. Great Location! Literally, you walk across the street to Long Sands Beach and you can see the Nubble Lighthouse from the living room. Thank you
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                                                                                                      Great house in a great location

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                                                                                                      The property was perfect for the days leading up to our wedding - lots of beds and space available for guests to stay and relax in down time. The owner was very helpful in setting up the rental, and with providing lots of details about the house and area. The house is a few minutes from the main part of town and the beach, but was very easy to get to.
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                                                                                                      Perfect!!!

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                                                                                                      The Maine Seaside Cottage is the perfect venue for a large group of family and/or friends. The description of the property was spot on. We thought the house was lovelier than the photos on the VRBO website. The house was spotless. The kitchen was supplied with everything we needed for meal preparation. The prep kitchen helpful. There are various types of dinnerware--plastic for informal breakfasts and fancier ware for dinners. There are 2 dishwashers, 2 full size refrigerators, crisper drawers and small refrigerator in prep kitchen good for keeping the white wine cool. Finally, a separate freezer on the lower level. There is a view of York Harbor from the main kitchen sink--so lovely. We ate our dinners in the fully glassed in dining area. There is also a more formal dining room. The bedrooms are beautifully furnished--the master bedroom large enough to be an apartment in an of itself. Plenty of bedrooms and bathrooms to provide privacy for our group. Working with Jane Smith was a pleasure. She responded quickly to all my questions. It was nice to meet her after all of our electronic communication. She is delightful and so helpful. The highlight of our trip was a Windjammer schooner cruise on Casco Bay AND eating lobsters which were purchased at Fisherman's Cove. Fisherman's Cove cooked the lobsters perfectly. We also bought little neck and steamer clams. Excellent, fresh seafood. We visited the Nubble light, Bush compound which can be seen from the road, Ogunquit, and Kennebunkport. We enjoyed driving the small country roads. A few of us enjoyed a visit to Agamenticus mountain where there are lovely 360 degree views which extend all the way to Whiteface Mountain in NY. Fort McClary in Kittery is interesting and provides a beautiful view of the harbor. We enjoyed spectacular weather. I would happily recommend this property to friends and relatives. Loved it!!!!
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