Positioned where the York River meets the Atlantic Ocean, about 7 miles north of New Hampshire, York, Maine retains the look and flavor of an 18th-century village. Four small New England communities including Cape Neddick, York Harbor, York Village, and York Beach unite to form the beautiful and diverse town of York. From the old-time carousel and arcades of York Beach to the tranquil headwaters of the York River and the stately mansions of York Harbor, York truly is an ideal place to live or vacation--for all reasons and in all seasons. York boasts miles of sandy beaches, rocky cliffs, and boating anchorages, all just an hour from Boston yet almost a world away. The York area has righteously earned its 2002 Money magazine title as "one of the 10 best places to vacation in North America", and invites you to spend a day, spend a week, or spend a lifetime!
Cape Neddick is located between York Beach and the town of Ogunquit, Maine. Cape Neddick is a residential community boasting the gorgeous Passaconaway Beach, antiques, shopping, and dining. Known for its rocky and scenic Shore Road, Cape Neddick is a highly desirable location with beautiful oceanfront, ocean view, and riverfront properties.
York Beach, a Victorian-era family resort with shops and restaurants, is comprised of Long Sands and Short Sands Beaches. Between the beaches is Nubble Point, home of the famous Nubble Lighthouse.
York Harbor, a sought-after vacation spot since the Civil War era, is a beautiful residential area featuring grand oceanfront homes, estates, and the splendid York Harbor Beach, as well as fine dining, a marina, fishing wharfs, and the Reading Room.
York Village, a charming downtown area, is the home of the Museums of Old York, dedicated to the promotion and preservation of historic York. Incorporated in 1652, many of York Village’s original homes and churches remain intact.
Sunbathe, swim, and surf at Long Sands Beach, over a mile of sandy beach with something for the entire family: raft rentals, umbrella rentals, bathhouse, surfing zone, and shops and food within walking distance. Take a surf lesson with Liquid Dreams Surf Shop during the summer months. Visit Short Sands in York Beach, a shorter stretch of sandy beach that offers a bathhouse, playground, summer evening concerts, shops, food, and even an amusement park. Relax at York Harbor Beach, a sheltered, sandy beach with a spectacular rocky shoreline backdrop. Some parking is available here, but most is permit required. Go tide-pooling at York's Cape Neddick Beach, a small beautiful beach with no facilities. (Photo above by George Barker Photography)