Find YOUR beach wedding spot on one of these York Maine beaches!



York Maine beaches offer a convenient location for those that are from out of state and would be traveling to Maine. They are easy to get to and offer beautiful, expansive soft sandy beaches with lots of space to sprawl out.

Here you will read about the beaches of York County which includes the towns of York, Ogunquit, Wells, Saco and Old Orchard Beach.

To get to the following York Maine beaches, follow Route 1 north out of Kittery area for about 5 miles. You will come to York street on the right. Take the right onto York street. After about a mile you will take a left onto Long Sands Road. After about a mile and half you will take another left onto Long Beach Avenue which is Route 1A. If you drive along this road for about a mile and half, you will come to York Beach, ME, the town.

Along Route 1A (which turns back into Route 1) is the general vicinity of all of the beaches mentioned below.

An interesting point to note is that Cape Neddick is the home to Nubble Light, a historic light house!

Short Sands Beach, York Beach, Maine, Beach weddings, outdoor wedding ideas Town of York:
Parking - mostly all either metered parking or paying to park in a parking lot...however, there IS free parking at Harbor Beach!

(Short Sands Beach photo courtesy of George Rodreguez)

Short Sands beach – offers changing rooms, showers and restrooms

Long Sands beach – offers a bathhouse with restrooms
York Harbor beach, also known as Mother’s beach – portable restrooms are available
Cape Neddick beach

If you are interested in an Oceanside ceremony on one of these beautiful York Maine beaches, but would like to work with a venue, here are some ideas for you:

- Stage Neck Inn
- Cliff House resort and spa (located on the beautiful cliffs - atop Bald Head Cliff)
- Dockside guest quarters (located on a private peninsula)
- Inn at Tanglewood Hall
- The Union Bluff Hotel
- The York Harbor Inn offers convenient use of The Hartley-Mason Reserve for a beach side ceremony.

Ogunquit Beach, York Beach, Maine, Beach weddings, outdoor wedding ideas Town of Ogunquit:
Parking - mostly by paying to park in a parking lot.

(Ogunquit Beach photo courtesy of "jhmagocsi")

Footbridge Beach – offers restrooms
Ogunquit Beach – offers restrooms


If you are interested in an Oceanside ceremony, but would like to work with a venue, Terrace by the sea offers spectacular ocean views!

Town of Wells:
Parking - mostly by paying to park in a parking lot. However, Wells beach has stickered parking only, you would need to contact the town office to get details.

Crescent beach –
Wells beach – offers restrooms
Drake’s Island – offers restrooms

If you are interested in an Oceanside ceremony, but would like to work with a venue, Village by the sea offers a beautiful view.

Town of Kennebunk:
To get to the Kennebunk beaches it is best to take the Maine Turnpike up to exit 19 so you can take Route 9.

(Colony Beach with the Colony Hotel in the background photo courtesy of Michael O'Brien)



Parking - mostly by stickered parking only and you would need to contact the town office to get details.

Kennebunk Beach, parking pass required – non-resident is $10 for the day
Mother’s beach, Middle beach, Goose Rocks and Gooch’s beach are all stickered parking only
Arundel Beach (a.k.a. Colony Beach)

If you are interested in an Oceanside ceremony, but would like to work with a venue, The Nonantum Resort is world renowned for its breath taking scenery. Another wonderful option would be the Colony Hotel (featured in the above photo) which is also located Oceanside!

Town of Saco:
To get to the Saco beaches it is best to take the Maine Turnpike up to exit 36 so you can take Route 9.

Parking - mostly free public parking can you believe it?

Ferry Beach State park – offer restrooms, state park fee’s apply
Bayview – no bathrooms
Ocean Park – no bathrooms

If you are interested in an oceanside ceremony at one of these beautiful York Maine beaches, but would like to work with a venue, there are not any hotels or inn’s that cater to weddings in this vicinity and there are no hotels or inns right on the beach.

Town of Old Orchard Beach:
To get to Old Orchard Beach it is best to take the Maine Turnpike up to exit 36 so you can take Route 9.

(Old Orchard Beach Pier photo courtesy of Joe Hardenbrook)

Parking - mostly metered parking or paying to park in a parking lot



There is one very large beach known as Old Orchard Beach, it is about 7 miles long!

The area is quite busy in the summer time, especially for July and August. It is very much a tourist community!!

I must say, of all the York Maine beaches, this areas is very much the "party" town for sure!

If you are interested in an Oceanside ceremony, but would like to work with a venue, there are not any hotels or inn’s that specifically cater to weddings...however if it is just a small destination wedding, there are lots of hotels right on the beach!

No matter which of these York Maine beaches you choose, you will be pleased!

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