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Sand Beach


290 yards long is located in the famous Acadia National Park tucked in a small inlet between the rocky shores lines and granite mountains. After decades of pounding surf it was created and this gorgeous beach which is largely compromised of unique sand of crushed shell fragments is one of the most popular spots on the island, a must visit with the family! At Sand Beach the ocean temperature rarely exceeds 55 degrees in the summer, and there is approximately one half cup of salt per gallon of ocean water.


Access to Sand Beach is provided via the Park Loop Road just after the park fee entrance station on the northeastern side of the island.



The protruding mountain that you will notice from the parking area / beach is likely The Beehive.  If you look close enough you might see people climbing toward the summit.


There is a very nice ocean side trail, accessed from the upper parking lot, that has beautiful views of the beach and mountains! A must walk.

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Keep walking and it will take you to past Thunder Hole.  Here when the right size wave rolls into the naturally formed inlet, a deep thunderous sound emanates. The cause is a small cavern formed low, just beneath the surface of the water. When the wave pulls back just before lunging forward, it dips the water just below the ceiling of the cavern allowing air to enter. When the wave arrives full force, it collides with the air, forcing it out, resulting in a sound like distant thunder. Water may splash into the air as high as 40 feet with a roar!

This is a beautiful spot to view some of the most striking features within Acadia. Read what others have said about this magical spot via Trip Advisor.

 Otter Cliffs

 Southward is the majestic 110 foot high Otter Cliffs which is probably one of the most recognized geographical features within the park. At 110 feet high, it is also one of the highest coastal headlands north of Rio de Jeneiro. From the east coast of Mount Desert Island, it proudly juts out, as if it is reaching into the sea to greet the first rays of the rising sun, turning the cliff face to a golden hue that is contrasted against the blue sky.



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