the long beach is in York Beach which Cape Neddick Nubble is Actually Part of (the other beaches are short beach and Harbor Beach, which are contigous with the long beach along the long beache avenue area). this is a long sandy beach with designated surfing area. Metered parking is available along Route 1A for the entire length of beach. Restrooms available at the Bathhouse near Oceanside Ave. There are Local Lifeguards on duty from the end of June to Labor Day every year. Maine is known more for it's Light Houses and Rocky Beaches but here in the Yorks, these are fine gray sand beaches that can be packed during summer and late spring.
the Sohier Park is very small park along the Coast of York in Maine but is one of the most visited in Maine due to it's unique location as the stepping stone to post card perfect views of the Cape Neddick and the Nubble Light House and Panoramic Views of the Long Beach area of York Town. The park also provides free parking year-round, benches, restrooms, a telescope, and a small seasonal gift shop. Daily hours are posted at the park entrance. If it is time for a bite to eat while you are sightseeing at the Nubble, Fox's Lobster House Restaurant, open seasonally, is nearby (see my separate tips for each).
The Nubble Light House has one rich history in the Maine Coast (which has a reputation for historic lighthouses numbering about 60 dotting it's coasts) but at present is not accesible to visitors. The Nubble light House is a major stop for people who go on a tour of Maine in General and southern main in Particular. The best place to view the Lighthouse is at the nearby Sohier State Park where parking is free. Built in 1879, Cape Neddick is the southernmost of Maine's many lighthouses. It is also called Nubble Light, refering to the barren rocky island (Nubble) on which it sits, just off shore. The 41 foot tower is constructed of cast iron plates lined with brick. Cape Neddick's fourth-order lens flashes red every six seconds, and is visible for 13 miles.The Nubble Light has probably appeared on more postcards, calendars, and other souvenirs than any other New England lighthouse
You must visit the Cape Neddick Lighthouse (a.k.a. Nubble) when visiting the coast of Maine. The sight is just breathtaking. The lighthouse is on it's own tiny island. Tourists are not allowed on the island but there is a great view from the mainland. It's excellent for photographers who want to get shots of the lighthouse without tourists in the picture.
The Nubble Light is not open for visitors but it's was a lovely drive to get there from Ogunquit and it makes for a pretty picture, I believe it's one of the most photographed lighthouses in Maine along with the Portland Head Light
If you look at the 2nd photo, you will see how they get supplies over to the island that the lighthouse sits on. I asked Robert to pose inside the basket, I promised I wouldn't push, but he eyed me warily and declined.
The lighthouse was 1st illuminated in 1879, mariners were trying to get one installed there as early as 1807 and even the wreck of the Isadore in 1842 didn't get one installed, it took almost another 40 years to get one built here. The lighthouse was automated in 1987 and the last Coast Guard keeper was removed.
The cute little red building is an oil house, used to house the oil needed to keep the lanterns lit before they went electric, built in 1902.