07/30/2013 08:49 am ET Updated Jul 30, 2013

Sand Beach, Acadia National Park Is Our Destination Of The Day (PHOTOS)

Mark Fleming

If there's one thing we know, we love ourselves some beaches and some national parks.

Where better to combine the two than at Maine's beloved Mount Desert Island in Acadia National Park?

Sand Beach, an apt name if ever there was one, sits 290-yards long among mountains and hiking trails.

The national park is so beloved that Down East, the magazine of Maine, has devoted part of their August issue to it. Of the beach, the magazine's Senior Writer, Virginia M. Wright, told HuffPost Travel:

With its pinkish-white sand and aqua waters, Sand Beach is reminiscent of the strands on Bermuda. Comprised of finely ground shells, it is a rare phenomenon in Maine and the only natural sand beach on Mount Desert Island. In winter, Sand Beach defies its name, as storm-whipped waves siphon the sand away, exposing the big rocks underneath. Come spring, the sand always returns, washed in by the currents.

Despite its beauty be forewarned -- the water temperature rarely rises above 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

Photos by Mark Fleming unless otherwise noted.



Sand Beach, Acadia