Long Sands, as the name suggests, is a wide open west-facing beach that's well protected from the wind by its northern headland, Cape Neddick. Plenty of peaks to choose from, which never get top-to-bottom but can peel off fast. Great for longboards or beginners.
Plenty of stormwater pipes and strong rip currents are the main hazards at Long Sands. No surfing 10-5pm in summer, which is when the parking meters click in.