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“Go for the kitch but understand it's not a nice/pretty place”
Review of Old Orchard Beach

Old Orchard Beach
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I wanted to see this solely for the pier, as I've never seen a pier before that has little 'house'-like businesses on it. It's cute from a distance, but on the pier itself, its narrow and gross in a coney island type way. There's something appealing to me about a run-down amusement park - it's sad and depressing in a romantic way. The beach was crowded, okay looking but the whole area has a honky tonk trashy coney island vibe. And the people OMG. It's nice to know the south doesn't corner the market on white trash. Take a snap of the funky pier, grab a t-shirt and then move on to far more attractive areas. Absolutely do not eat here, whatever you do. Seriously, if you're starving head into the Rite Aid for granola bars.

4  Thank trav226
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Was here visiting a friend who owns a house here. Nice little town if you stay away from the pier. The pier area itself is busy and is all tourist trap type businesses and an amusement park, we stayed away from that area. There is parking at the pier for tourists for $10 a car (locals get a parking pass).

The town itself is small-town, the beach though is amazing! We walked down to the beach from the house since it was just a few blocks away (there is parking near the beach for locals but it was a nice day). The beach has a lifeguard and was very clean, a lot of people but not crowded. The waves were mellow, not the huge surfer kind, but the kind you can go play in without getting knocked over all the time. I loved this location!

2  Thank wolfgirlemt
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First visit to Old Orchard Beach. Very nice that there is so much around it, such as food venues and places for a drink. Like that you could walk up the stairs to the pier. The beach itself could have been cleaner. People need to pick up after themselves. Parking is a bit of a problem, since you can only put enough money in for 2 hours, which means you have to leave the beach to go put in more. I guess the parking lots are a better option.

Thank Jackie V
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Many little shops off of the beech. Pier is in poor condition. Beech has lots of activity and affordable family activities. Handicap parking is limited but available.

Thank dnopain
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The beach itself is fine. The shops, the town, the pier? They are absolutely filthy and disgusting. I have been to numerous beaches across the country and this one was by far the worst. There is trash, debris laying around. The other issue is that on many of the establishments there were signs warning people not to bring guns or weapons of any kind onto their property. Made my family feel quite uneasy.

4  Thank pennstatekelly
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