Cape Cod Beaches
There are literally hundreds of salt and freshwater beaches on Cape Cod offering visitors swimming, sunbathing, beach sports, sand castle building opportunities and awesome clam bake spots – Cape Cod style!
The best beaches on Cape Cod are excellent for long walks, swimming or surfing! Top beaches on the Lower and Outer Cape include Nauset Beach in Orleans, Coast Guard and Nauset Light Beach in Eastham, Cahoon Hollow in Wellfleet, Highland Beach in Truro, and Race Point in Provincetown. Nantucket Sound offers warm saltwater swimming and sizeable beaches. Major beaches on the Southside include Craigsville in Centerville, West Dennis Beach in Dennis, Red River Beach in Harwich, Kalmus in Hyannis, and Hardings Beach in West Chatham.
Cape Cod Bay offers miles of spectacular sandy beach with exposed flats at low tide. To walk the tidal flats and enjoy beach sports like frisbee, soccer or volleyball, try Sandy Neck in Sandwich, Corporation and Cold Storage Beaches in Dennis, and First Encounter Beach in Eastham.
In addition to these saltwater beaches, there are numerous freshwater lakes that offer swimming, fishing, waterskiing and boating in almost every Cape Cod town and village. Sailing and waterskiing are popular on the Cape's largest lakes including Long Pond in Harwich, Lake Wequaquet in West Barnstable, and the five lakes at Nickerson State Park in Brewster.
Each private and public beach has its own personality and part of the fun in visiting the Cape is finding the beach that best suits you, your family and friends! There are also dog and pet friendly beaches on Cape Cod.
Cape Cod Beach Stickers
If you plan to stay on the Cape for an extended visit or are thinking about becoming a summer resident, consider getting a weekly or monthly parking sticker for your favorite beach. Daily parking fees for some popular beaches are expensive.
Beach stickers are issued by individual town halls. Each town sets the costs of these stickers and some combine them with a dump sticker option.
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