We asked our Cape Cod Oceanview vacation rental tenants which were their favorite beaches. Here are a few they came up with. The Atlantic Ocean beaches typically have big waves and water temps in the high 50s to low 60s in the summer. The Cape Cod Bay and Nantucket Sound beaches are calmer and predictably warmer. Seals can be seen close on the ocean side. Whether your beach activity includes volleyball, Kadima, boogie-boarding, surfing, windsurfing, swimming, walking, or hiking, you’re sure to find the right stretch of sand for you.
Race Point Beach, Provincetown
The beautiful outer Cape Cod curve of shore is Provincetown’s Race Point Beach, part of the Cape Cod National Seashore. It is a wide ribbon of sand wrapping around the dunes and the Coast Guard station. Easily accessible from Rt 6 scenic highway and town there is plenty of parking, bike trails leading into the woods and dunes, and plenty of sand for everyone. The Province Lands Visitors Center and the historic Old Harbor Life Saving Station are nearby giving beach goers time out of the sun to learn about the area and its long history. Cape Cod National Seashore administrates beach passes for this location.
Longnook Beach, Truro
Long Nook Beach is one of Truro’s spectacular oceanside beaches. Backed by great sand dunes, a steep sand incline is the only access down to the beach which may be difficult for some visitors. Popular with families for boogie-boarding and surf swimming, which may be difficult at times of very rough water. Parking is limited so arrive early. Truro administrates beach stickers for this location.
Cahoon Hollow Beach, Wellfleet
One of the most popular beaches with younger beachgoers, and a smaller number of families and older adults. The beach has enormous dunes with long, steep paths leading down from the sand parking lot to the beach. Cahoon Hollow is a popular beach for young adults due to The Wellfleet Beachcomber, a well-liked seaside bar and restaurant located in the beach parking lot. Parking is limited so arrive early. Wellfleet administrates beach stickers for this location.
Coast Guard Beach, Eastham
Part of the National Seashore, Coast Guard Beach is recognized as one of the top 10 on lists of America’s best beaches, Coast Guard Beach is breathtaking. This is one of the Cape’s most popular beaches but there is plenty of sand for all. The NPS maintains a boardwalk access right to beach. Good for disabled access. This expansive beach has beautiful dunes, marshlands and a fabulous view. Large surf makes this a great spot for boogie-boards and surfing. Park at the Little Creek parking lot on Doane Road and take the free shuttle to the beach. The shuttle runs every 5-10 minutes dropping you off at beach where you have a short walk from the drop off point. Drop off and pick up at the beach is prohibited. Cape Cod National Seashore administrates beach passes for this location.
Nauset Beach, Orleans
Nauset Beach, not to be confused with Nauset Light Beach of the National Seashore, is a long 10-mile beach stretching Orleans to Chatham. The protected area accessible from the parking lot can get crowded. Surfing is permitted in the non-protected beach areas from 9 am to 6 pm. It is also popular with swimmers and boogie boarders. The beach is also available for off-road vehicles with the proper permit. The parking lot holds up to 900 cars, which occasionally fills up. Arrive early or in the late afternoon if you want to claim a spot or find alternate means of transportation. Orleans administrates beach passes for this location.
Cold Storage Beach, Dennis
Cold Storage Beach in the village of East Dennis is a perfect spot to watch boats of all sizes cruise in and out of the rock jetty entrance to Sesuit Harbor, which lies just west of the beach. A large beach with the warmer and calmer waters from Cape Cod Bay. Great area for beach walking, both on the shore and out on the flats. Not too crowded with a large parking lot and a short walk to the beach. Attendant on duty. Resident parking only. Dennis administrates beach passes for this location.
Red River Beach, Harwich
One of the most popular beaches in Harwich, Red River Beach is long and expansive with plenty of room to stretch out. The warm Nantucket Sound water is great for swimming. Small waves make this beach great for kids who want to boogie-board. There is a boat ramp at the very end of the parking lot to easily launch small craft, canoes and kayaks. Large parking right off the beach. Attendant on duty. This is the only Harwich beach with daily parking available to non-residents. Harwich administrates beach passes for this location.
Sea Gull Beach
Sea Gull Beach is located just west of Parkers River on Nantucket Sound and is Yarmouth’s largest and most popular beach, especially among high school and college students. This beach has lots of room, the water is warm making it great for sunbathing, playing beach games, swimming and windsurfing. Plenty of parking spaces. Yarmouth administrates beach passes for this location.