Cape Cod beaches fill the need for a quintessential beach holiday. Think lazy, sunny days, a wide variety of beaches, great summer rentals, and a scenic setting for relaxing days and entertaining evenings. With major attractions like Cape Cod National Seashore, the waterfront really is the star and a true thing of beauty. The cape is technically an island, wedged up against the mainland, separated by a very narrow channel skirting the Scenic Highway. It juts way into the ocean and then curls slightly around at the east end, appearing to have a tail-like appendage.
There are more than 500 miles of beaches and coast for all preferences on Cape Cod. The menus around town will have any seafood lover drooling: swordfish, oysters, lobsters, and mussels from towns like Provincetown, Wellfleet, and Harwich. Cape Cod beaches are found all over the area, distinguished by their situation on the cape. Lower, Central, Outer, and Upper Cape are each home to many wonderful beaches but also tons of great attractions. The Lower Cape is decidedly residential while the central area is definitely the most heavily touristed. The outer cape might well be the most relaxing and scenic while heading north to the upper cape, it is noticeably more populated, a large majority of attractions are inland, and these Massachusetts beaches have a more personal feel.
Corporation Beach in Dennis is an ideal setting for families with young kids. Naturally set in a small cove, the beach enjoys natural protection from the elements. Marine life thrives along the rocky breakwall, where calm water offers the perfect situation for little ones to delve in and explore. There is a playground, restrooms, and concessions. During the summer lifeguards are on duty all day. The natural lazy river at Paine’s Creek beach is a runner up for best family beach, running through inland marsh, emptying out into the ocean.
Sandy Neck Beach
Six-mile Sandy Neck Beach is another noteworthy stretch spanning from Barnstable to Sandwich facing Cape Cod Bay. At Sandy Neck Beach, visitors can drive directly onto the sand with an ATV, riding as far from crowds as possible to find a peaceful spot. Though seeing these vehicles is common, the restrictions in place maintain an environment enjoyable with or without an ATV. There are concessions, showers, restrooms, and lifeguards. Swimming and fishing are ideal along with hiking some of the nearby trails.
Cape Cod National Seashore
Cape Cod National Seashore is major attraction and perhaps the best. It is one of the top Cape Cod beaches and a national gem. More than 40,000 acres of waterfront, historic buildings, old lighthouses, picnic areas, nature trails, and swimming beaches ofcourse, are found along this stunning slice of natural coastline. There are ponds and marshes, wild cranberry bogs, and rich history all about. Seven walking trails, including Nauset Marsh Trail and Great Island Trail are great for exploring. Cape Cod National Seashore bike trails offer active pursuits, with two at the north end and two at the south.
From the beginning of the national seashore in Provincetown to the end bordering Chatham, there are six amazing beaches to discover. Eastham’s Coast Guard Beach is one of the finest Cape Cod beaches hands down. Eastham is also home to Nauset Light Beach. Wellfleet’s Marconi Beach, Truro’s Meadow Beach, and Provintown’s Herring Cove and Race Point beaches are all on the national seashore.