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Although the splendid beaches of Cape Cod National Seashore are the Cape's best-known, every Cape Cod town has its own fine beaches, some equally appealing.

by Tom Brosnahan
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Beach in Truro, Cape Cod, Massachusetts



Cape Cod is made of sand, so it's no surprise that its shores boast many long, broad beaches of fine light powdery silicon.

Surprise! Many of the glacial ponds on Cape Cod have fine sand beaches, allowing you to enjoy freshwater as well as salt-water swimming. Nickerson State Park in Brewster has eight ponds, Yarmouth has others.

Cape Cod National Seashore

This renowned national park stretches for 40 miles (63 km) along the northern shores of Cape Cod (map), preserving 44,600 acres (180 square kilometers) of beach, uplands, glacial ponds, and countless natural habitats.

Its four major visitor areas make its miles of beaches and dunes available to everyone. More...

Falmouth Beaches

Old Silver Beach is among Cape Cod's favorites, and one of the closest to the mainland, but Falmouth's Town Beach is fun as well. More...

Hyannis Beaches

Cape Cod's largest town has a good collection of beaches, some of which are within walking distance of the town center—convenient for those without cars. More...

Yarmouth Beaches

Perhaps the most and best collection of beaches on Cape Cod: salt water, fresh water, north, south, large and small. More....

Dennis Beaches

Beaches? Dennis has them, over a dozen, many of them splendid, along Nantucket Sound on the south shore of Cape Cod. More...

Harwich Beaches

Harwich keeps most of its beaches for town residents, allowing others to enter, but giving them no place to park, making Harwich's beaches all but inaccessible unless you own or rent property there.

Chatham Beaches

Because of its sandy barrier islands, Chatham's beaches feature just about the warmest water you'll find on Cape Cod. Shallow lagoons are great for safe splashing by little children. More...

Orleans Beaches

At the southern end of the Cape Cod National Seashore, Orleans has some fine beaches. More...

Eastham Beaches

The little town of Eastham has big beaches because of the Cape Cod National Seashore, as well as a few smaller town beaches, mostly for residents only. More...

Wellfleet Beaches

Wellfleets wonderful small beaches are mostly facing placid Wellfleet Harbor, with gentle grades and warm water—perfect for families. The challenge is that permits are issued only to residents or renters. No day-use passes available.

Truro Beaches

Like Wellfleet, Truro reserves most of its town beaches for residents and renters, but the Cape Cod National Seashore beaches such as Head of the Meadow are open to all. More...

Provincetown Beaches

Because Provincetown is built on sand, every shore is a beach. You may find that your seaside hotel or inn has direct access to the water. But the favored beach-day spots are splendid Herring Cove Beach and Race Point Beach. Just across the town line in neighboring Truro, Head of the Meadow Beach is reachable by car or bike. More...

10 Best Cape Cod Beaches

Want the short list? Here are my candidates for Cape Cod's Ten Best Beaches. More...

—by Tom Brosnahan

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Bass River Beach, South Yarmouth, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Bright sun, cool breeze, fine sand, clear water—beaches on Cape Cod!

Beach in Chatham, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Golden sand, warm water:
this must be a Chatham beach!


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