|Beaches in Provincetown, Cape Cod MA|
|The tip of Cape Cod is all sand, so any shore is usually a beach. Provincetown's best are part of the Cape Cod National Seashore.|
Beaches in Town
As Provincetown—and indeed the entire tip of Cape Cod—is all sand, just about every shore not covered by a building is beach. If it's on the shore, you may have direct access from your hotel or inn to the sea.
But for long sunning and swimming sessions, you'll probably want to make the short trek to one or another of Cape Cod's finest beaches:
Herring Cove Beach
If you follow US Route 6 to its northwestern end at Herring Cove at the far western end of Provincetown, 2miles (3 km) west of MacMillan Pier, you'll be at Herring Cove Beach, the warmer of the tip-of-the-Cape's two organized beaches, both of which are parts of the Cape Cod National Seashore.
The sea water is calm at Herring Cove, there's no dangerous undertow to speak of, and you may even spot whales breaching in the offing, or seals splashing and playing.
Showers, toilets, lifeguards, and food stands are yours for a relatively low parking fee, which you don't pay if you walk or bike to the beach.
Come in the evening for the sunset over Cape Cod Bay, an unusual vista on the US East Coast, where most sunsets (except on Florida's west coast, overlooking the Gulf of Mexico) take place over land. No parking fee to pay in the evening.
Race Point Beach
If Herring Cove is where you go for calm water, Race Point Beach, 3 miles (5 km) northwest of MacMillan Pier, on the very northern tip of Cape Cod, is where you go for Atlantic surf. The lighthouse here is a good goal for a walk. There are lifeguards on the beach.
In summer, shuttle boats will take you from MacMillan Pier and from Flyer’s Boatyard in Provincetown's West End to Race Point Beach.
Head of the Meadow Beach
Head of the Meadow Beach, at the end of Holden Street, 7.3 miles (12 km) east of MacMillan Pier in the Cape Cod National Seashore, is actually in the neighboring town of Truro, but easy of access if you have a car, or by bike trail if you have a bike. The National Park Service provides lifeguards and toilets.
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