Cape Cod Beaches

Cape Cod Beaches

Cape Cod Beaches

Cape Cod Beaches

Blessed by a great variety of surrounding waters, Cape Cod boast some of the world’s best beaches. The Belvedere Inn’s central location on Cape Cod makes finding and getting to your favorite beaches quick and easy.

Cape Cod has more than 150 beaches, enough to keep the most inveterate beachcomber busy all year long. One can still capture that sense of adventure that enchanted Thoreau so long ago while walking the isolated stretches of towering dune-backed beaches from Eastham to Provincetown. Families love the easy access and more placid beaches of the bay and sound, which tend to be more crowded. If saltwater isn’t your thing, the Cape has dozens of freshwater kettle holes inland that were carved in the far-distant past by receding glaciers.

 

 

 

 

Upper Cape

For Families: Parents love Old Silver – a long crescent of soft white sand in North Falmouth – for its comparatively calm, warm water, and kids like poking around the shallow tidal pools full of sea life.

Mid Cape

For Wanderers: Stretching some 6 miles across a peninsula that ends at Sandy Neck Light, Sandy Neck Beach in West Barnstable offers a spectacular combination of sand, sea, and dunes perfect for strolling and watching the plentiful birdlife.

For Active Types: Encompassing 1.5 miles of soft white sand on Nantucket Sound, busy West Dennis Beach has plenty of space to try windsurfing, play a game of beach volleyball, or just sit back and enjoy the people watching.

For Walkers: Bass River/Smugglers Beach is a perfect place to park and then walk across a series of 4 beaches with only stones between one and the next. The soft sand, gentle curve, and great views of Nantucket Sound and Bass River make for a great run or walk. Once you reach Parkers River, turn around and walk or jog back for a total of 3 miles.

For The All-Day Beach Bum: Seagull Beach is Yarmouth’s largest beach with wide open spaces big enough for your umbrella, beach towels, and cooler. This location also offers food concessions, showers, a bathhouse. Tip: Drive the full length of the parking lot to find a less populated area of the beach.

Lower Cape

For Traditionalists: Locals contend that Eastham’s Nauset Light Beach and Coast Guard Beach, both set within the Cape Cod National Seashore, are the quintessential beaches. Combining serious surf, sweeping expanses of sand, magnificent dunes, and mesmerizing views, these spots deliver on the wow factor.

For Bird-Watchers: On the barrier beaches of the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge, accessible by boat tours from Chatham, you’re bound to see more sandpipers and plovers than people. Summer through early fall, shorebirds and waterfowl flock are here to nest, rest, and feast in tidal flats.

For Historians: In this centuries-old area even a fun-in-the-sun day can double as a history lesson. In the Lower Cape, Eastham’s popular First Encounter Beach has a bronze plaque that marks the spot where Myles Standish and his Mayflowerbuddies first encountered Native Americans in 1620.

Outer Cape

For Surfers: Wave-blasted White Crest Beach in Wellfleet is one of the preeminent places on the peninsula to Hang 10.

For Views: After the winding drive amid the dunes and scrub in the National Seashore, Race Point Beach in Provincetown literally is the end of the road. Cape Cod Bay and the Atlantic meet here in a powerful tumbling of waves; views are vast and include extraordinary sunsets as well whale sightings.

For Night Owls: After-hours it’s tough to beat Cahoon Hollow Beach in Wellfleet. The water here is chilly but the music at the Beachcomber bar and restaurant is hot.

Martha’s Vineyard

For Photographers: Perhaps no beach in this camera-ready region is more photogenic than that below the Aquinnah Cliffs. The multicolored clay cliffs face west, allowing for gorgeous shots at sunset.

Nantucket

For Sand Castle Connoisseurs: Jetties Beach has the finest sand castle building material. Hordes gather to prove it during Sandcastle & Sculpture Day, held annually in mid-August.

 

Yarmouth Beaches

Don’t want to drive too far from The Belvedere Inn? Here is a guide to all the beaches within just a few miles from your stay.

Beach Address Bathrooms Kid Friendly  Parking Food Additional Notes
Bass Hole-Gray’s Beach Off Center St. Yarmouth Yes Yes- Playground up from the beach in the back Yes- limited, but parking lot available No- Grills available as well as large covered pavillion with picnic tables underneath. Bass Hole is on the North Side off of Rt. 6A and is the other FREE beach  in Yarmouth. It is tucked away and has beautiful views.  Smaller beach area and light wave laps so great for little kids with a life guard present.  There is a very long boardwalk which is great to walk on, and there is any area to sit at on the end.  Views to Sandy Neck beach in Barnstable. 
Bass River/Smugglers South Shore Drive, South Yarmouth yes/ showers to rinse off (outdoors) available Yes Yes-lots, day parking $15, free after 4:30pm, weekend/week passes available Yes- cash only snack bar available Great large beach with life guards, fishing pier, picnic tables as well as a volleyball net.  Parking lot fills up quickly, usually by noon on the weekends.
Bay View Bay View Street, West Yarmouth No Yes Yes- limited parking lot No Small beach on Lewis Bay, at the end of the road by the Hospital and is a FREE beach (2 of 3). There are lifguards there some times but a calm beach area. 
Colonial Acres Standish Way, West Yarmouth No Yes Yes- limited parking lot No Colonial Acres is off Rt 28, and is a FREE beach (1 of 3) in Yarmouth. It is tucked away and has beautiful views.  Large beach area and light waves so great for little kids.
Craigville Beach Craigville Beach Road, Centerville Yes Yes Yes- day parking $15 Mon.-Fri. $20 weekends and holidays, free after 3:45pm, week passes available Yes Large beach but gets very crowded as it is the most popular in Barnstable for tourists (heavily signed from highway). Lifeguards are present.
Englewood Beach Berry Avenue, West Yarmouth No Yes- small playground/swings Yes- limited parking lot No Englewood Beach is tucked away down on Lewis Bay and is a small beach. There are boats, marina, and a jetty righ off of the beach.
Flax Pond North Main Street, South Yarmouth- Entrance located on Dupont St. off of White’s Path. Yes Yes- Large recreational area Yes- parking lot No- campsite Flax Pond has a new entrance off of White’s Path.  Flax Pond is huge park/recreation area with paths, grills, ball field, tennis courts, and beach. Great way to spend the day with a family.
Kalmus Beach Ocean St. Hyannis Yes Yes Yes-lots, day parking $15 Mon.-Fri. $20 weekends and holidays, free after 3:45pm, week passes available Yes- cash only snack bar available Large beach with lifeguards available. Parking lot fills up quickly, usually by noon on the weekends.
Long Pond Indian Memorial Drive, South Yarmouth No Yes Street Parking No Little kid friendly, small sandy area for a beach, no waves.
Parkers River South Shore Drive, South Yarmouth Yes yes- playground available Yes-limited, day parking $15, free after 4:30pm, weekend/week passes available No- but across from Skippers Restaurant, and ice cream man comes around Great for families, but limited beach space.  Benches available for those who want to walk down and sit.  Parking lot fills up quickly.
Sandy Neck Off Route 6A, West Barnstable Yes Yes Yes-limited, day parking $15 Mon.-Fri. $20 weekends and holidays, free after 3:45pm, week passes available Very popular beach for Barnstable residents and tourists. Has an area for offroading which offers views to Bass Hole Beach.
Sandy Pond Buck island Road, West Yarmouth No- portapottys only Yes Yes- limited parking lot No Sandy Pond is a park/recreation area with walking paths, grills, soccer/ball field, tennis courts, and small beach at the pond. Great way to spend the day with a family.
Seagull Beach Off Sea Gull Beach Road, West Yarmouth Yes Yes Yes-lots, day parking $15, free after 4:30pm, weekend/week passes available Yes- cash only snack bar available Great large beach with life guards.  Parking lot fills up quickly, usually by noon on the weekends.
Seaview Beach South Shore Drive, South Yarmouth yes Kind of yes- Yarmouth Residents only, have to have beach sticker to park no- ice cream man only Seaview beach is the “residents” beach.  That doesn’t stop people who want to walk or ride bikes from going there, but to park you have to have a beach sticker.  There is limited space, so kids will not have the space to spread out but life guard is present.
Veterans Beach Ocean Street, Hyannis No- portapottys only Yes- playground present Yes-limited, day parking $15 Mon.-Fri. $20 weekends and holidays, free after 3:45pm, week passes available No Small beach with a park and grills/picnic tables available. Parking lot fills up quickly.
Wilbur Park Highbank Road, South Yarmouth No Kind of Yes No Wilbur Park was turned into a more significant area with a recent renovation. It is mainly used as a boat landing, but there are areas to go down to the water and sit/picnic.
Windmill Beach River Street, South Yarmouth No Yes Limited No Windmill Beach is only a beach at low tide.  At high tide, water covers the first step of the staircase that leads to the beach, so be mindful of the tides when planning to go for the “beach”.  Otherwise, great place to walk to, take photos, great scenery especially at sunset.