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Massachusetts beaches range from mountain lakes to ocean bluffs

Beaches in Massachusetts Massachusetts beaches range from fresh-water lakes in the western mountains to the sandy flats of Cape Cod Bay and the towering bluffs of Martha's Vineyard. There's a perfect beach for everyone from small children playing in quiet tide pools to surfers riding pounding waves. Lodging for families, singles, and romantic couples is easy to find for a beach vacation in Massachusetts.

The state Department of Conservation and Recreation offers a pass for daily parking fees at most state parks and beaches where fees are charged. The MassParks Pass costs $60 per year for Massachusetts residents and $85 per year for non-residents. The MassParks Senior Citizen Pass is a one-time lifetime fee of $10 for state residents age 62 and older.

Passes may be purchased at parks and beaches that charge parking fees during the open season, usually mid-May to early September. Most parks accept only cash and checks. You may also buy a pass through Reserve America or call 877-422-6762. Without this pass, daily parking fees are $2 at scenic and historic sites, $5 or $8 at inland beaches, and $3-$13 at ocean beaches. Passes not valid at Quabbin Reservoir.

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45 Hull Shore Drive Hull, MA, 02045 Phone: 781-925-4500

Stay, Play and Relax Just Steps From the Beach

Situated on a 3-mile stretch of sandy white beach stands the Nantasket Beach Resort, tall, white and brilliant with a sense of New England charm felt from the moment you arrive.  Close to Boston, Close to the Cape, Hull is your gateway to historic Plymouth, and to New England's popular tourist attractions and historic sites.  Here you can stay and play just steps from the beach - with all the fun, sun, and activity.

Enjoy spectacular sunrises and views of three of Boston's historic lighthouses. Full service amenities include Concierge service, our on-site restaurant, indoor pool, full fitness club, oceanfront conference center, and an array of excellent restaurants and attractions within walking distance, scattered among eclectic shops and boutiques.

Owen Little Way Vineyard Haven (on Martha's Vineyard), MA Phone:

Just moments away from Vineyard Haven, this small stretch of shorefront is nice for swimming and sunbathing. There's limited parking, but it's right next to town, with access from Main Street. Located next to the Vineyard Haven Yacht Club.
Some beaches are open to the general public while others are reserved for residents and summer visitors in the towns where the beaches are located. A parking and/or beach permit is required at town beaches. Permits can be obtained through the local town hall.

Nantasket Avenue Hull, MA Phone: 781-925-1777

Ocean beach; open year-round; life guards on duty June to September

Nantasket Beach has been a popular summer destination since the 1850s. The reservation covers 25 acres across more than a mile of ocean shoreline. Riding the Paragon Carousel, band concerts and public dance lessons are popular . Open year-round, dawn to dusk. Lifeguards on duty from late June to early September.
Daily parking fee is $10 for Massachusetts-registered vehicles and $12 for out-of-state vehicles

Owen Park Way Vineyard Haven (on the island of Martha's Vineyard), MA Phone:

This harbor beach also offers quick access to Vineyard Haven. Situated at Owen Park. Off Main Street, near the center of town. Open to all.

120 Dorchester St. Quincy, MA, 02205 Phone: 617-376-1251

Nickerson Beach is a very small beach which primarily serves the adjacent Squantum residential neighborhood of Quincy. This scenic coastal area, with its extensive salt marsh and mudflats, is attractive to birds and for bird watching. Owned by the City of Quincy. Access: Most access is by foot or bicycle, although limited curbside parking is available. The area is also accessible via public transportation. Take the Squantum #211 bus to the Bellevue Road & Dorchester Street stop from the MBTA Red Line's North Quincy station.

Lynn Shore Drive Lynn, MA Phone: 781-485-2803

Four miles of waterfront offers swimming at Long Beach and King’s Beach. A public walkway for walking, jogging, and bicycling extends for two miles across the reservations, facing Nahant Bay. Lots of packed sand is visible and accessible at low tide at King's Beach and Long Beach on Nahant Bay. Visitors also enjoy the sand dunes along Long Beach and tide pools at Red Rock Park. Open year round, dawn to dusk
The property also has ball fields, racquetball and tennis courts, a play area, a visitor center, a bathhouse Very large parking lot at Long Beach requires a fee May through September, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.. On-street parking on Lynn Shore Drive is close to Red Rock Park and King's Beach.
Directions: Lynnway (Rt. 1A) to Carroll Parkway to Nahant Rotary and, then, either Nahant Causeway to boat launch and Long Beach at Nahant Beach Reservation, or, Lynn Shore Drive to Red Rock Park and King's Beach at Lynn Shore Reservation.

Canal Street Duxbury, MA Phone:

Oceanside barrier beach; parking fee; bathhouse and services

Duxbury Beach is a sand barrier six miles in length, extending from Marshfield to Gurnet Point and Saquish (part of Plymouth). Life guards, bathhouse, restrooms, showers, ice cream, snacks, and Blakeman’s restaurant.
Access" People with parking stickers (resident and oversand) should go to the beach via the Powder Point Bridge in Duxbury. People who want day parking at the Duxbury Beach Park should go through Marshfield and take Canal Street to Gurnet Road in Duxbury.
Parking Fees: Daily fee is $15 per car. Non-resident parking stickers for the season are $294-$325. Contact Town of Duxbury.
Hours: Daily, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Off Route 6, six miles north of Salt Pond Visitor Center South Wellfleet, MA, 02663 Phone: 508-771-2144

Memorial Day to Labor Day; great views

The Marconi Station Site offers a superb viewing area across this portion of the Cape from ocean to bay. Here, the outer beach is famous for its steep sand cliff located behind it. The uplands above the beach slope gradually westward, and provide a graceful vista of both the bay and sea horizons. Restrooms and bathhouse open seasonally. Watch for bicyclists along Route 6, and where the bicycle trail crosses the Marconi area entrance road. Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi completed the first transatlantic wireless communication between the U.S. and England from this location in 1903. Cape Cod National Seashore map.
Cape Cod National Seashore fees: Daily vehicle, $15; motorcycles, $5; pedestrians and bicyclists, $3; annual pass, $45

Ocean View Drive Eastham, MA, 02642 Phone: 508-771-2144

Open: Late June-early September

Nauset Light Beach consists of a broad, sandy beach that is contained by a steep glacial scarp behind it. During winter months, the beach profile is considerably lowered, sometimes exposing features such as the brick foundation of one of the earlier Three Sisters lighthouses. Location: One mile north of Coast Guard Beach on Ocean View Drive in Eastham. Restrooms open seasonally, lifeguard, paid parking, wheelchair accessible. Cape Cod National Seashore map.
Fees: Cape Cod National Seashore fees: Daily vehicle, $15; motorcycles, $5; pedestrians and bicyclists, $3; annual pass, $45. Cape Cod National Seashore map.

Warren Avenue (Route 3A) Plymouth, MA Phone:

The entrance to Plymouth Beach is just past Plimoth Plantation (137 Warren Avenue). Life guards through the summer but not past Labor Day. There are restrooms and a snack bar at the beach. From April 1 through September 30 leashed dogs will be allowed on Ryder Way and the beachfront from the main parking lot north to the day parking area, excluding areas closed for shorebird nesting.
Fees: Weekdays, $10; weekends, $15

Ocean Street Hyannis, MA, 02601 Phone: 508-790-6345

Memorial Day to Labor Day; excellent for windsurfing; popular with families and kids; concessions

This beach, in Hyannis Harbor on Nantucket Sound, is considered one of the best Cape Cod beaches for windsurfing, with good winds all through the season. The beach is divided into two sections, to keep windsurfers away from kids and families. Very popular for windsurfing. Life guards, bathhouse, picnic area, snack bar, volleyball area, wheelchair access. Operated by the town of Barnstable.
Fees: Parking permit is required. Fee for non-resident parking sticker is $15 a day, $50 a week, and $200 for the season. Daily permit may be purchased at the beach; weekly and seasonal permits must be purchased at the National Guard Armory, 225 South Street, Hyannis.

Easton Street Nantucket, MA Phone:

Located right at the Brant Point Lighthouse, this is not really a beach for swimming. There is some sand but the currents are very strong with lots of boat traffic and there are no lifeguards or restrooms. This is a nice place to sit and watch the boats go by or the artists painting the lighthouse, but swimming is not recommended.
Beach vehicle permit fees range from $50 to $200 for the season. See Nantucket Beach Vehicle Permit Fees.

Harbor View Way Nantucket, MA Phone:

Harbor Beach, an easy walk from town down South Beach Street and off Harbor View Way. Flotation devices are not permitted within the guarded area. Ideal for small children; park, playground, and bandstand; lifeguard, restrooms, showers, food service, picnic tables. Food, playground, and rest room are all accessible. Activities sponsored by Park & Recreation Commission are often held at this beach during the summer.

Hummock Pond Road Nantucket (on the island of Nantucket), MA Phone:

Four-mile bike ride to the end of Hummock Pond Road. Heavy surf. Lifeguard are on duty, and parking is available.
Beach vehicle permit fees range from $50 to $200 for the season. See Nantucket Beach Vehicle Permit Fees.

Wauwinet Road Wauwinet (on the island of Nantucket), MA, 02554 Phone: 508-228-5646

Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge is known for its historic lighthouse, white sand beaches, and world-class fishing. Rolling maritime dunes cover more than 200 acres. Refuge includes 16 miles of over-sand vehicle and walking trails and beach front. Gray and harbor seals feed in the Great Point riptide. Facilities include public restrooms between the Wauwinet Gatehouse and Great Point Lighthouse and at the lighthouse. Both are open May 1 to October 31. Bike rack at the Wauwinet Gatehouse. Seasonal tours of the Great Point Lighthouse and the natural wonders of the refuge. Hours: Year-round, daily, 24 hours (10 p.m.-5 a.m. - fishing access only). Cost: Free to all pedestrians and boaters.

Off Route 127A (Thatcher Road) to Long Beach Road Gloucester and Rockport, MA Phone:

Beach is long, flat and sandy with a easterly view that includes the two lighthouses on Thatcher's Island. Beach crosses the border of Gloucester and Rockport. From Gloucester, go past Good Harbor Beach to the fork at Rockport Road. Near here are some small private paid parking lots a short walk near the beach. There is no public parking on the Gloucester end. From Rockport, take Route 127A to Seaview Street and the parking lot there. Rockport beach sticker is required here. Beach has life guards.
Fee: Rockport parking sticker is required. Buy it at the Rockport Chamber of Commerce (Main Street) or Rockport Town Hall (Broadway). It is $25 per season.

Eel Point Road Nantucket (on the island of Nantucket), MA Phone:

This beach is three miles from town by bike on the north side of Eel Point Road off Madaket Road. Look for the boulder marked “Dionis.”  Lifeguard (in season), restrooms, and parking. Good seashell hunting. Sheltered by dunes, calm waters for swimming, safe for children. There is no food concession. Beachgoers can take NRTA shuttle bus to Eel Point Road stop and walk.

Francis Street Nantucket (on the island of Nantucket), MA, 02554 Phone:

Five-minute walk from Main Street. Calm harbor waters for swimming; no lifeguard. Jungle gym, kayak rentals, bathroom.

Bathing Beach Road Nantucket (on the island of Nantucket), MA, 02554 Phone:

Easy bike ride from town or take the NRTA shuttle bus in summer. The water is calm and warm, perfect for swimming. There are volleyball nets, tennis courts, a skateboard park, and a playground. Windsurfing, sailboat, and kayak lessons and rentals available. Beach accessible wheelchairs are available. Parking is available.
Lifeguards, changing rooms, restrooms, showers, public phones, restaurant and take-out food service (in season). Concession and restrooms are handicap accessible; boardwalk to the beach. Swimming lessons for children age 6 and up offered by the Parks and Recreation Commission; call for dates and times.

Madaket Road Nantucket (on Nantucket), MA Phone:

As far west as you can go on Martha's Vineyard, Madaket is a popular beach, especially for watching sunsets. Madaket Beach is accessible by bike via a 5.5 mile paved bike path, or take the NRTA shuttle bus (seasonal). Heavy surf, lifeguard, restrooms. Famous for its incredible sunsets.The western most tip of the beach is accessible only by four-wheel drive vehicle. Smith's Point is at the very end of Madakat and reachable only by four-wheel drive vehicles, permit required. Sometimes the point is breached by waves to create Esther Island.
Beach vehicle permit fees range from $50 to $200 for the season. See Nantucket Beach Vehicle Permit Fees.

end of Berry Avenue Yarmouth, MA, 02675 Phone: 508-398-2231

Memorial Day to Labor Day; wheelchair accessible

This is a small beach on Lewis Bay, part of Nantucket Sound, with a marina and a jetty. Wheelchair accessible. Open 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Fees: Town beach stickers may be purchased by town residents at Town Hall. Resident sticker is $35. Non-residence may purchase beach stickers at beach booths. Cost for non-residents is $15 a day, $70 a week, $175 a year.

Standish Way Yarmouth, MA, 02675 Phone: 508-398-2231

Memorial Day to Labor Day; no concessions

Beach is located on Lewis Bay in Nantucket Sound at the end of Standish Way. Small beach with a marina, wooden bridge, small parking lot and seasonal Porta-John. Open 8 a.m.-10 p.m. It is operated by the town of Yarmouth.
Fees: Non-resident beach sticker fees are $15 for the day, $70 for the week, and $175 for the season. Seasonal beach stickers are available at the Yarmouth Town Hall, 1146 Route 28, South Yarmouth, and at the Chamber of Commerce, 424 Route 28 West Yarmouth.

Bayview Street Yarmouth, MA, 02675 Phone: 508-398-2231

Memorial Day to Labor Day; salt water; no life guards; no concessions

Beach is on Lewis Bay at the end of Bayview Street. Handicap access. Seasonal Porta-John. No lifeguards on duty. Operated by the town of Yarmouth.
Fees: Non-resident beach sticker fees are $15 for the day, $70 for the week, and $175 for the season. Seasonal beach stickers are available at the Yarmouth Town Hall, 1146 Route 28, South Yarmouth, and at the Chamber of Commerce, 424 Route 28 West Yarmouth.

Revere Beach Blvd. Revere, MA Phone: 781-289-3020

Lifeguards are on duty from late June to early September. Revere Beach boasts miles of shoreline which welcomes throngs of visitors every summer. Along the boulevard there is a bandstand for summer concerts, a bathhouse and many shade shelters. Revere Beach is very accessible by public transportation which makes it a popular spot for people from all around metro Boston. Open year round, dawn to dusk.

Ocean Street Hyannis, MA Phone: 508-790-6345

Memorial Day to Labor Day; good from families; shade picnic grove; play areas

Located on Lewis Bay, the beach area has swings and picnic tables in a shaded pine grove. Great form family picnics. Life guards, restrooms, bathhouse, snack bar, volleyball, wheelchair accessible. Parking sticker is required.
Fees: From Memorial Day to Labor Day a daily fee or a parking sticker is required. A daily fee is $15 for weekdays and $20 for weekends and holidays. Pay at the gate. Parking stickers for $50 a week are for sale at the Community Youth Center, 141 Basset Lane, Hyannis 508-790-6345 for more info.

Quincy Shore Drive Quincy, MA, 02169 Phone: 617-727-5290

Quincy Shore Drive on this Reservation runs from Wollaston Beach to Caddy Memorial Park to Moswetuset Hummock. The 2.3 mile beach is popular for swimming. Caddy Park has a play area for kids and many acres of fields and marsh, as well as picnic sites. Hummock, on the beach's northern end, is a mixture of woodland trails and open marshland. The site has views of Quincy Bay and 144-acre Squantum Marsh. The Reservation may be reached by Boston MBTA trains. Open year round, dawn to dusk. Bathhouse open July to September.

Argilla Road Ipswich, MA, 01938 Phone: 978-356-4354

The four miles of white sand of Crane Beach form one of the most picturesque swimming beaches in all of New England, and is also among the world's most important nesting sites for the threatened piping plover. Rustic elevated boardwalks protect an extensive dune habitat complex. In-season visitors will find lifeguards and rangers, bathhouses with toilets and changing areas, outside showers, picnic tables, bicycle racks, the Crane Beach Store, and water fountains. Voted "Best Beach" by Best of Boston three years in a row.

Route 88 South Westport, MA, 02790 Phone: 508-636-8816

Good for boating, fishing, swimming, and camping.

Horseneck Beach State Reservation has handicap-accessible beaches. At the western end of Buzzards Bay lies a two-mile beach area. Pets not permitted on beach. See Horseneck Beach State Reservation for full description of this park.

Beach Road, Route 1A Salisbury, MA, 01952 Phone: 508-462-4481

Fantastic, sandy ocean beach with all waterfront sports; popular for trailer camping

This very beautiful ocean beach stretches almost 4 miles along the Atlantic. People flock to this lovely place to do ocean swimming, boating, fishing, and trailer camping. The property has a large parking area for day visitors, bathhouses for swimmers and sunbathers, comfort stations, boardwalks over the dunes, a pavilion and a playground.
See full description of Salisbury Beach State Reservation.

Katama Road and Atlantic Avenue Edgartown (on the island of Martha's Vineyard), MA, 02539 Phone:

This is a stretch of three miles of barrier beach on the South Shore at the end of Katama Road. Fine surf with strong waves on one side and a sheltered salt pond on the other. Open to all. Vehicles with permits allowed on marked trails.
Dogs are allowed during the summer, only after 5 p.m. From mid-September to mid-April, dogs are allowed all day. Dogs must be leashed and people need to clean up after their pets.

Route 6 to Head of the Meadow Road Truro, MA, 02666 Phone: 508-771-2144

Third weekend of June to Labor Day; good for families and small kids

This ocean beach is secluded, very beautiful, with good surf, interesting sandbars, and wonderful views. Good beach for families with smaller children. Life guards in summer, restrooms; no snack bar. Beach managed by the town of Truro and the Cape Cod National Seashore.
Cape Cod National Seashore fees: Daily vehicle, $15; motorcycles, $5; pedestrians and bicyclists, $3; annual pass, $45. Cape Cod National Seashore map.

Nickerson State Park

Route 6A Brewster, MA, 02631 Phone: 508-896-3491

Inland park offers lots of camping; fresh water swimming, fishing and paddling; hiking and biking

This park is in the pine woods of inland Cape Cod, not on the shore. Swimming is done at fresh-water "kettle" (glacially formed) ponds. Water level varies with rainfall. It is an easy walk or bike ride to Cape Cod Bay
See full description of Nickerson State Park.

Starbuck’s Neck Road, off North Water Street Edgartown (on Martha's Vineyard), MA Phone:

A lovely spot with calm water and scenes of sailboats, the Chappy ferry, and fishing boats. Gentle waves on the outer part of the beach are safer for small children. Seldom crowded and a short walk from North Water Street. Just a short distance from downtown, offers pleasant swimming conditions and a view of the harbor and lighthouse. Take North Water Street to Starbuck's Neck.

Great Oak Road Mashpee, MA, 02649 Phone: 508-457-0495

Day-use beach with boardwalks, bathrooms, salt and fresh water bodies

South Cape Beach is a great swimming area. The property is wedged between Vineyard Sound and a saltwater bay. It has a barrier beach and dunes, a salt marsh, pine woodlands and small freshwater ponds. A white sand beach more than a mile long faces Vineyard Sound. Dune boardwalks, a small parking area and bathrooms are provided. This park is part of the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, which offers nature programs during the summer. Open: Memorial Day to Labor Day
Learn about Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.

Ridgevale Road Chatham, MA Phone: 508-945-5158

Memorial Day to Labor Day; warm & calmer waters; food and life guards

This beach on Nantucket Sound is located between and Hardings and Cockle Cove beaches. The warm, calmer waters of Nantucket Sound stay comfortable past Labor Day. Children enjoy playing in the tidal pools. Restrooms; snack bar; life guards on duty 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during the season.
Fees: Beach stickers for non-resident parking are $15 a day, $60 a week, and $125 for the season. Non-residents may purchase stickers with cash at the on-site beach booth. Resident and taxpayer stickers are $25. Residents may can purchase stickers at the booths or at the permit office at 261 George Ryder Road.

Surf Drive, off Main and Shore streets Falmouth, MA Phone: 508-548-7611

Memorial Day to Labor Day; on Vineyard Sound; lifeguards; near bike path

This beach is on Vineyard Sound and it is accessible from Shining Sea bike path. Life guards; restrooms; bathhouse; food; handicap ramp to the beach; beach wheelchairs. Managed by the town of Falmouth.
Beach parking stickers are required only for parking your car in a town beach parking lot during the summer. You do not need a sticker if you walk, cycle, take a taxi, etc. You do not need a sticker from about the second week of September through mid-June. Only Falmouth residents and visitors staying in Falmouth may buy a beach parking sticker. Falmouth beaches map
Fees: Daily parking, $15; Resident sticker, $30; non-resident sticker for season, $200; for one week, $60; for 2 weeks, $70; for three weeks, $80; for four weeks, $90; local motel or hotel stickers, $10 a day. Parking fees and stickers.

Off Long Point Road West Tisbury (on the island of Martha's Vineyard), MA Phone: 508-693-7662

At more than 600 acres, Long Point is one of the largest publicly accessible properties on Martha's Vineyard. It encompasses beach, dune, and woodland. Popular in summer, the property is also an off-season treasure, especially for birders and other nature-watchers. The property has 2.1 miles of flat trails through woods and open areas, plus beachfront. Easy walking. Hours: Mid-June to mid-September, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (gate closes at 6 p.m.). Mid-September to mid-June, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of two hours. Facilities: Public restrooms. Picnic tables. Bike rack. Small visitor center.

end of Hardings Beach Road (off of Barn Hill Road) West Chatham, MA Phone: 508-945-5180

Memorial Day to Labor Day; very large family beach; warm and calm water; life guards; bathhouse; food

Hardings Beach is the largest family beach on the Lower Cape. It faces south on Nantucket Sound and has warm and calm waters. The beach has two parking lots, three life guard stations, a bathhouse with shower, and food trucks. The beach has places to play beach bocce ball (a local variety), volleyball, or wiffle ball. A hiking trail extends behind the beach from the second parking lot. You can launch a sailboat or kayak from the beach any place outside the swimming area.
Fees: Beach stickers for non-resident parking are $15 a day, $60 a week, and $125 for the season. Non-residents may purchase stickers with cash at the on-site beach booth. Resident and taxpayer stickers are $25. Residents may can purchase stickers at the booths or at the permit office at 261 George Ryder Road.

Dunes Road Dennis, MA, 02638 Phone: 508-760-6159

Memorial Day to Labor Day; good for families and kids; boardwalk; concessions

A favorite for families, this beach on Cape Cod Bay has a long boardwalk from the parking area across the dunes to the beach below, life guards, restrooms, concessions, handicap access. Dennis beach map.
Fees: Resident beach stickers, $40 per year; non-residents: $20 weekdays and $25 weekends and holidays; $75 for a weekly; $300 for the season. Buy stickers at Dennis Town Hall, 485 Main Street. Beach stickers are required the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

Corporation Road Dennis, MA, 02638 Phone: 508-760-6159

Memorial Day to Labor Day; calm & warm Bay waters; play areas; handicap access

Located on Cape Cod Bay in the town of Dennis, this beach has warm water and calm sand, and large tidal flats at low tide. Lifeguards, a snack bar, play area, rest rooms, and handicap access. Dennis beach map
Fees: Resident beach stickers, $40 per year; non-residents: $20 weekdays and $25 weekends and holidays; $75 for a weekly; $300 for the season. Stickers required Memorial Day through labor Day. Buy stickers at Dennis Town Hall, 485 Main Street.

High Head Road, Off Route 6 Truro, MA Phone:

One of three Truro beaches that do not require parking stickers; ORVs allowed with permit

Ocean beach in the town of Truro. Off road vehicles (ORVs) are permitted on this beach. ORV permits can be obtained in Provincetown from the National Park Service at the Province Lands Visitor's Center on Race Point Road, after passing inspection. Cost for a one-week permit is $40; annual permit is $65; annual self-contained vehicle permit is $110.
Fees: Free parking

Samoset Road Eastham, MA, 02642 Phone: 508-240-5976

Third week of June to Labor Day; warm & calm water; good for families; great sunset views

First Encounter is a beautiful, calm beach with warm gentle water and a small patch of grass. The tide goes way out, and the colors at sunset are spectacular. The water temperature is in 60 to 70 degrees in summer, and the mild waves are ideal for young children. The ice cream truck comes by several times a day. There is a bathhouse, and a good size parking lot. This is a very popular spot to see the sunset. Operated by the town of Eastham. Visitors may buy a sticker or pay by the day to park at the beach. Buy stickers at 555 Old Orchard Road, Eastham, or Sunday only at the First Encounter parking lot. No lifeguards.
Fees: One weekday, $15; one weekend day, $18; one week, $65; two weeks, $100; shellfishing $25 and $65. Stickers are non-transferable and non-refundable.

Menauhant Road East Falmouth, MA, 02540 Phone: 508-548-7611

Open seasonally; on Vineyard Sound; life guards; concessions

Located on Vineyard Sound, this is the longest beach in Falmouth, and is divided into an east side and a west side by a tidal stream that connects Bourne’s Pond to Vineyard Sound. Life guards; bathhouse, mobile snack bar; porta-johns; handicap ramp; beach wheelchairs.
Beach parking stickers are required only for parking your car in a town beach parking lot during the summer. You do not need a sticker if you walk, cycle, take a taxi, etc. You do not need a sticker from about the second week of September through mid-June. Only Falmouth residents and visitors staying in Falmouth may buy a beach parking sticker.   Falmouth beaches map
Fees: Daily parking, $10; Resident sticker, $30; non-resident sticker for season, $200; for one week, $60; for 2 weeks, $70; for three weeks, $80; for four weeks, $90; local motel or hotel stickers, $10 a day. Parking fees and stickers.

Off Uncle Venie’s Road Harwich, MA Phone: 508-430-7513

Memorial Day to Labor Day; nice for families; life guards and bathrooms; no permanent food concession

On Nantucket Sound Beach, this is the largest beach in Harwich with lifeguards and bathrooms. Food is from an ice cream truck that visits often. Good beach for kayakers, sailors, and fishermen who want easy access to Monomoy Island and its refuge.
Directions: Several roads from Route 28 reach Red River Beach. Uncle Venie's Lane is the best choice. Do not take Red River Road (it is a dead end and does not reach the beach).
Fees: Parking pass is required between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Non-resident parking is $15 a day; $20 a day weekends; one week, $65; two weeks; $125. You may buy a pass at the beach. Resident parking is $25 a day or $140 for the season. Buy stickers at Harwich Community Center, 100 Oak Street.

Sea Street Hyannis, MA, 02601 Phone: 508-790-9886

Open Memorial Day to Labor Day; on Hyannis Harbor; food concessions; life guards; nice of families

This beach is right on Hyannis Harbor and within a town park. Great view of the harbor, picnic tables, grills. Also, a food concession, showers, and bathrooms are available. Life guards on duty until Labor Day.
Fees: Resident parking fee is $30. Non-resident parking fee is $15 weekdays and $20 weekends and holidays. Weekly parking fee is $50. Seasonal parking is $200. Buy stickers at the beach or at Community Youth Center, 141 Basset Lane.

Skaket Beach Road Orleans, MA Phone: 508-240-3711

Mid-June through Labor Day; Bay beach has calmer, warmer water; lots of tidal flats at low tide

Popular beach on Cape Cod Bay offering the bay’s calm, warmer waters. Expansive tidal flats at low tide expose pools of sea creatures. Westward direction of the beach offers wonderful sunset views. Life guards, restrooms, food, wheelchair accessible.
Fees: Parking is free for town residents with a permit. For non-residents, daily parking fee in $15 and can be purchased at the beach from mid-June to Labor Day. Non-resident stickers for visitors staying in Orleans are $60 a week, $110 for two weeks, and $125 for the season. Stickers may be purchased at the Nauset Beach Administration Building.

Onset Avenue Wareham, MA Phone:

Sandy beach on Buzzards Bay; concessions and life guards

Onset Beach, on the warm and sheltered water of Buzzard's Bay, is smooth and sandy. Prepare to share the beach with lots of other people, because it is a popular one. There is a bandstand for summer events. Lifeguard, food concession, bathrooms, charge for parking.

Off Commercial Street Provincetown, MA Phone: 508-487-7097

Year-round use; adjacent to the town's waterfront main street

Town beaches run the full length of the Provincetown's waterfront. This beach, parallel to Commercial Street, the main thoroughfare, is a few steps away from the heart of downtown. Park at the public lot at MacMillan Wharf. The West End Beach is most popular for swimming.

Off Wood Avenue Sandwich, MA Phone: 508-888-4361

Mid-June to Labor Day; beautiful, long boardwalk over marshes and dunes

This town-operated beach on Cape Cod Bay has a wonderful long boardwalk over marshes, a creek, and dunes to the beach. Great vistas of the bay and marine life. No lifeguards; no restrooms. Parking sticker required.
Fees: Resident beach sticker, $35 and $20; non-resident beach sticker for the season, $105; for the week, $50; for a day, $15. Beach stickers can be purchased at the Tax Collector's Office, Town Hall Annex, 145 Main Street, Sandwich

Corn Hill Road (from Castle Road) Truro, MA, 02666 Phone: 508-487-1632

Open third weekend of June to Labor Day; open to public; daily parking fee, no sticker required

Located on Cape Cod Bay and in the town of Truro, this beach has wonderful sand and swimming in the calmer bay waters and a beautiful view of Provincetown across the water. Good, calm water for smaller children. People enjoy watching boats travel in and out of Pamet Harbor. Restrooms; life guards; snack bar. Open to the general public.
Fees: Town of Truro parking sticker is not required; daily parking fee is $15.

Ballston Beach

Route 6 to South Pamet Road Truro, MA, 02666 Phone: 508-487-6983

Open third weekend of June to Labor Day; town residents only before 4 p.m.; parking sticker required

Ocean beach with heavy surf and occasional dangerous undertow. No lifeguards; no snack bar. Parking before 4 p.m. is only for town residents and guests staying in Truro (parking sticker required). All others must bicycle in. Open to everyone after 4 p.m. In-town guests may purchase stickers at the town Beach Office, 36 Shore Road, North Truro, daily, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (508-349-7004).
Fees: Resident or taxpayer, $15; seasonal, $175; weekly, $40; daily, (only at Head of Meadow or Corn Hill), $10; ORV resident, $10; ORV non-resident, $30.

Kendrick Avenue Wellfleet, MA, 02667 Phone: 508-349-9818

Mid-June to Labor Day; parking is free at small lot; no bathrooms or concessions on site

The water is calm and warm and the beach is bordered by beach grass. Great views of a rock jetty, harbor traffic, and Great Island. A playground is across the street. Parking is free but the lot is small; a large lot is located nearby at the town pier. Bathrooms are at Baker's Field, also nearby. No food concession. No life guard.
Fees: Parking is free.

South Shore Drive Yarmouth, MA, 02664 Phone: 508-398-2231

Memorial Day to Labor Day; wheelchair accessible; concessions; playing fields

This salt-water beach on Nantucket Sound features a picnic area, a food concession, three volleyball courts, a fishing pier, and a boat ramp. Many local people call this beach Smuggler’s Beach. Beach is clean and sandy with comfortable water temperatures. Life guards; restrooms; beach wheelchair available. Open 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Fees: Non-resident beach sticker fees are $15 for the day, $70 for the week, and $175 for the season. Seasonal beach stickers are available at the Yarmouth Town Hall, 1146 Route 28, South Yarmouth, and at the Chamber of Commerce, 424 Route 28 West Yarmouth .

Off Center Street Yarmouth, MA, 02675 Phone: 508-398-2231

Memorial Day to Labor Day; calm water; good for kids; salt water swimming in the Bay

This beach on Cape Cod Bay, operated by the town of Yarmouth, offers a picnic area with grills and a playground, pavilion, lifeguards, restrooms. Water is very calm; good for young children. Beach adjoins the Callery-Darling Conservation Area, which offers trails through wetlands, woods, and a boardwalk over a salt marsh.
Fees: Town beach stickers may be purchased by town residents Town Hall. Resident sticker is $35. Non-residence may purchase beach stickers at beach booths. Cost for non-residents is $175 a year, $15 a day, and $70 a week.

Scusset Beach Road Sandwich, MA, 02563 Phone: 508-888-0859

Best for trailer camping; salt water fishing; bicycling along Cape Cod Canal

At the east end of the Cape Cod Canal, Scusset Beach State Reservation is popular for swimming and trailer camping. There is a two-mile frontage along the canal as well as a picnic area. People enjoy watching the variety of boat traffic up and down the canal. See full description of Scusset Beach State Reservation.

Off Moshup Trail Aquinnah (on the island of Martha's Vineyard), MA, 02535 Phone:

Surf beach off Moshup Trail. The beach is approximately a ten-minute walk from the parking lot on a cleared trail. There is a $15 parking fee in summer. Climbing on cliffs is not allowed.

Off Route 28A and Quaker Road North Falmouth, MA, 02556 Phone: 508-548-7611

Memorial Day to Labor Day; on Buzzards Bay; warm water; life guards; beach wheelchair

This beach on Buzzard’s Bay has water is warm and pleasant for swimming. A creek divides the beach; one side is the public beach and the other side is reserved for town residents. Life guards; restrooms; bathhouse; food; handicap ramp to the beach; beach wheelchair.
Beach parking stickers are required only for parking your car in a town beach parking lot in summer. You do not need a sticker if you walk, cycle, take a taxi, etc., to the beach/ You do not need a sticker from the second week of September through mid-June. Only Falmouth residents and visitors staying in Falmouth may buy a beach parking sticker. Falmouth beaches map
Fees: Daily parking, $20; resident sticker, $30; non-resident sticker for season, $200; for one week, $60; for 2 weeks, $70; for three weeks, $80; for four weeks, $90; local motel or hotel stickers, $10 a day. Parking fees and stickers.

Fuller Street Beach

End of Fuller Street near Lighthouse Beach Edgartown (on the island of Martha's vineyard), MA Phone:

At the end of Fuller Street near Lighthouse Beach. Open to all.

Route 127 (Western Avenue) to Hough Avenue Gloucester, MA Phone:

This is a large, friendly park with walking paths, ball fields, bathrooms, and room for picnics. The park has two beaches.
Half Moon Beach is a small quiet beach with good swimming waters. Lots of boat traffic to atch. Life guards on duty daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Bathrooms and picnicking areas are nearby. Parking costs $10 on weekdays and $15 on weekends and holidays. The beach is handicapped accessible with a concrete ramp to the sand. Cressy's Beach is sand and rocks and less crowded by Half Moon. Less good than Half Moon Beach for swimming and better for solitude, reading, and walking.
Fees: Parking costs $10 on weekdays and $15 on weekends and holidays. Stickers for the season also my be purchased from the town of Gloucester.

end of Katama Road Edgartown (on Martha's Vineyard), MA Phone: 508-627-7689

This 2.5-mile-long strip of sand and dunes linked Martha's Vineyard and the island of Chappaquiddick until 2007, when a storm breached in the barrier beach. This beach provides opportunities for shellfishing, swimming, bird watching, and picnicking. In the autumn, the sandflats are used by migrating shorebirds. There are 1.8 miles of oversand-vehicle trails and 4.5 miles of walking trails and sandy roads in the upland area.
Due to strong currents and riptides, swimming at Norton Point Beach can be hazardous. Use caution at all times. The breach can be particularly dangerous. Stay at least 10 feet away from the edge of the breach and obey all posted signs.
Open year-round, daily. Dogs must be kept on a leash. Free access for pedestrians.

Town wharf and Steamship Authority dock Oak Bluffs (on Martha's Vineyard), MA Phone:

Calm, shallow water. The beach begins near the Steamship Authority dock and terminates at the first jetty heading toward Edgartown, at the end of the breakwater, marked by a fence. The beach continues again about one mile southeast of the small inlet flowing into Sengekontacket Pond, and ends at Joseph Sylvia State Beach. Open to all.

Wasque Road Edgartown (Chappaquiddick Island, near the island of Martha's Vineyard), MA, 02539 Phone: 508-627-7689

One-half mile of over-sand vehicle trails and 4.5 miles of walking trails and sandy roads in upland area. Bird watchers can observe many species, including ospreys. Facilities include public restrooms, picnic tables, bike rack, soda machine at Wasque Gatehouse. Fresh water by hand pump in the parking area. Limited handicapped-accessible transportation; call 508-627-3255 for details. Natural history tours are offered by expert guides.
The almost 1,000 acres of preserved land here – encompassing Wasque, Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge and Norton Point Beach – offer plenty of places to explore on one’s own, or with family and friends, year-round.

Eastville Beach

Beach Road Vineyard Haven (on the island of Martha's Vineyard), MA, 02568 Phone:

At the bridge between Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven is this small beach area, just about a half-mile outside of Oak Bluffs downtown area. It's good for swimming or fishing.

End of Miacomet Road, South Shore Nantucket (on Nantucket), MA Phone:

At the end of Miacomet Road. Surf and rip currents can be dangerous. Parking. No facilities or food service. Families with very young children may prefer the fresh-water Miacomet Pond. At the pond there is parking; no lifeguard, no facilities. Watch out for snapping turtles.

Chappy Point Beach

Chappaquiddick Road Chappaquiddick (adjacent to the island of Martha's Vineyard), MA, 02539 Phone:

Just across the harbor from Edgartown is a small beach with 705 feet of sand and splendid views of the harbor on Chappaquiddick. There are two beaches; one faces the inner harbor, the other looks out toward the outer harbor and Nantucket Sound. Both offer small lapping waves. Not suitable for swimming due to harbor traffic. Take the Chappaquiddick ferry to gain access to the beach.

119 Beach Street Manchester-By-The-Sea, MA Phone: 978-526-2019

Singing Beach is about one-half mile wide. It has a bathhouse and parking for 120 vehicles. Open from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Gay Head Public Beach (also called Moshup Beach or Aquinnah Beach)

off Moshup Trail Aquinnah (on the island of Martha's Vineyard), MA Phone:

See entry on this page for Aquinnah Beach

Joseph Sylvia State Beach (also called Bend in the Road Beach)

Seaview Avenue Edgartown (on Martha's Vineyard), MA Phone: 508-627-6145

Two miles of mild beach along Beach Road between Oak Bluffs and Edgartown. Gentle waves and sandy bottom. Popular with families and young children. The Edgartown end of this beach is known as Bend-in-the-Road Beach. Lifeguards in season.

Squibnocket Road Martha's Vineyard, MA Phone:

Squibnocket faces the Atlantic and is known for heavy surf. In fact, it may have the most consistently powerful surf of all the Martha's Vineyard beaches. A well-established local surf spot, the beach if fairly rocky. A Town of Chilmark residential permit is required here for beach access during the summer season. No public parking is available. Directions: Located in Chlmark, Squibnocket is accessible via seasonal shuttle bus service.

Lake Tashmoo Town Beach (Herring Creek Beach)

End of Herring Creek Road Vineyard Haven (on Martha's Vineyard), MA Phone:

You won't have to battle the crowds at this small sandy beach (just 2.5 acres), overlooking the Vineyard Sound. Take Franklin Street to Daggett Avenue and turn left. Follow the road to the end of Herring Creek Road.

Lobsterville Road Aquinnah (on the island of Martha's Vineyard), MA Phone:

A calm north shore beach with good shells and sea glass. Includes a seagull nesting area, and is a favorite fishing spot. Pleasant and protected. Open to all, but parking is very limited.

Off Lighthouse Inn Road West Dennis, MA, 02670 Phone: 508-760-6159

Memorial Day to Labor Day; good for families; lighthouse nearby; volleyball

Located on Nantucket Sound east of the Bass River, this beach is great for families and all manner of beach activities from body surfing to volleyball. The Bass River Lighthouse is located nearby. The eastern end of the beach is for town residents only; the west end is for the public. Life guards, restrooms, paid parking, snack bar, showers, wheelchair accessible. Dennis beach map.
Fees: Resident beach stickers, $40 per year; non-residents: $20 weekdays and $25 weekends and holidays; $75 for a weekly; $300 for the season. Buy stickers at Dennis Town Hall, 485 Main Street. Beach stickers are required the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

Islands in Boston Harbor, and easy ferry ride from downtown. Swimming, hiking, picnicking. A fun day trip

Swim on Spectacle and Lovell Islands within the Boston Harbor Island area. The sandy beach on Spectacle Island is lifeguard-supervised during the summer months. The side of Lovell Island that faces the big blue Atlantic is without a lifeguard, but offers majestic views of waters that hide some large old shipwrecks. Find a ferry to the islands.
See Boston Harbor Islands for full description of this park.

Next to Dutcher’s Dock, Menemsha Harbor Chilmark (on Martha's Vineyard), MA Phone:

Has a nice sandy beach on the North side of Martha's Vineyard. There is limited public parking, and public restrooms with showers. There is gas and fuel available for both car and marine use. The harbormaster's office, a small market, shops, a couple of fishmarkets, fishing shacks, thriving fishing charters, restaurants, deli and transient boat docking make Menemsha a popular summer destination.

Beach Road Edgartown (on the island of Martha's Vineyard), MA Phone:

Here you’ll find two miles of calm beach along Beach Road between Oak Bluffs and Edgartown. This is a very popular beach, so parking can be tough. There are lifeguards at the beach in season (from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend). This is an excellent beach for families. Accessible by bicycle path. Open to all. Dogs are permitted onthe beach from October 1 to March 31. Learn more.

South Shore Drive Yarmouth, MA, 02675 Phone: 508-398-2231

Memorial Day to Labor Day; salt water swimming; parking fees

This beach, on Nantucket Sound, is the town of Yarmouth’s largest beach. Large parking area, dunes, snack bar; beach wheelchair; deck onto the beach. Showers and food concession. Lifeguards on duty 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Fees: Town beach stickers may be purchased by town residents Town Hall. Resident sticker is $35. Non-residence may purchase beach stickers at beach booths. Cost for non-residents is $175 a year, $15 a day, and $70 a week.

Race Point Road Provincetown, MA Phone:

Beach of the Cape Cod National Seashore; rough waves and strong undertow; magnificent views

Race Point Beach, one of the Cape Cod National Seashore beaches in Provincetown, is at the very tip of Cape Cod. Vistas around the point and of the Coast Guard station are magnificent. The ocean waves here can be big and rough, with a strong undertow. Weaker swimmers should stay in the shallow areas. Surfing allowed past protected area. Northern locations makes it great for sunbathing -- with nearly full sun all day. There are dunes behind the beach and easy access to bike trails. Province Lands Bike Trail leads to nearby Herring Cove Beach. Handicap parking. Cape Cod National Seashore map.
Fees: Residents, beach sticker is $45; residents over age 62, $10; non-residents, seasonal parking sticker, purchased through Cape Cod National Seashore, is $45. Daily parking fee is $15 ($3 for bikes).

South Shore Drive Yarmouth, MA, 02675 Phone: 508-398-2231

Memorial Day to Labor Day; salt water swimming; parking fee

This beach, on Nantucket Sound, has a saltwater beach, picnic area, concrete walk on a seawall, seasonal Porta-John. Open 8 a.m.-10 p.m. No life guards on duty.
Fees: Town beach stickers may be purchased by town residents Town Hall. Resident sticker is $35. Non-residence may purchase beach stickers at beach booths. Cost for non-residents is $175 a year, $15 a day, and $70 a week.

South Shore Drive Yarmouth, MA, 02675 Phone: 508-398-2231

Memorial Day to Labor Day, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; beach wheelchair available; parking fee

This beach, on Nantucket Sound, has a large parking lot and a playground. Life guards; bath house with restrooms and showers; food concession, pavilion, beach wheelchair available. Operated by the town of Yarmouth.
Fees: Town beach stickers may be purchased by town residents at Town Hall. Resident sticker is $35. Non-residence may purchase beach stickers at beach booths. Cost for non-residents is $15 a day,$70 a week; $175 a year.

Ocean View Drive Wellfleet, MA Phone:

Ocean beach; water is cooler and rough; surfing allowed outside swim areas; hang gliding

This beach, operated by the town of Wellfleet, is on the ocean side of Cape Cod, meaning that the water will be colder and rougher than on the Cape Cod Bay side. Ocean beaches offer opportunities for body and board surfing, boogie boards, and swimming. Surfing is permitted at town beaches outside of swimming areas. Hang gliders are restricted to White Crest Beach, and are allowed only before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m.

Fees: Parking costs $20 a day per vehicle. Parking along Ocean View Drive is prohibited and subject to fine and towing. Parking

Emmons Road, off Shore Road Bourne, MA Phone: 508-759-0621 Ext - 30

June-September. Big beach; parking stickers sold only to people with at least 30-day temporary residency; all others must walk or bike to the beach

This beach is on a secluded inlet of Buzzard’s Bay, and it looks out on the Bourne entrance to the Cape Cod Canal. Large beach with lots of room; volleyball space; bathrooms; concessions; life guards. Salt water is calm. Lots of passing boat traffic to watch. Plenty of parking.
Fees: Must have a sticker to park and stickers are sold only to people who can show proof of a 30-day temporary residency in Bourne. (All others may bicycle or walk to the beach.) Stickers are $40 a week and $60 for two weeks. You can buy a sticker at the Natural Resources Office, Town Hall, 24 Perry Ave., Buzzards Bay.

Craigville Beach Road Barnstable, MA Phone: 508-790-6345

Memorial Day to Labor Day; big sandy beach; lots of parking; favorite of teenagers; good for families

This beach, located on Nantucket Sound in the Town of Barnstable, is one of the most popular on Cape Cod. It is a favorite with teenagers and people of college age, but fine for all ages and groups. Big beach with lots of open sandy area. Great for sunbathing and swimming, and a favorite hangout of teens and college-age people. Life guards; bathrooms and showers; wheelchair accessible. Lots of parking.
Fees: Daily parking fees for non-residents are $15 on weekdays and $20 on weekends and holidays. Season parking sticker is $200. Available at Hyannis Youth & Community Center, 141 Bassett Lane, Hyannis.

Breakwater Road off Route 6A Brewster, MA, 02531 Phone: 508-896-4511

Calm and warm water; tidal flats and pools; no life guards; good for little kids & families

This beach, on Cape Cod Bay, is popular with families and children because of its mild water temperature, calm water, luscious sand, gentle dunes, and tidal flats with fun tidal pools. No life guards; portable toilets.
Fees: Resident parking fee: $20 beach sticker; seasonal parking fee, $150 beach sticker; daily parking fee, $15; weekly parking fee, $50

Cahoon Hollow Road near Ocean View Drive Wellfleet, MA Phone: 508-349-9818

Mid-June to Labor Day. Ocean beach with high dunes, big waves, big wind, chilly water. Must walk down steep dune to reach the beach. Popular beach bar nearby.

The ocean beach is loved for its high dunes, beach grass, and silky sand. Windy, cool water, big waves. Life guards, restrooms, snack bar. There is a popular beachside restaurant, The Beachcomber, adjacent to this beach. You have to walk down a very steep dune to get to the beach below. May be difficult for oldest and youngest visitors.
Fees: Resident parking: $25 beach sticker; seasonal parking: $250 beach sticker; daily parking, $20 or $50 for three days; weekly parking, $85 (one week), $160 (two weeks). Buy stickers at 255 Commercial Street, Wellfleet. This beach also has a small parking lot behind the Beachcomber restaurant which is owned and operated by the restaurant but open for use by beach goers. Daily fee is $20; the small lot fills up early.

End of Route 6 Provincetown, MA, 02657 Phone: 508-771-2144

Mid-April to November; part of Cape Cod National Seashore; great views

Part of the Province Lands of the Cape Cod National Seashore. One mile from Provincetown. This portion of the Cape is building as a result of movement of sand from the glacial scarps to the south. The shoreline here drops off dramatically, allowing whales (and vessels) to come close inshore. Beautiful sand, gentle surf, fantastic sunsets. Life guards on duty; restrooms in season (not in winter); food; wheelchair accessible. Bonfires are allowed with a permit from the national seashore. Traditionally the right end of the beach is considered more family oriented, while the left end is more gay-friendly. Cape Cod National Seashore map.
Fees:Residents, beach sticker is $45; residents over age 62, $10; non-residents, seasonal parking sticker, purchased through Cape Cod National Seashore, is $45. Daily parking fee is $15 ($3 for bikes).

Open: Parking lots are open daily, year-round, 6 a.m.-midnight. Life guards are at swimming beaches from late June through August.

Cape Cod National Seashore manages six ocean beaches in the following towns: Eastham (Coast Guard and Nauset Light beaches), Wellfleet (Marconi Beach), Truro (Head of the Meadow Beach) and Provincetown (Race Point and Herring Cove beaches). All seashore beaches include showers, paved parking, rest rooms, changing rooms, drinking water, water quality testing, and lifeguards (late June through Labor Day). Two beaches, Coast Guard in Eastham and Herring Cove in Provincetown, are handicapped accessible and have wheelchairs capable of traveling over sand.

Fees: Daily vehicle, $15; season pass, $45; senior pass (age 62 or older), $10. Fees are collected daily from late June through Labor Day at all six seashore beaches, and on weekends and holidays from Memorial Day to late June, and after Labor Day through Columbus Day at Herring Cove, Race Point, Nauset Light and Coast Guard beaches. Cape Cod National Seashore map.

Chapin Beach Road Dennis, MA, 02660 Phone: 508-760-6159

Memorial Day-Labor Day; wide tidal flats at low tide on the Bay; 4-wheel drive vehicles allowed

This beach on Cape Cod Bay is loved for its easy walking on the wide tidal flats at low tide. Four-wheel vehicles allowed; there is access to fishing at Bass Hole. No life guard; restrooms; four-wheel drive trail. Dennis beach map.
Fees: Resident beach stickers, $40 per year; non-residents: $20 weekdays and $25 weekends and holidays; $75 for a weekly; $300 for the season. Stickers required Memorial Day through labor Day. Buy stickers at Dennis Town Hall, 485 Main Street.

Shore Road Chatham, MA Phone: 508-945-5100

Close to downtown; lighthouse; limited parking

This Atlantic Ocean beach has cool waters and tricky currents and a historic lighthouse. Huge stretch of sand with beautiful views of the horizon and seal activity. It is best to walk to the beach from town (only a short distance), or to ride bicycles or take a shuttle bus from town. No bathrooms, lifeguards or food service.
Chatham Lighthouse Beach is occasionally open to tourists during the summer months. Admission is free. The strength of the current at Lighthouse Beach is significant. Please read and obey “no swimming” signs. Lighthouse Beach is not guarded by lifeguards. Flagpoles at the top of the stairs on the beach warn the public of dangerous conditions. The red flag means swimming is prohibited
To park along the Bridge Street road shoulder, nonresidents and non-taxpayers of Chatham must purchase a Chatham Beach pass and display on their vehicle. Parking passes are required July 1 through Labor Day from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. This requirement does NOT include parking at the Lighthouse overlook which is still available to all vehicles for short term parking only.

Doane Road near Ocean View Drive Eastham, MA, 02642 Phone: 508-771-2144

Open Memorial Day to Labor Day; parking fee; wheelchair access

Coast Guard Beach is a prime swimming beach during the summer. Other features include the Great Beach, a sandy strand to observe coastal beach processes; Nauset Marsh, behind the former Coast Guard Station, where shore birds are easy to watch; and Nauset Spit, a barrier beach system and place to see shorebirds and seals. There are seasonal restrooms and a wheelchair-accessible ramp way to the beach. Cape Cod National Seashore map.
From mid-June to Labor Day, the parking area at this beach is closed to everyone but park staff and disabled visitors. Access is provided by shuttle bus from the Little Creek parking area (across from the Doane Area). In other times of the year, parking is limited. For more information, see entry on this page for Cape Cod National Seashore beaches.
Cape Cod National Seashore fees: Daily vehicle, $15; motorcycles, $5; pedestrians and bicyclists, $3; annual pass, $45.

Off Cockle Cove Road Chatham, MA, 02633 Phone: 508-945-5158

Open: Memorial Day to Labor Day

Cockle Cove is situated between Ridgevale and Forest Street beach on the warm, calm waters of Nantucket Sound. Like its neighboring beaches this is a favorite for those with small children and makes a great launch for windsurfers and kayakers. The beach parking lot lies at the end of Cockle Cove Road in South Chatham. Lifeguards are on duty June 21 to September 1 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There is a portable restroom.
Fees: Beach stickers for non-resident parking are $15 a day, $60 a week, and $125 for the season. Non-residents may purchase stickers with cash at the on-site beach booth. Resident and taxpayer stickers are $25. Residents may can purchase stickers at the booths or at the permit office at 261 George Ryder Road.

William J. Day Blvd. South Boston, MA Phone: 617-727-5114

This sandy beach, maintained by the state Department of Conservation and Recreation, is one of the best swimming beaches in the area, with nearby public amenities and great views of the harbor. New sand, new walkways, benches, lighting, shade shelters and award winning landscaping have helped to make Carson Beach a popular destination. "Mother's Rest" and its fishing pier have also been rehabilitated, making for a beautiful picnic area with a fantastic view of the Harbor. Life guards. To reach the beach on the subway take the Red Line to JFK/UMass. Or use the bus on routes 5, 8, 11, 16, or 41. Parking available.

Sandy Neck Beach

Sandy Neck Road West Barnstable, MA Phone: 508-362-8300

Memorial Day to Labor Day; pristine beach with tidal flats and sand bars; beach wheelchair; concessions

Part of a six-mile-long barrier beach on Cape Cod Bay, this area, managed by the town of Barnstable, is undeveloped and pristine. Exposed flats and sand bars at low tide delight children; untouched dunes; bird watching; kayaking; hiking on nature trails. Off-road vehicles are allowed with a permit costing $140 a season. Life guards, restrooms, food concession, wheelchair access, and beach wheelchair. large parking lot.
Fees: Daily, $15; weekly, $50; season, $200. Daily permit may be purchased at the beach; weekly and seasonal permits must be purchased at the National Guard Armory, 225 South Street, Hyannis.

Beach Road Orleans, MA, 02653 Phone: 508-240-3711

Mid-June through Labor Day. Ocean beach with big waves, chilly waters; large sand dunes. Food concession.

This broad ocean beach has massive sand dunes, big ocean waves, and chilly water. It is operated by the town of Orleans; don’t confuse it with the nearby Nauset Light Beach of the Cape Cod National Seashore (parking fees and services differ). Off-road vehicles are allowed; permits must be obtained through the town of Orleans. Life guards; restrooms; food concession.
Fees: Parking is free for Orleans residents with a permit. For non-residents, daily parking fee in $15 and can be purchased at the beach from mid-June to labor Day. Non-resident stickers for visitors staying in Orleans are $60 a week, $110 for two weeks, and $125 for the season. Stickers may be purchased at the Nauset Beach Administration Building.

East Shore Nantucket (on Nantucket), MA Phone:

Scionset, on the eastern shore of the island, is a beautiful beach (especially for early risers who catch the sunrise). It often has rougher waves because it faces out into the open Atlantic. Lifeguards watch over the beach; this are not food concessions or restrooms. Bus service to the beach in summer.
Beach vehicle permit fees range from $50 to $200 for the season. See Nantucket Beach Vehicle Permit Fees.

Surfside Road Nantucket, MA, 02554 Phone:

Surfside is one of the most popular beaches for families and children, but note that the surf can get heavy at times. People often picnic, fly kites, build sandcastles, and surf cast for fish on this beach. Surfcasting is allowed after 5 p.m. Amenities include lifeguards, restrooms, showers, a food shack, equipment rentals, parking. Beach is accessible for people with disabilities.
The beach can be reached via a two-mile ride on paved bike path or by the NRTA Shuttle in summer only. Kite flying west of Surfside Beach is acceptable; for safety reasons, please do not fly kites east of Surfside toward the airport.
Beach vehicle permit fees range from $50 to $200 for the season. See Nantucket Beach Vehicle Permit Fees.