Provincetown BeachesProvincetown Beaches include Herring Cove Beach, Race Point Beach, Long Point Beach and Harbor Beach. All four are a must to visit, but Long Point can only be accessed by walking across the West End Breakwater or by taking a seasonal boat shuttle (contact Flyer's Boat Yard for fees/info).
Race Point Beach
Race Point Beach, located on Race Point Road, is one of the Cape's most beautiful National Seashore Beaches-you will be amazed at how far the beach seems to extend! Sand stretches around the point and the Old Harbor Life Saving Station, which was built in Chatham in 1897 and later moved by barge to Provincetown in 1977. During the summer months, rescue re-enactments are conducted on the grounds. The National Park Service Museum is within walking distance. Lots of soft sand, seagulls, beach grasses, sand dunes and weathered fences make this unprotected beach a must-see. While you are at the beach, you just may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a whale, dolphin, seal or boat passing by. It's a great beach for sunbathing and an ideal spot for taking long walks with beautiful sand dunes all over. If you enjoy biking, bike trails are located close to the parking area. This beach offers plenty of parking and is open to the public.
Herring Cove Beach
This National Seashore beach is a "must do" if you are visiting Cape Cod. Clear waters and clean shorelines abound this narrow, but long beach. Herring Cove Beach is one of the most amazing places to watch the sun go down over the water! And don't leave right after the sunset; you'll miss the beautiful sky changing colors when the sun goes down. If you enjoy walking the beach, there are lots of beautiful polished treasures along the shoreline to collect. Bring a pair of water shoes since the shoreline is a bit rocky. Like to fish, bring your rod! You can actually park your car close to where you plan to sit on the beach. Pack a lunch or enjoy the great food you can order at the new snack bar, which offers shaded seating. A brand-new bathhouse provides super clean restrooms, changing areas, indoor showers with hot water and outdoor rinsing stations. You can walk or bike to this beach. Lots of bike rentals are available in Provincetown-check with the staff at Cape Colony Inn or check out their brochures in the lobby. Shuttle buses are also available to Herring Cove Beach, which is open to the public.
Long Point Beach
Long Point Beach, located at the very end of Cape Cod, is a favorite of anyone who wants to get away from the crowds. You can only reach this beach by boat (boat shuttles are available-check w/Flyer's Boat Rentals), kayak (rentals available in Provincetown) or walking 1.5 miles over the breakers (wear your sneakers, bring water and make sure you check the tides). It may take you an hour, but it's well worth the walk. The views are spectacular and you just may get a distant view of a seal or whale. Bring your camera since Long Point Light, an unmanned lighthouse that was built in 1875, will be within your view!
Harbor Beach located close to town (Commercial and Ryder Streets) is a great place if you want to walk the beach. You don't really see too many people sunbathing at this beach, but there are lots of kite flying, kayaking, and other activities going on. Lots of restaurants and fast-food stands are located close by. If you want to walk your dog on the beach, dogs are allowed at this beach from 6 to 9 am during the summer months.