Provincetown 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.
Truro's treasures include ten beautiful beaches
Four of them are located on the "ocean side" (Head of the Meadow, Coast Guard, Longnook and Ballston), and six are located on the "bay side" (Noon's Landing, Cold Storage, Great Hollow, Corn Hill, Fisher, and Ryder). Many of the Truro beaches require a Truro beach sticker between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm from the third Saturday in June through Labor Day. Two beaches (Corn Hill Beach and Head of the Meadow Beach) are open to the public for a small fee.
Noons Landing Beach
Noons Landing Beach is located on Shore Road (Route 6A) in North Truro-where Truro meets Provincetown. A pretty beach located on the bay w/great views of Provincetown. This small sandy beach has very limited parking and requires a Truro beach sticker.
Cold Storage Beach
Cold Storage Beach (Pond Village), located at the end of Pond Road, is known for its sandbars. If you have young children, visit the beach at low tide and take advantage of the sandbars. The calm and warm waters along with great sandbars make this a favorite family beach. This beach offers a great view of Cape Cod Bay. A Truro beach sticker is required.
Great Hollow Beach
Great Hollow Beach is located at the end of Great Hollow Road. This beautiful bay beach is known for being one of the best places on Cape Cod to view the sunset. Head over to Cape Colony Inn's Main Desk to get the time for sunset, grab your camera, and hit the beach about 15 minutes before the sunset. You'll get some great photos of the sunset along with a distant view of the Pilgrim Monument. There's a long staircase that you have to climb to get to the beach, but it's well worth the climb. This beach requires a Truro beach sticker. Head down from Cape Colony Inn after 4 pm when no sticker is required-bring a cooler, beach blanket and enjoy the sunset!
Corn Hill Beach
If you want to spend the day at a beautiful bay beach with distant views of Provincetown, Corn Hill Beach is the place to go. This historic location is where the Pilgrims found a stash of corn that was buried by the Wampanoag Indians. This beach located on Corn Hill Road and north of Pamet Harbor is an amazing beach that offers warm and calm waters (great for kids and seniors) as well as plentiful parking. If you are handicapped, this is the beach for you. Beach wheel chairs are available for the boardwalk that takes you to the beach. This family friendly, easy access beach with a great view of the bay and Provincetown in the distance requires a Truro beach, but is also a public beach. $15 Parking Fee.
Quieter than most of Truro's beaches, this beautiful bay beach, is definitely a favorite of many beachgoers. If you decide to visit Fisher Beach, plan on arriving early since very limited parking is available. This beach requires a Truro beach sticker.
If you want to get away from the beach crowds, Ryder Beach is the beach for you. Located at the end of Ryder Beach Road, this quaint bay beach with low dunes offers more privacy than Truro's other beaches. Limited parking. This beach requires a Truro beach sticker.
Head of the Meadow Beach
Easy to get to-drive to the very end of Head of the Meadow Road and you will arrive at one of the most beautiful ocean beaches. At the end of the road you will see two large parking lots-the one of the left is a National Seashore beach open to the public and on the right, Truro beach stickers are required. The sandbars at this beach change every year and always provide beach-goers with the best body surfing. If you have a boogie board, bring it along so you can ride the crests of Truro's waves.
Coast Guard Beach
Drive down So. Highland Road, pass Highland Light, and you will come to Coast Guard Beach. A great beach for boogie boarding! This beach requires a Truro beach sticker and has very limited parking.
Head down a long winding road (Longnook Road) and arrive at one of the prettiest ocean beaches in Truro. The only way to access this beach, however, is by walking up a short path and climbing down the dunes to the beach. If you are not mobile or have very young children, this may not be the beach for you. This beach requires a Truro beach sticker.
Ballston Beach is located at the end of South Pamet Road. The waves and sandbars at this ocean beach make it a great place for surfing. If you don't have a surfboard, pick up a boogie board. You can boogie board just about any time of the day, but the best time is about an hour before low tide. Check out the tide chart at Cape Colony Inn, grab your board and head over to catch some of Truro's great waves. If you are an early riser, Ballston Beach is one of the best places to see the sunrise! This beach requires a Truro beach sticker.
High Head Beach
If you are a hiker, you will love heading over to High Head Beach! From Cape Colony Inn, head South on Route 6. Just past the Outer Reach Resort (on the left), you will see a sign marked High Head Road. Take a left onto the gravel road and when you come to a fork in the road, don't go up the hill. Stay to the left. You will see a small parking area with a portable restroom. Walk down the sandy road (closer to the parking area) for about 15 minutes. You will soon come to a beautiful beach with breathtaking views. The only way to get to the beach is by climbing down a steep sandy dune, but it will be well worth it. During the summer months there are hundreds of seals on the sandbars-a view you will never forget. A Truro beach sticker is required at this beach and parking is very limited.
The Wonders of Wellfleet
The Wonders of Wellfleet include White Crest, Cahoon Hollow, Lecount Hollow, Long Pond, Newcomb Hollow, Indian Neck, Marconi and Mayo Beaches. Wellfleet beach permits or a daily fee are required for beaches from the third weekend in June through Labor Day. Stickers can be purchased at the beach office located at the town pier.
Marconi Beach, located off Route 6 n Marconi Beach Road, is part of the Cape Cod National Seashore. A great beach for not only sunbathing but surfcasting as well—if you are lucky, you'll catch a blue or striped bass. You can access this beach by the steep and long staircase that leads down to the beach. The sunsets at Marconi Beach are stunning! Marconi Beach is a National Seashore Beach and open to the public.
Mayo Beach is probably the most kid-friendly beach in Wellfleet. The water is warm and shallow and the kids will enjoy collecting shells and critters along the shoreline. Directly across the street from the beach, there's a super playground the kids will love. The views from the beach are beautiful--lots of boats coming in and out of the harbor. If you want something to eat, you are steps away from a few great restaurants and ice cream shop. No stickers required at this beach.
White Crest Beach
White Crest Beach, located on Ocean View Drive, is definitely a favorite for many of the local surfers. The strong waves along with the good wind and swell directions attract surfers of all levels of experience. So stop by one of the local surf shops and rent a board before heading to this beach. Wellfleet has a great surf shop that offers surf lessons. To get to the beach, you will have to walk down steep dunes, but once you have made the walk, you will be at one of the nicest beaches in Wellfleet. The beach does have two parking lots, but they fill up fast so plan to arrive at the beach early to get a spot. A Wellfleet beach sticker is required.
Cahoon Hollow Beach
Beautiful views of the endless ocean can be seen from this beach. To get to this not-so-crowded beach, you so have to climb down a very steep dune. If you do have a disability or young children, you might want to consider trying one of the other beaches. Young adults frequent this beach due to the Wellfleet Beachcomber, a seaside bar and restaurant, that is located in the beach parking lot. The Beachcomber offers live music, great cocktails and fantastic food. If you park behind the Beachcomber at Cahoon Hollow Beach you can apply your parking fee towards food at the Beachcomber. Parking fee: $15/day.
Lecount Hollow Beach
Lecount Hollow Beach (Lecount Hollow Road, off of Ocean View Drive) is another Wellfleet beach that is frequented by surfers and also requires you to climb down a steep path between the dunes (about 50 feet) to reach the beach. This beach is not recommended for young children - great waves for surfing, but not for kids. A Wellfleet beach sticker is required at this beach.
Newcomb Hollow Beach
Newcomb Hollow Beach, another Wellfleet beach located off of Ocean View Drive, offers a picturesque landscape. This beach is the closest beach to Truro. Limited access to the disabled due to the steep dunes you have to climb down to get to the beach. The beach is a nighttime hotspot for fishermen. Newcomb Hollow has one of the larger beach parking lots so you can usually get a parking space. A Wellfleet beach sticker is required.