Cape Cod Guide 2010: Beaches

Sand is big business on Cape Cod. Nearly six million people visit the area each year, after all, and they aren’t coming for the mall. They’re here to check out some of New England’s greatest beaches. But how do you know where to find the best swath of shoreline?  

The first thing to understand is that Cape beaches tend to break down into three types: bay, sound, and ocean. Bay beaches are those that face Cape Cod Bay, and offer minimal waves and monumental tides. Sound beaches refer to those around Buzzards Bay, and the ones on the south side of the Cape between Woods Hole and Chatham; there, you’ll find gentle surf and warm water. Ocean beaches, of course, run along the Cape’s eastern shore, and provide unfettered access to the Atlantic, beautiful dunes, and oh-so-chilly water.  

Even after you’ve learned the basics, though, it helps to have a guide, and that’s where we come in. Whether you’ve got the kids in tow or are just looking for a romantic spot to watch the sunset, these choice recommendations have it covered.

LOWER CAPE
Coast Guard Beach
Plan on spending the day: The prohibition on parking during the high season means you’ll have to take a shuttle from the Little Creek lot. But it’s worth it to linger a while, anyway. There’s the gleaming old Coast Guard station perched on top of the hill, clear water, exceptional views, and virtually guaranteed seal sightings.
Doane Road, Eastham.

OUTER CAPE

MID-CAPE

UPPER CAPE