Cape Cod Guide 2010: Beaches: Outer Cape
Ballston is managed by the town of Truro and located within the Cape Cod National Seashore, but it gets surprisingly little use for an ocean beach with a parking area. Spread out your towel and savor the quiet.
North Pamet Road, Truro.
Bound Brook Island Beach
Few people seem to know about this bayside beauty, the perfect spot for a mellow afternoon. To get there, find the small parking lot by the Atwood Higgins House and walk down the sandy trail for a hundred yards or so. Then: Relax.
Coles Neck Road to Bound Brook Island Road, Wellfleet.
Herring Cove Beach
Here you’ll find not only superb sunset-watching opportunities, but also vistas of the Cape on clear evenings.
Province Lands Road, Provincetown.
A viewing platform here allows you the rare opportunity to see the sun rising over the ocean and Cape Cod Bay lighting up behind you.
Marconi Beach Road, Wellfleet.
Snail Road Beach
Prepare for a major hike over mountainous dunes. This is for the physically fit only, but worth it for the striking panoramas of the surrounding area.
Snail Road, Provincetown.
Chatham Lighthouse Beach
No beach on the Cape has better surroundings than this one, with a Coast Guard lighthouse behind it, multimillion-dollar homes surrounding it, and even seals passing through.
Main Street, Chatham.
Located not far from downtown Chatham, Hardings is a stunner: beautiful, wide, with gorgeous houses dotting the shoreline. Thanks to its proximity to busy Stage Harbor, it’s also an ideal place to take a walk.
Hardings Beach Road, West Chatham.
Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge
Monomoy affords miles of glorious beach without the not-so-glorious crowds, plus views of Monomoy Island. Keep an eye on the tide or be prepared to get wet up to your ankles as you trek out to the shore and back.
30 Wikis Way, Chatham.
Nauset is the place to go for killer waves and awesome onion rings (at Liam’s, the on-site clam shack). Insider tip: Park at the far end of the lot and follow the path for some privacy.
Beach Road, Orleans.
Tucked into a cove, Paine’s is another bayside beauty. The kids will dig the critter-filled creek that goes out with the tide, and you’ll dig the pure white sand and the expansive looks at the brilliantly lit-up coast on either side.
Paine’s Creek Road, Brewster.
The vistas are similar to those at nearby Skaket Beach, but with the added attraction of the town’s active fishing boats bobbing in their berths.
Rock Harbor Road, Orleans.
Wildly popular early in the day, this beach usually clears out by late afternoon. That’s when the locals show up, particularly when the weather’s fair, to watch the spectacular sunset dip over the Provincetown Monument far off in the distance.
Skaket Beach Road, Orleans.